• Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

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Dr Maggie Long is a Lecturer in counselling with the School of Communication and Media since 2011. She is currently Course Director for the BSc Therapeutic Communication and Counselling Studies. She completed her PhD in 2013, which focused on self-harm and help seeking.Dr Long's research interests include mental health, with a specific focus on self-harm and suicide.  She employs an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and researching mental health that draws on sociology and psychology.  She is particularly interested in sociological concepts such as help seeking, labelling, stigma and deviance in relation to mental health. Dr Long is currently supervising five PhD students, carrying out research in the fields of mental health and counselling. Her research findings have been published in key international journals including Qualitative Health Research, Journal of Mental Health and Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing.She has a keen interest in promoting the link between research and practice in the field of counselling in Northern Ireland and has designed Continued Professional Development training for counsellors and other mental health professionals based on her research findings. She has links with community organisations throughout Northern Ireland, developing initiatives such as the Connected "Counselling and Mental Health: Improving quality and governance” project, in collaboration with North-West Regional College and Nexus NI in 2015.Dr Long has disseminated her research findings in a range of forums for the public, professionals in the statutory and community sectors and policy-makers, including the Public Health Agency Self-harm Symposium and Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, School of Sociology and Applied Social Studies

30 Sept 20084 Jul 2013

Award Date: 17 Dec 2013

Master, Counselling and Therapeutic Communication

20 Sept 200630 Sept 2008

Award Date: 20 Dec 2008

Bachelor, English Literature and Sociology, Trinity College Dublin

4 Oct 199830 Jun 2002

Award Date: 1 Jul 2002


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Mental Health
  • Self-harm
  • Help seeking
  • Stigma


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