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I am a mixed methods researcher interested in young people's mental health, well-being and self-harm. My PhD focused on how young people use social media (in terms of different online activities), and whether this relates to their mental health. I also explored how connected young people feel to their peers, family and school, and how this relates to their social media use.
Before starting my PhD I worked for several years as a survey methodologist for the European Social Survey, a cross-sectional general attitudes survey conducted every two years in more than 20 countries. Based at City University London, I specialised in questionnaire design, (cross-national) equivalence, survey non-response and survey project management. I have also previously worked in local authority public health teams as a data analyst, researcher and strategist, specialising in Joint Strategic Needs Assessments of local populations.
MSc Social Research Methods (Distinction), London School of Economics and Political Science
Award Date: 1 Sept 2009
BA (1st Class Honours) Social Psychology, University of Sussex
Award Date: 31 Aug 2007
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- NIHR SPHR
- mental health and wellbeing
- children and adolescents
- social media
- social connectedness
- public health
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1/11/23 → 31/07/24
Churchill Fellowship: Teaching algorithmic literacy to young people to promote positive social media use
22/07/24 → 2/09/24
Winstone, L. & McPin Foundation
17/04/23 → 30/06/23
Adolescent social media user types and their mental health and well-being: Results from a longitudinal survey of 13–14-year-olds in the United KingdomWinstone, L. A., Mars, B., Haworth, C. M. A., Heron, J. E. & Kidger, J. L., 10 Mar 2022, (E-pub ahead of print) In: JCPP Advances. p. 1-10 e12071.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile232 Downloads (Pure)
Social media use and social connectedness among adolescents in the United Kingdom: a qualitative exploration of displacement and stimulationWinstone, L., Mars, B., Haworth, C. M. A. & Kidger, J., 24 Sept 2021, In: BMC Public Health. 21, 15 p., 1736.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile17 Citations (Scopus)203 Downloads (Pure)
Is social media screen time really associated with poor adolescent mental health? A Time Use Diary StudyBarthorpe, A. E., Winstone, L., Mars, B. & Moran, P. A., 1 Sept 2020, In: Journal of Affective Disorders. 274, p. 864-870 7 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile39 Citations (Scopus)2089 Downloads (Pure)
Winstone, L. A., 21 Jun 2022
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis › Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)File