Dr Zetta Kougiali

School of Psychology

Zetta is an experienced community and prison researcher in the area of substance use recovery and desistance from crime and has held several academic and research posts in UK HE institutions such as the the University of Cambridge, the University of East London and Roehampton University.

With an academic and professional background in substance use, criminology and critical forensic psychology, her research interests focus on the lived experiences and processes involved in substance use recovery pathways, the exploration of factors that facilitate desistance and recovery as well as the methodological issues involved in the measurement of therapeutic/personal change processes. Her research can be described as interdisciplinary and seeks to understand lived realities within the broader systems that affect pathways into and out of substance use and crime.

Zetta is primarily a qualitative researcher interested in various methodological and epistemological traditions and approaches, particularly those informed by narrative and discursive psychology and methods that allow co-production and participant-led practices.

Journal article

Salt K, Kougiali ZG. 2022. “One of Us”: Reframed Labels, Compassion and Hope in Voluntary Prison Work With Ex-Servicemen International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Kougiali ZG, Pytlik A, Soar K. 2021. Mechanisms and processes involved in women's pathways into alcohol dependence and towards recovery: a qualitative meta-synthesis Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy, 28 :437-453 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

DeValiant G, Kougiali Z, McGrath L. 2021. Using multimodal methods to explore groups with multifaceted roles: The case of prison officers QMiP Bulletin, 1 :5-13 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

DeValiant G, McGrath L, Kougiali Z. 2020. Through the prison walls: using published poetry to explore current UK prisoners’ narratives of past, present and future selves Qualitative Research in Psychology, 17 :240-257 DOI Publisher Url

Kougiali ZG, Soar K, Pytlik A, Brown J, Wozniak K, Nsumba F, Wilkins T, Oliva E, Osunsanya S, Clarke C, Casalotti S, Pendry B. 2020. Jigsaw Recovery: The Spatio-temporalities of Alcohol Abuse and Recovery in a Non-interventionist, Peer-led Service Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 38 :165-183 DOI Publisher Url

Kougiali Z, Einat T, Liebling A. 2018. Rhizomatic affective spaces and the therapeutic potential of music in prison: a qualitative meta-synthesis Qualitative Research in Psychology, 15 :1-28 DOI Publisher Url

Kougiali ZG, Fasulo A, Needs A, Van Laar D. 2017. Planting the seeds of change: Directionality in the narrative construction of recovery from addiction. Psychology & health, 32 :639-664 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Grace S, Page G, Lloyd C, Templeton L, Kougali Z, McKeganey N, Liebling A, Roberts P, Russell C. 2016. Establishing a ‘Corstonian’ continuous care pathway for drug using female prisoners: Linking Drug Recovery Wings and Women’s Community Services Criminology & Criminal Justice, 16 :602-621 DOI Publisher Url

Page G, Templeton L, Grace S, Roberts P, McKeganey N, Russell C, Liebling A, Kougiali Z, Lloyd C. 2016. Conspicuous by their abstinence: The limited engagement of heroin users in English and Welsh Drug Recovery Wings. The International journal on drug policy, 29 :49-56 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Chapters

Kougiali ZG, Fasulo A, Needs A, Laar DV. 2019. Broken and mended Strengths-Based Approaches to Crime and Substance Use :195-218 Routledge DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Kougiali G-Z. 2015. Reordered Narratives and the Changes in Self-Understanding From Addiction to Recovery Marked Identities :149-169 Palgrave Macmillan UK 9781349461905 DOI Publisher Url

Kougiali G-Z. Reordered Narratives and the Changes in Self-Understanding From Addiction to Recovery Marked Identities Palgrave Macmillan DOI Publisher Url

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