Dr Amy O'Donnell

Post-Doctoral Fellow


Dr Amy O’Donnell is an NIHR School for Primary Care Research Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University. She has a particular interest in research to accelerate the implementation of evidence-based substance use interventions in healthcare settings. Her methodological expertise includes: systematic reviewing; evaluation techniques; and the design, conduct and analysis of mixed methods research. Her current research portfolio comprises: two NIHR SCPR Post-doctoral Fellowship studies ((1) Normalisation Process Theory-informed patient interviews exploring experiences of alcohol interventions in primary care; (2) Interrupted Time Series analysis to assess the impact of financial incentives on alcohol intervention delivery in England); EU ATTUNE study to investigate pathways to stimulant use across Europe; ORBITAL initiative to develop a core outcome set for brief intervention research; and a RE-AIM informed population survey of the implementation of alcohol interventions in the UK, Sweden and Netherlands. Previous experience includes: Cochrane Review of digital interventions for alcohol; BISTAIRS (Brief interventions in the treatment of alcohol use disorders in relevant settings); a pilot feasibility trial of alcohol interventions for students in high school settings (SIPS Jr-HIGH); and evaluations of Sunderland Hospital Liaison Psychiatry service and the NHS111 Helpline Learning and Development Programme. She has also managed national policy evaluations for the UK Department for Work and Pensions and the UK Government Equalities Office, and led a number of European Social Fund research programmes to promote diversity in the labour market.