Professor Marion Henderson

Social Work and Social Policy (Subject)


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Marion is Professor of Child and Youth Wellbeing and Postgraduate Research Director for the School of Social Work and Social Policy (SWSP), having joined the University of Strathclyde (UoS) in August 2020. Previously, she was Senior Investigator Scientist at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit from 1996 until joining UoS.

At University of Strathclyde, Marion is helping to strengthen interdisciplinary, cross-faculty research collaboration and capacity through research funding and as part of the Inspiring Children’s Futures Doctoral Training Programme. Marion is also collaborating with the Centre for Excellence for Children’s Care, the Children and Young People’s Centre for Justice and the Centre for Sustainable Development.

Currently, Marion is Chief Investigator of two NIHR funded Phase III trials both with rigorous outcome, process and cost-effectiveness evaluations: THRIVE and SEED. In addition, Marion is an investigator on two other NIHR Phase III trials, BeSTand RIGHT. These grants relate to child and youth wellbeing and most are intended for populations facing multiple disadvantage and challenges. The research is conducted in a range of settings encompassing: schools, NHS, social work services, families and in the community. Marion is a co-investigator on an ESRC funded project that uses administrative data to compare the health of care experienced young people with those in the general population (CHICS).

In 1996 Marion joined the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit originally working on the SHARE randomised controlled trial to evaluate teacher-delivered sex education. She then became a grant holder on two linked grants funded by the Scottish Executive and Chief Scientist's Office. These grants involved the external evaluation of the second phase of a national sexual health demonstration project, Healthy Respect, in collaboration with colleagues from the Centre for Integrated Health Research, the Scottish Centre for Social Research and the Universities of Napier and Dundee. Healthy Respect was designed by NHS Lothian and aims to improve the sexual health and wellbeing of young people in Lothian in the long-term, with a particular focus on Midlothian and North West Edinburgh.

Prior to joining MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Marion was a researcher in the Psychology Department at the University of Strathclyde (between 1985 and 1996). She worked on a range of projects which explored the effects of organisations (schools, workplaces and prisons) on the health behaviours of people in these organisations. During that time she held grants from the World Health Organisation, the European Commission, the Scottish Office Education Department, the Economic and Social Research Council and various Health Boards (Community Health Care NHS Trusts).

Marion's Ph.D. in Social and Public Health Sciences, University of Glasgow, was undertaken part-time while working as a researcher and used mixed methods to explore ‘school effects’ on a range of adolescents’ health behaviours (alcohol consumption, smoking, drug-use and physical activity). The thesis moved on to explore the association between the ‘school effects’ and within-school practices.

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The relationship between time spent on social media and adolescent alcohol use : a longitudinal analysis of the UK Millennium Cohort Study
Purba Amrit Kaur, Henderson Marion, Baxter Andrew, Katikireddi S Vittal, Pearce Anna
European Journal of Public Health (2023)
To what extent does time spent on social media influence adolescent use of cigarettes and e-cigarettes : a longitudinal analysis of the UK Millennium Cohort Study
Purba Amrit Kaur, Henderson Marion, Baxter Andrew, Pearce Anna, Katikireddi S Vittal
Lancet (London, England) Vol 400, pp. S73 (2022)
How do pregnant women with additional health or social care needs experience parenting groups : evidence from delivery of Enhanced Triple P for Baby and Mellow Bumps as part of the Trial of Healthy Relationships Initiatives in the Very Early Years (THRIVE)
Buston Katie, MacLachlan Alice, Henderson Marion
Child Care in Practice Vol 28, pp. 721-738 (2022)
Mapping geographic trends in early childhood social emotional, and behavioural difficulties in Glasgow : 2010–2017
Ofili Samantha, Thompson Lucy, Wilson Philip, Marryat Louise, Connelly Graham, Henderson Marion, Barry Sarah J E
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Vol 19, pp. 11520 (2022)
Longitudinal study of diabetes prevalence and hospitalisations among care experienced and general population children in Scotland : evidence of an end of care "cliff edge"?
Allik Mirjam, Leyland Alastair, Henderson Marion
The Lancet Psychiatry Commission on intimate partner violence and mental health : advancing mental health services, research, and policy
Oram Sian, Fisher Helen L, Minnis Helen, Seedat Soraya, Walby Sylvia, Hegarty Kelsey, Rouf Khadj, Angénieux Caroline, Callard Felicity, Chandra Prabha S, Fazel Seena, Garcia-Moreno Claudia, Henderson Marion, Howarth Emma, MacMillan Harriet L, Murray Laura K, Othman Sajaratulnisah, Robotham Dan, Rondon Marta B, Sweeney Angela, Taggart Danny, Howard Louise M
The Lancet Psychiatry Vol 9, pp. 487-524 (2022)

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Professor Marion Henderson
Social Work and Social Policy (Subject)

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