Professor Jo Neale

Professor in Addictions Qualitative Research, National Addictions Centre, IoPPN

Jo has undertaken a range of qualitative and quantitative studies exploring topics relating to both homelessness and addiction. Examples include: the role of hostels for homeless people; service provision for homeless drug users; homeless drug users’ use of computer assisted therapy; social networks and relationships in emergency hostels and night shelters; drug users' views of pharmacy services; non-fatal drug overdose; drug driving; barriers to accessing drug treatment; user involvement in drug treatment decision-making; drug treatment effectiveness; and peer-to-peer education amongst injectors. Her work on the everyday lives of recovering heroin users generated a book produced in collaboration with the Royal Society of Arts.

Her current research focuses on the development of patient reported outcome measures within the addictions; evaluations of recovery oriented interventions; the experiences and needs of people who frequently attend emergency departments for alcohol-related reasons; addiction and sleep; hospital discharge schemes for homeless people; and community pharmacist provision of contraception services for women receiving opiate agonist treatment.