Nicole Miller, (PhD Researcher)


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PhD Researcher Profile

Title: Reducing overdose and overdose deaths in Ireland: Understanding the options and how are they perceived. 

PhD Researcher Profile

This is PhD seeks to identify how the intersection of public policy, attitudes and stigma impact policy initiatives to reduce overdose using mixed methods. The project is interdisciplinary and incorporates health psychology, sociology, social psychology, and public health. The research will have a direct impact on those dealing with mental health and drug addiction locally in Ireland and internationally.

The first empirical study involved a qualitative survey to assess attitudes towards overdose prevention policies across Ireland. The second study will use qualitative methods to further identify the barriers and facilitators for the effective implementation of such policies using  interviews with various stakeholders.


Academic background

Nicole Miller completed her MSc in Health Psychology at the University of Westminster in 2018.  Upon completion of her MSc she was awarded a PhD opportunity at the University of Ulster. Her research and clinical work with survivors of multiple opioid overdoses informs the project and provides a clinically informed approach to the joint research endeavors of the team.

 Clinical work

 Nicole has international experience in clinical work in addiction. Her training in addiction commenced in 2008 at Charles R Drew University in Los Angeles, CA and she later obtained a certificate in Alcohol and Drug counselling in 2010. She is proficient in techniques of Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness-based relapse prevention and the use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) for addiction. She has helped develop programs that use alternative approaches for addiction (Solid Landings behavioral Health).

  Research and Teaching Interests

Nicole has experience in various research projects that include addiction, positive psychology, health diagnosis, and wellbeing. She is well-rounded in research methods being both proficient in qualitative methodologies such as thematic analysis and Interpretative phenological analysis and quantitative techniques. Her teaching experience spans from children to young adults. She currently lectures in Counseling skills at Belfast Metropolitan College and will continue to expand her skills in teaching at the undergraduate and postgraduate level at Ulster


Nicole has a passion for bringing research to a non-research audience. While working at The Priory Group she has used her quantitative research skills to lead an audit on addiction treatment outcomes that informed treatment approaches for the unit. She has written about addiction for company newsletters targeted to GP’s, the general public, and has spoken with the press in relation to drug trends in the London area.  Additionally, she has written blog articles on the use of CAM for addiction and health. Nicole welcomes any opportunity to collaborate on research or writing projects related to addiction, mental illness and wellbeing. 

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

Education/Academic qualification

Master, University of Westminster

14 Sep 201714 Sep 2018

Award Date: 14 Sep 2018

Master, Middlesex University

6 Oct 20166 Oct 2017

Award Date: 6 Oct 2017

Bachelor, Antioch University Culver City

Award Date: 29 Jun 2012


1 Jan 2019 → …

External positions

Addiction Therapist- The Priory Group, The Priory Group

1 Mar 201831 Dec 2018

Counsellor/ Alternative Therapist- Solid Landings Behavioural health, Solid Landings Behavioural health

1 Feb 20141 Mar 2016

Summer Research Assistant- National Institute of Drug Abuse, National Institute of Drug Abuse

1 Jun 20121 Sep 2012

Addiction Research Assistant, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

1 Feb 20101 Aug 2011

Addiction Counselling Intern- Spectrum Services, SPECTRUM Services C/O Charles R Drew University

1 May 20091 May 2010

Lecturer, Belfast metropolitan college

Mar 0202 → …


  • BF Psychology
  • Overdose prevention
  • Naloxone
  • Yoga
  • Qualitative methods
  • addiction


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