Kim Heyes

Research Associate
Kim Heyes
   

Responsibilities

Kim joined PERU in September 2017 as a Research Associate. Although her specialisms are in Community Psychology and Mental Health, she has applied these expertise to several diverse research projects since joining PERU. 

Current projects that I am working on are:

WEMA Tanzania funded by GCRF

Reducing Reoffending What Works website (Ongoing) funded by Interserve

An evaluation of the Liaison and Diversion programme funded by Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA)

An evaluation of the Grandmentors programme funded by Volunteering Matters

Behaviour Change Evaluation funded by the GMCA, The Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Commissioner and Greater Manchester Police

Completed projects include:

An Evaluation of the Which? Junior University Programme.

A review of Best practice for supporting adults with learning difficulties and disabilities in prison funded by Novus

An evaluation of Prevent Workshops in England funded by the Home Office

The Accord Evaluation funded by Greater Manchester Police

Rapid evidence assessment of probation supervision funded by Interserve

 

Most recent and forthcoming publications:

Smith, A., Heyes, K., Fox, C., Harrison, J., Kiss, Z. and Bradbury, A. (2019) The effectiveness of probation supervision towards reducing reoffending: a Rapid Evidence Assessment. Probation Journal (In print)

Heyes, K., Traynor, P., Harrison., J., Smith, A. and Fox, C. (2018) A Rapid Evidence Assessment of personal budgets in UK public services – Full report. Manchester Metropolitan University.

Heyes, K., Traynor, P., Harrison., J., Smith, A. and Fox, C. (Submitted for publication) Understanding the impact of Personal Budgets: a Rapid Evidence Assessment of Personal Budget Efficacy in the UK.

Heyes, K., Craig, E. and Szifris, K. (Submitted for publication) A review of Best practice for supporting adults with learning difficulties and disabilities in prison

Heyes, K., Bradbury, L. and Lee-Treweek, G. (Submitted for publication) Key factors affecting migrant women who are victims of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV): A review of the literature to inform policy and practice.

Heyes, K. (2018). Socialisation or Social isolation? Virtual Ethnography and mental ill health. Answering social science questions with social media data #NSMNSS one day conference, Wellcome Collection, London. 10th March 2018 (Funded)

Heyes, K. (2018) Socialisation or Social isolation? Virtual Ethnography and mental ill health. Poster presentation. Social Science and Mental Health Policy one day conference, Edinburgh University 22nd March 2018 (Funded)

Heyes, K. (2017). Individual Illness – Narrative stories of people with mental ill health. Paper presented at Overcoming Barriers and Minds, the 8th Together Against Stigma Conference, Copenhagen, 21st September 2017.

Heyes, K. (2017). Using virtual ethnography to research vulnerable participants online: A case study of mental health online community support forums. Online: SAGE Research Methods http://methods.sagepub.com/case/virtual-ethnography-vulnerable-participants-online-community-support-forums

Heyes, K. (2017). Socialisation or Social Isolation? Mental Health Community Support in the digital age. In El Morr, C (ed) (2017) Novel Applications of Virtual Communities in

Healthcare Settings PA, USA: IGI Global https://www.igi-global.com/chapter/socialization-or-social-isolation/190033.

Background

Prior to joining PERU, Kim worked as a Lecturer in Abuse Studies and Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Cheshire Campus. During this time, she set up the Student Academic Innovations Journal in order to evaluate community cohesion on academic outcomes.

Kim is also in the final year of her PhD which is focusing on the use of online support for people with mental ill health. 

Expertise

Kim's expertise in is Mental Health, Community Psychology and Social Media. Related publications include an article on The Conversation website (2018), which was translated into Spanish, and published in the Malta Times. 

Having been a lecturer in Abuse Studies for 5 years previous to her current role, Kim also gain expertise in a number of areas around Gender and Sexual Based Violence, with a particular focus on displaced people. 

These expertise have been combined in her current role as a Research Associate, where Kim is researching vulnerable people within prison populations, the personalisation of healthcare, and young care leavers. 

 

 

Research Interests

  • Mental Health
  • Online research methods
  • Community Psychology
  • Gender and Sexual Based Violence (GSBV) 
  • Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
  • Perpetrators of Abuse

Research Activity

Kim is currently working on a project that aims to affect policy and empower women in Tanzania. The scoping phase was funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). This enabled the gathering of a consortium of academics, NGOs and Government partners from the UK and Tanzania. This project is called WEMA Tanzania - Women Empowerment through Microfinance Around Tanzania. Wema means 'goodness' in Swahili. 

Research Grants

Global Challenges Research Fund (2018)- £9,000 Empowering Women in Tanzania.

CELT SoTL Grant (2016) – £3880 Facilitating a sense of community, through creating a journal for students, led by students.

Other research activity includes:

Publications

  • Heyes, K (2017) Using virtual ethnography to research vulnerable participants online: A case study of mental health online community support forums. SAGE Research Methods Online DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781526403605
  • Heyes, K (2017) Socialisation or Social Isolation? Mental Health Community Support in the digital age. In El Morr, C (ed) (2017) Novel Applications of Virtual Communities in Healthcare Settings PA, USA: IGI Global DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2958-3.ch002
  • Heyes, K. (2018) Mental Health: the dangers of the social media diagnosis https://theconversation.com/mental-health-the-dangers-of-the-social-media-diagnosis-90717
  • Heyes, K. (2018). Researching online community support forums using virtual ethnography, SAGE Publications Ltd, London, doi: 10.4135/9781526442345. http://methods.sagepub.com/video/srmpromo/p9T0BF/researching-online-community-support-forums-using-virtual-ethnography
  • Heyes, K., Harrison, J., Traynor, P., Smith, A., and Fox, C. (2018) A Rapid Evidence Assessment of personal budgets for UK service users, Manchester: PERU
  • Heyes, K. and Smith, A. (2017) Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programmes Review https://reducing-reoffending.uk/reviews/domestic-violence-perpetrator-programmes

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