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From childhood to old age.

Psychology at Heriot-Watt focuses on providing
excellent learning experience combined with strong
and active research culture

Research interests

My research interests span a number of areas relevant to health and social psychology. In particular, I have an interest in adolescent health including risk behaviours, psychological resilience, health inequalities and health-service use.


I was appointed Assistant Professor in Psychology at Heriot-Watt University in August 2016. I am also an honorary Senior Research Associate at UCL Institute of Child Health working on a Department of Health-funded portfolio of research to inform adolescent health policy. I completed my PhD focusing on wellbeing throughout the lifespan at the University of Dundee in 2009.


Khadr S, Jones K, Mann S, Hale DR, Johnson A, Viner RV, Mercer C, & Wellings K. Investigating the relationship between substance use and sexual behaviour in young people in Britain: Findings from a national probability survey. BMJ Open (In press).

Hale DR, & Viner RM. The correlates and course of multiple health risk behaviour in adolescence. BMC Public Health (In press).

Shackleton N, Hale DR, Bonell C, & Viner RM. Intra-class correlation values for adolescent health outcomes in secondary schools in 21 European countries. SSM Population Health. 2016;2:217-225

Shackleton N, Hale DR, & Viner RM. Trends in health at the beginning of adolescence in the UK: evidence from two birth cohorts 30 years apart. Archives of Disease in Childhood. 2015;100(Suppl 3): A210-A210.

Hale DR, Bevilacqua L, & Viner RM. Adolescent health and adult education and employment: A systematic review. Pediatrics. 2015;136(1):128-140.

Bonell, Chris, et al. Initiating change locally in bullying and aggression through the school environment (INCLUSIVE): a pilot randomised controlled trial. Health Technology Assessment. 2015;19: 1-110.

Vallejo-Torres L, Hale DR, Morris S, & Viner RM. Income-related inequality in health and health-related behaviour: exploring the equalisation hypothesis. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 2014;68(7):615-21.

Hale DR, Fitzgerald-Yau N, & Viner RM. A Systematic Review of Effective Interventions for Reducing Multiple Health Risk Behaviors in Adolescence. American Journal of Public Health. 2014;104(5):e19-e41.

Hale DR, & Viner RM. Trends in the prevalence of multiple substance use in adolescents in England, 1998-2009. Journal of Public Health. 2013. 10.1093/pubmed/fdt022

Hale DR, Patalay P, Fitzgerald-Yau N, Hargreaves DS, Bond L, Görzig A, et al. School-Level Variation in Health Outcomes in Adolescence: Analysis of Three Longitudinal Studies in England. Prevention Science. 2013:1-11. 10.1007/s11121-013-0414-6

Fitzgerald-Yau N, Hale DR, & Viner RM. No longer a Black and White question: Gender and ethnic differences in multiple health risk behaviours (MHRBs) and their associated risk and protective factors. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2013;2(suppl 1):S99 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2012.10.233

Hale DR, & Viner RM. Policy responses to multiple risk behaviours in adolescents. Journal of Public Health. 2012;34(suppl 1):i11-i9. 10.1093/pubmed/fdr112

Scott, S, Bonell, C, Fitzgerald - Yau, N, Hale, DR, Bond, L, Wiggins, M, et al. A pilot trial of the INCLUSIVE intervention for initiating change locally in bullying and aggression through the school environment: study protocol and logic model. BMC Public Health 2012.



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