Hilary Causer

Institution: University of Surrey, England.

Position: Research Fellow.

Current research: Exploring the impact of colleague suicide on NHS staff. Seeking to understand their needs so as to inform the development of organisational postvention guidelines.

Research interests:

  • Impact of suicide in the workplace
  • Impact of suicide on wider networks
  • Impact of student suicide on Higher Education staff
  • Lived experience / participants voice.
  • Qualitative methodologies

Recent publications:

  • Causer, H., Bradley, E., Muse, K., Smith, J. (2021). Bearing witness: A grounded theory of the experiences of staff at two United Kingdom Higher Education Institutions following a student death by suicide. PLoS ONE 16(5): e0251369.
  • Villa, D., Causer, H., & Riley, G. (2020). Experiences of identity change following traumatic brain injury: a meta-synthesis of qualitative research. Disability & Rehabilitation.
  • Causer, H., Muse, K., Smith, J., & Bradley, E. (2019). What is the experience of practitioners in health, education or social care roles following a death by suicide? A qualitative research synthesis. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health 16, 3293.
  • Causer, H. (in press). Responding to the needs of staff impacted by a student suicide. In S. Mallon & J. Smith (Eds.) Preventing and Responding to Student Suicide: A Practical Guide for FE and HE Settings. Jessica Kingsley.

Can help with: Listening/counselling skills; qualitative research methods and skills; post-viva experience; dealing with thesis corrections; reflexive practice; safeguarding and risk assessment for ethics applications/lone working; self-care.

What’s essential to your well-being? Clear work/life boundaries & switching off; peer networks and peer support; working away from the screen; challenge and kindness; music; walking and wide-open spaces; nature; silence; photography; fiction, film; art; laughter.

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