Portrait of Jessie Newsome

Jessie Newsome

Research Assistant


Jessie started work with the Tizard Centre in 2021 as a Research Assistant, working as part of the “Safer Online Lives” research team, on a grant awarded to Dr Paraskevi Triantafyllopoulou from NIHR School for Social Care Research. This research aims to investigate internet use and online safety for people with intellectual disabilities.

Jessie graduated with a First-Class BA (Hons.) in Applied Psychology from University College Cork in 2018, and achieved an MSc with Distinction in Forensic Psychology at the University of Kent in 2019. Before joining the Tizard Centre, Jessie worked as a Mental Health Support Worker in a Low Secure Unit, specialising in the care of adults with intellectual disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, mental health disorders and other complex needs. In 2021, alongside her Research Assistant role at the Tizard Centre, Jessie began working as an Assistant Psychologist in this service. Within this role, she is contributing to a research project investigating Positive Behaviour Support.

Previously, Jessie has worked in a variety of voluntary mental health roles, including being a peer mentor for Kent, Surrey, and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company (KSS CRC), where she supported individuals on licence in the community, following release from prison.

Research interests

  • Online safety and people with intellectual disabilities
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