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Paula Corcoran

Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Psychology

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D213, Rhind Building

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City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Dr Corcoran took her BSc Psychology at Middlesex University. She then started an MSc in Research Methods (Social Psychology) at the Methodology Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science.

She has recently completed her PhD at City University London entitled 'An exploratory study of the social representations of heroin and heroin users'.

Dr Corcoran was a visiting lecturer at Kingston University (Surrey) and City before becoming a permanent member of the City staff team in 2009. She is director of City's MSc Health Psychology.

Dr Corcoran has also held several management positions in services working with street homeless drug users, Phoenix House rehabilitation centre and a third stage housing project for clients in recovery from substance misuse. She specialises in working with hard-to-reach clients and substance misuse and addiction issues.


Dr Corcoran is currently exploring issues of loss and bereavement around addiction, and working on a book on communication issues with hard to engage clients.


Journal articles (3)

  1. O'Toole Thommessen, S.A., Corcoran, P. and Todd, B.K. (2017). Voices rarely heard: Personal construct assessments of Sub-Saharan unaccompanied asylum-seeking and refugee youth in England. Children and Youth Services Review, 81, pp. 293–300. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.08.017.
  2. Thommessen, S.A.O.T., Corcoran, P. and Todd, B.K. (2015). Experiences of arriving to Sweden as an unaccompanied asylum-seeking minor from Afghanistan: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. Psychology of Violence, 5(4), pp. 374–383. doi:10.1037/a0038842.
  3. Early, F. and Corcoran, P. (2013). How Can Mass Participation Physical Activity Events Engage Low-Active People? A Qualitative Study. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 10(6), pp. 900–909. doi:10.1123/jpah.10.6.900.