Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Ms Lorna Templeton

Research Officer

Tel: c/o +44 (0) 1225 386949


Lorna is working with Dr Christine Valentine, and a team of others from the Universities of Bath and Stirling, on a 3 year ESRC funded qualitative study which will consider the experiences and needs of family members affected by the substance misuse related bereavement of a relative.

Lorna holds a BSc in Sociology and an MSc in Social Research (both from the University of Plymouth) and has over 15 years experience of research in the fields of addiction and mental health. Lorna’s area of interest and expertise is in the impact of alcohol and drug problems on children and families and she has been involved in national and international research in this area.

Having previously worked at the National Addiction Centre in London Lorna worked for 13 years for the NHS, at the Bath Mental Health Research & Development Unit (a joint Unit between the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust and the University of Bath). Lorna has worked as an independent research consultant since 2010.

Lorna is on the Board of Trustees of Adfam - the national umbrella organisation supporting the families of those affected by addiction – and she is also a member of Alcohol Research UK's Research Grants Advisory Panel.

Research interests

  • How families are affected by the drug or alcohol misuse of someone else in their family – this includes how they are affected by bereavement
  • Parental substance misuse – how children are affected and how to build their resilience to their experiences and how it has affected them. 
  • The 5-Step Method – a brief structured psychosocial intervention for family members (adults or children and young people) affected by a relative’s substance misuse. Lorna is part of a research group which has developed and tested this intervention, and supported its roll-out (including training) in a range of organisations.


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