Dr Ambrose Melson

  • Research Fellow (Mental Health & Wellbeing)

Biography

Ambrose or 'Jack’ joined the Institute of Health and Wellbeing in December 2014, where he now works as a Research Fellow in Mental Health and Wellbeing. Before joining the University of Glasgow, he worked in the Prevention of Alcohol-related Harm Research Group, Population Health Sciences, at the University of Dundee.

He obtained his Ph.D in the psychology of alcohol-misuse prevention and measurement from the University of Strathclyde, where he also received BA (Hons) and Masters in Research Methods degree awards in psychology.

He is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, Associate Editor for BMC Pilot and Feasibility Studies and a member of Scottish Government's Distress Brief Intervention Programme Board.


Research interests

Jack is interested in 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 enhance understanding of the aetiology and prevention/management of self-harm, suicidal behaviour and emotional distress; and the translation of this knowledge into the development and implementation of complex interventions. He is also interested in a wide range of topics in the alcohol field, including improving measurement methods and the design and development of brief interventions for alcohol problems. His current work bring together these interests, with projects focusing on enhancing understanding of the role of alcohol and other lifestyle factors in self-harm and suicidal behaviour, as well as development, implementation and extension of a national Distress Brief Intervention for frontline services in Scotland.


Publications

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2020

Zortea, T. C. , Cleare, S. , Melson, A. J. , Wetherall, K. and O'Connor, R. C. (2020) Understanding and managing suicide risk. British Medical Bulletin, (doi: 10.1093/bmb/ldaa013) (PMID:32435794) (Early Online Publication)

2019

Melson, A. J. and O'Connor, R. C. (2019) Differentiating adults who think about self-harm from those who engage in self-harm: the role of volitional alcohol factors. BMC Psychiatry, 19, 319. (doi: 10.1186/s12888-019-2292-3)

Kirtley, O. J., Melson, A. J. and O'Connor, R. C. (2019) Future-oriented constructs and their role in suicidal ideation and enactment. In: Hirsch, J. K., Chang, E. C. and Kelliher Rabon, J. (eds.) A Positive Psychological Approach to Suicide. Series: Advances in mental health and addiction. Springer: Cham, pp. 17-36. ISBN 9783030032241 (doi:10.1007/978-3-030-03225-8_2)

2018

Crombie, I. K. et al. (2018) Texting to Reduce Alcohol Misuse (TRAM): main findings from a randomised controlled trial of a text message intervention to reduce binge drinking among disadvantaged men. Addiction, 113(9), pp. 1609-1618. (doi: 10.1111/add.14229) (PMID:29855105)

Irvine, L., Melson, A. J. , Williams, B., Sniehotta, F. F., Humphris, G. and Crombie, I. K. (2018) Design and development of a complex narrative intervention delivered by text messages to reduce binge drinking among socially disadvantaged men. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 4, 105. (doi: 10.1186/s40814-018-0298-0)

Crombie, I. K. et al. (2018) Text message intervention to reduce frequency of binge drinking among disadvantaged men: the TRAM RCT. Public Health Research, 6(6), pp. 1-156. (doi: 10.3310/phr06060)

Irvine, L., Crombie, I. K., Swanson, V., Dimova, E. D., Melson, A. J. , Fraser, T. M., Barbour, R., Rice, P. M. and Allan, S. (2018) Design and feasibility testing of a novel group intervention for young women who binge drink in groups. PLoS ONE, 13(3), e0193434. (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0193434) (PMID:29494683) (PMCID:PMC5832245)

2017

Irvine, L. et al. (2017) Modifying alcohol consumption to reduce obesity: a randomized controlled feasibility study of a complex community-based intervention for men. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 52(6), pp. 677-684. (doi: 10.1093/alcalc/agx067) (PMID:29016701)

Irvine, L., Melson, A. J. , Williams, B., Sniehotta, F. F., McKenzie, A., Jones, C. and Crombie, I. K. (2017) Real time monitoring of engagement with a text message intervention to reduce binge drinking among men living in socially disadvantaged areas of Scotland. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 24(5), pp. 713-721. (doi: 10.1007/s12529-017-9666-z)

Crombie, I. K. et al. (2017) Modifying Alcohol Consumption to Reduce Obesity (MACRO): development and feasibility trial of a complex community-based intervention for men. Health Technology Assessment, 21(19), (doi: 10.3310/hta21190) (PMID:28414020)

2016

Melson, A. J. , Monk, R. L. and Heim, D. (2016) Self-other differences in student drinking norms research: the role of impression management, self-deception and measurement methodology. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 40(12), pp. 2639-2647. (doi: 10.1111/acer.13241) (PMID:27699801)

2012

Melson, A. J. and Davies, J. B. (2012) Interpreting questionnaire design effects: an update on Melson et al. (2011). Addiction, 107(10), pp. 1883-1884. (doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2012.03988.x) (PMID:22962960)

Martinus, T., Melson, A. J. , Davies, J. B. and Mclaughlin, A. (2012) The ‘social norms’ approach to alcohol misuse prevention: Testing transferability in a Scottish secondary school context. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 19(2), pp. 111-119. (doi: 10.3109/09687637.2011.627066)

2011

Melson, A. J. , Davies, J. B. and Martinus, T. (2011) Overestimation of peer drinking: error of judgement or methodological artefact? Addiction, 106(6), pp. 1078-1084. (doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2011.03392.x) (PMID:21306598)

This list was generated on Wed Jun 3 19:52:57 2020 BST.
Number of items: 14.

