Miss Heather McClelland

  • Research Assistant (Mental Health & Wellbeing)
  • Teaching Assistant (MVLS College Graduate School)

telephone: 01412110281
email: Heather.McClelland@glasgow.ac.uk


Ms. Heather McClelland completed her BSc in Applied Psychology at Heriot Watt University (2011) before moving to Glasgow to complete her Masters of Research in Brain Sciences at the University of Glasgow in 2015. Following this Ms. McClelland worked for three years as a CBT clinician for the NHS before moving into full-time academia in 2018.

Currently Ms. McClelland is a full-time research assistant at the Institute of Health and Wellbeing and is involved in a number of clinical projects predominantly exploring mechanisms associated with suicidal ideation and behaviour and supports for brain injury populations.

Additionally, Ms. McClelland is in the process of completing her doctoral degree exploring the role of loneliness in relation to suicidal ideation and behaviour.

Research interests

Ms. McClelland is currently completing a doctoral degree investiagating loneliness in relation to suicidal ideation and behaviour. Ms. McClellands' overarching interests encapsulate self-concept in relation to mental health, including early intervention, postvention and self-help methods.

Currrent research

Among other rapid reviews and book chapters, Ms. McClelland is currently involved in the following studies:

  • A clinical randomised controlled trial exploring the efficacy of memory apps to support memory-impaired brain injury patients
  • A longitudinal study exploring the impact of COVID-19 on mental health and wellbeing.
  • A qualitative study study exploring the role of loneliness in relation to previous suicide attempts

Research Groups

  • Suicide Behaviour Research Laboratory (SBRL; researcher)
  • Social Isolation and Loneliness Mental Health Network (member)
  • Academic Advisory Group (AAG) for the National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group (NSPLG) of the Scottish Government (researcher)

Prizes and Awards

  • Postgraduate Excellence Award, University of Glasgow (2014-2015)
  • Three-Minute Thesis Competition (2nd place), University of Glasgow (2019)


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