• Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

  • 974 Citations
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Gillian Shorter is a Reader in Psychology in the Institute of Mental Health Sciences at Ulster University. She leads the Ulster Social Justice and Substance Use Research Group in the School of Psychology.

Dr Shorter's research focuses on alcohol and drug use; major contributors to change in psychological wellbeing and health. Her research includes work on change in substance use including alcohol brief interventions, overdose prevention, long-term alcohol problems, and harm reduction initiatives. She works to involve experts by experience in her work from idea to implementation. Dr Shorter has expertise in trials and reviews methodology principally recruitment, retention, and outcome selection particularly in mental health. Her work has been supported through funding from the Medical Research Council, Extern, Karolinska Institutet, Home Office, Public Health Agency, HSC R&D Office, Economic and Social Research Council, British Tinnitus Association, and Alcohol Change UK.

Dr Shorter has previously held posts at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin and Health Services Executive (Senior Research Fellow), Teesside University (Research Fellow), Nottingham Trent University (Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Psychology), Ulster University (Lecturer in Clinical and Population Trial Methodology, Research Fellow and Associate), and Department of Health Social Services and Public Safety (Health Services Researcher)

Education/Academic qualification

Unknown, Nottingham Trent University


Bachelor, University of Liverpool


  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • alcohol use
  • drug use
  • addictive behaviours
  • addiction
  • psychology
  • Mental Health
  • randomised trials
  • methodology
  • BF Psychology

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Research Output

Randomized controlled trial of a brief versus extended Internet intervention for problem drinkers

Cunningham, JA., Shorter, G. W., Murphy, M., Kushnir, V., Rehm, J. & Hendershot, CS., 21 Oct 2016, In : International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 24, 5, p. 760–767 8 p.

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Open Access
  • 10 Citations (Scopus)
    2 Downloads (Pure)

    The Dark Triad, happiness and subjective well-being

    Egan, VE., Chan, S. & Shorter, G. W., 1 Sep 2014, In : Personality and Individual Differences. 67, p. 17-22 6 p.

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    Open Access
  • 54 Citations (Scopus)
    136 Downloads (Pure)

    The variability of outcomes used in efficacy and effectiveness trials of alcohol brief interventions: A systematic review

    Shorter, G. W., Bray, JW., Giles, E., O'Donnell, A., Berman, A., Holloway, A., Heather, N., Barbosa, C., Stockdale, K., Scott, S., Clarke, M. & Newbury-Birch, D., 30 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. 80, 3, p. 286-298 13 p.

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  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Polydrug use typologies and childhood maltreatment in a Nationally representative survey of Danish young adults

    Armour, C., Shorter, G. W., Elhai, J. D., Elklit, A. & Christoffersen, MN., 21 Jan 2015, In : Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. 75, 1, p. 170-178 9 p.

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  • 18 Citations (Scopus)

    Prioritization of Outcomes in Efficacy and Effectiveness of Alcohol Brief Intervention Trials: International Multi-Stakeholder e-Delphi Consensus Study to Inform a Core Outcome Set

    Shorter, G. W., Heather, N., Bray, J., Berman, A. H., Giles, E. L., O'Donnell, A. J., Barbosa, C., Clarke, M., Holloway, A. & Newbury-Birch, D. A., 30 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. 80, 3, p. 299-309 11 p.

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  • 4 Citations (Scopus)


    Alcohol Forum Research and Education Symposium

    Gillian Shorter (Speaker)
    7 Feb 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Institute of Alcohol Studies (External organisation)

    Gillian Shorter (Member)
    1 Apr 20201 Apr 2023

    Activity: MembershipMembership of board

    Patient and public involvement (PPI) in trial oversight: an ethnographic study of eight clinical trials

    KD Coulman (Speaker), Gillian Shorter (Speaker), A Nicholson (Speaker), A Shaw (Speaker), Anne Daykin (Speaker), Helen Cramer (Speaker), Carrol Gamble (Speaker), Rhiannon Macefield (Speaker), Malcolm E Pick (Speaker), Lucy E Selman (Speaker), Matt R Sydes (Speaker), Gordon Taylor (Speaker), J Athene Lane (Speaker)
    6 Oct 201910 Oct 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    International Consortium for Health Outcome Measurement

    Gillian Shorter (Participant)
    1 May 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...


    Modelling patterns of polydrug use in the population of Great Britain: A latent class approach

    Author: Shorter, G. W., 1 Jul 2009

    Supervisor: Shevlin, M. (Supervisor) & Bunting, B. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    The next day effects of a normal night's drinking on cognition and human performance

    Author: Devenney, L., May 2019

    Supervisor: Shorter, G. W. (Supervisor), Brick, N. (Supervisor) & Coyle, K. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis