Dr Ambrose Melson
- Research Associate (Mental Health & Wellbeing)
Dr Ambrose Melson or ‘Jack’ joined the Institute of Health and Wellbeing in December 2014, where he works as a Research Associate in Mental Health and Wellbeing. Before joining the University of Glasgow, Dr Melson was a Research Fellow in the Prevention of Alcohol-Related Harm research group, within Population Health Sciences at the University of Dundee.
Dr Melson obtained his Ph.D in the psychology of alcohol-misuse prevention and measurement methodology from the University of Strathclyde. Prior to his doctoral research he received BA (hons) and Masters in Research Methods degree awards in psychology from the University of Strathclyde.
He is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and an Associate Editor of Pilot and Feasibility Studies.
Dr Melson’s research interests are varied but tend to focus on psychological approaches to understanding and improving individual and population health and wellbeing. As a member of Professor Rory O’Connor’s Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory his work seeks to apply psychological theory and research to address the aetiology and prevention/management of self-harm and suicidal behaviour. He is also interested in a wide range of topics in the alcohol field, including improving measurement methodology and the design and development of brief interventions for alcohol problems. His current work brings together these different interests, with projects focusing on enhancing understanding of the role of alcohol and other lifestyle factors in self-harm and suicidal behaviours, as well as the development and implementation of a Distress Brief Intervention.