School of Health in Social Science

Research and Community Engagement

We have a strong national and international reputation as a major centre for research from combined perspectives of health and social science. Our engagement with the local community is of high importance to our school and it informs our research.

Clinical Psychology

The research interests of the Clinical and Health Psychology department include national and international collaborations, with many projects involving NHS partnerships.

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Counselling Psychotherapy and Applied Social Sciences

Counselling, Psychotherapy and Applied Social Sciences has a long standing commitment to original empirical and theoretical research that engages critically with the practices of counselling and psychotherapy.

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Nursing Studies

We offer a lively research environment that has a mix of interests and methods, we engage in innovative social science research which aims to improve patient and family experiences, develop practice and enhance nurse education through empirical and conceptual research.

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Hope Park Counselling Centre

We offer counselling to individuals over the age of sixteen living in the Edinburgh area.

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Ethics policy and procedures

All research executed under the auspices of the School of Health in Social Science (SHSS) must have undergone formal ethical review within the UK, prior to commencing data collection.

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Centre for Applied Developmental Psychology

The overarching aspiration of our group is to enhance children and young people’s well being as well as their recovery in the face of mental health problems. This underpins our core research activities, teaching and knowledge exchange in collaboration with partners in the NHS, voluntary organisations, education and social services.

Edinburgh Centre for Research on the Experience of Dementia

We are an interdisciplinary group of dementia researchers, people with dementia, dementia practitioners and representatives from a range of dementia organisations. We are interested in exploring and developing theories, methods and impact around the experience of living with dementia.

Centre for Homeless and Inclusion Health

The Centre for Homeless and Inclusion Health is a collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and local partners in Scotland to improve the health and wellbeing of people who experience homelessness. 

Centre for Creative-Relational Inquiry

The Centre for Creative-Relational Inquiry (CCRI) fosters innovative qualitative research that places the relational at its heart. Key to the vision for the Centre is that it develop the ‘creative-relational’ as a dynamic conceptual frame for vibrant, incisive research.

Applied Ageing Research Network

The Applied Ageing Research Network is focused on conducting high quality applied and clinical research with the aim of improving the health, care and wellbeing of older people.

Research excellence and national assessment (REF2014)

The School of Health in Social Science achieves excellent rankings in national research assessment.