Student's work to be published in key academic journal


BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology (Counselling and Health) student Liene Bluma (37) has been selected as a contributor for one of the world’s leading academic journals, Emerald Insight Journal - ‘Drugs and Alcohol Today’.

Liene, who is currently in the final year of the BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology (Counselling and Health) programme was over the moon to hear that her work had been accepted for publication.

Liene explained: “A friend of mine attended a conference in London and came back with the recommendation to submit a piece of work for consideration for ‘Drugs and Alcohol today’.

“It will be incredibly exciting to see my work published and the tutors at the University Centre at Blackburn College have been very supportive and encouraging of my work.”

The article, which formed part of Liene’s second year undergraduate research project, is entitled “The role of spirituality in alcohol abstinence self-efficacy amongst Alcoholics Anonymous members” and is due to be published later this year.

James Waterhouse, Lecturer on the BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology programme at the University Centre at Blackburn College said: “Being published in a peer-reviewed academic journal as an undergraduate student is a rare experience and represents a huge achievement for Liene. It demonstrates the extraordinary effort that she put into her work.

“Liene showed exceptional sensitivity in the collection of her data, demonstrating real consideration for the participants and their experiences. Her work will hopefully help others overcome issues relating to alcohol addiction.

Liene added: “I have really enjoyed studying the BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology (Counselling and Health) programme and plan to continue my studies with a Masters in Psychology. I would really like to become a Clinical Psychologist once I have finished my studies.”

James added: “Liene should be incredibly proud of her achievement and this accolade will certainly prepare her well for postgraduate study.”


20 Apr 2018, 10:23 AM

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