Lizzy Winstone

Institution: University of Bristol (Suicide and self-harm research group (SASH), Population Health Sciences), England.

Supervisory team: Dr Becky Mars.

Position: Senior Research Associate.

Current research: My PhD research explored different types of social media use in adolescence and associations with self-harm, anxiety, depression and poor well-being. I am now working on a qualitative study of engagement with online lived experience stories among those who self-harm. I am also working on an ecological momentary assessment (EMA) study, which will examine proximal predictors of self-harm and suicidal thoughts and behaviours.

Research Interests:

  • Social media use and online behaviour as both risk and protective factors for self-harm and poor mental health.
  • Ecological momentary assessment (EMA) in the study of self-harm.
  • Mixed methods research.
  • Young people’s mental health.
  • Integrated Motivational-Volitional model of suicide.

Key Publications:

  • Winstone, L., Mars, B., Haworth, C.M.A., & Kidger, J. (2022). Types of social media use and digital stress in early adolescence. Journal of Early Adolescence.   
  • Winstone, L., Mars, B., Haworth, C.M.A., Heron, J., & Kidger, J. (2022). 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 Kingdom. JCPP Advances, e12071.    
  • Barthorpe, A., Winstone, L., Mars, B., & Moran, P. (2020). Is social media screen time really associated with poor adolescent mental health? A time use diary study. Journal of affective disorders, 274, 864-870.
  • Padmanathan, P., Bould, H., Winstone, L., Moran, P., & Gunnell, D. (2020). Social media use, economic recession and income inequality in relation to trends in youth suicide in high-income countries: a time trends analysis. Journal of affective disorders, 275, 58-65.
  • Mars, B., Gunnell, D., Biddle, L., Kidger, J., Moran, P., Winstone, L., & Heron, J. (2020). Prospective associations between internet use and poor mental health: A population-based study. PLoS one, 15(7), e0235889.

Can help with: I have experience with mixed methods research, survey design, systematic reviews, latent class analysis (Mplus), ideal-type analysis, and interviewing young people. I’m also happy to help with proof-reading.

What’s essential to your well-being? Having a good work-life balance 🙂 . I have two young daughters who keep me busy and help me maintain a balance.

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