Articles

Zortea, T. C. , Cleare, S. , Melson, A. J. , Wetherall, K. and O'Connor, R. C. (2020) Understanding and managing suicide risk. British Medical Bulletin, (doi: 10.1093/bmb/ldaa013) (PMID:32435794) (Early Online Publication)

Melson, A. J. and O'Connor, R. C. (2019) Differentiating adults who think about self-harm from those who engage in self-harm: the role of volitional alcohol factors. BMC Psychiatry, 19, 319. (doi: 10.1186/s12888-019-2292-3)

Crombie, I. K. et al. (2018) Texting to Reduce Alcohol Misuse (TRAM): main findings from a randomised controlled trial of a text message intervention to reduce binge drinking among disadvantaged men. Addiction, 113(9), pp. 1609-1618. (doi: 10.1111/add.14229) (PMID:29855105)

Irvine, L., Melson, A. J. , Williams, B., Sniehotta, F. F., Humphris, G. and Crombie, I. K. (2018) Design and development of a complex narrative intervention delivered by text messages to reduce binge drinking among socially disadvantaged men. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 4, 105. (doi: 10.1186/s40814-018-0298-0)

Crombie, I. K. et al. (2018) Text message intervention to reduce frequency of binge drinking among disadvantaged men: the TRAM RCT. Public Health Research, 6(6), pp. 1-156. (doi: 10.3310/phr06060)

Irvine, L., Crombie, I. K., Swanson, V., Dimova, E. D., Melson, A. J. , Fraser, T. M., Barbour, R., Rice, P. M. and Allan, S. (2018) Design and feasibility testing of a novel group intervention for young women who binge drink in groups. PLoS ONE, 13(3), e0193434. (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0193434) (PMID:29494683) (PMCID:PMC5832245)

Irvine, L. et al. (2017) Modifying alcohol consumption to reduce obesity: a randomized controlled feasibility study of a complex community-based intervention for men. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 52(6), pp. 677-684. (doi: 10.1093/alcalc/agx067) (PMID:29016701)

Irvine, L., Melson, A. J. , Williams, B., Sniehotta, F. F., McKenzie, A., Jones, C. and Crombie, I. K. (2017) Real time monitoring of engagement with a text message intervention to reduce binge drinking among men living in socially disadvantaged areas of Scotland. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 24(5), pp. 713-721. (doi: 10.1007/s12529-017-9666-z)

Crombie, I. K. et al. (2017) Modifying Alcohol Consumption to Reduce Obesity (MACRO): development and feasibility trial of a complex community-based intervention for men. Health Technology Assessment, 21(19), (doi: 10.3310/hta21190) (PMID:28414020)

Melson, A. J. , Monk, R. L. and Heim, D. (2016) Self-other differences in student drinking norms research: the role of impression management, self-deception and measurement methodology. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 40(12), pp. 2639-2647. (doi: 10.1111/acer.13241) (PMID:27699801)

Melson, A. J. and Davies, J. B. (2012) Interpreting questionnaire design effects: an update on Melson et al. (2011). Addiction, 107(10), pp. 1883-1884. (doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2012.03988.x) (PMID:22962960)

Martinus, T., Melson, A. J. , Davies, J. B. and Mclaughlin, A. (2012) The ‘social norms’ approach to alcohol misuse prevention: Testing transferability in a Scottish secondary school context. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 19(2), pp. 111-119. (doi: 10.3109/09687637.2011.627066)

Melson, A. J. , Davies, J. B. and Martinus, T. (2011) Overestimation of peer drinking: error of judgement or methodological artefact? Addiction, 106(6), pp. 1078-1084. (doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2011.03392.x) (PMID:21306598)

Book Sections

Kirtley, O. J., Melson, A. J. and O'Connor, R. C. (2019) Future-oriented constructs and their role in suicidal ideation and enactment. In: Hirsch, J. K., Chang, E. C. and Kelliher Rabon, J. (eds.) A Positive Psychological Approach to Suicide. Series: Advances in mental health and addiction. Springer: Cham, pp. 17-36. ISBN 9783030032241 (doi:10.1007/978-3-030-03225-8_2)

This list was generated on Wed Jun 3 19:52:57 2020 BST.

Grants

Grants and Awards listed are those received whilst working with the University of Glasgow.

  • Developing a Distress Brief Intervention
    NHS Health Scotland
    2016 - 2021