Sharon is currently a research assistant, working in the UCL Division of Psychiatry. The study she is working on aims to develop a measure of social isolation for use in supported accommodation settings, with people who have a severe mental illness. Sharon previously studied a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Sciences at UCL, and through her dissertation project, she developed a research interest in loneliness and social isolation. Prior to this, she completed a degree in psychology at Trinity College Dublin. Sharon's interests include loneliness, social isolation, gender, mental health nosology, young people, digital mental healthcare, anxiety disorders & PTSD, depression, early intervention, suicide.
In her debut blog, Sharon Eager considers a study exploring gender-specific associations of loneliness and suicidal ideation in a representative population sample suggesting that young, lonely men are particularly at risk.