Louise Wright

Graduate Teaching Assistant
School of Health and Social Care
Postgraduate Research Student
School of Health and Social Care
 Louise Wright



Louise completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Essex and graduated in 2012 with first class honours. Following this she worked as a research assistant at the university on projects primarily studying judgement and decision making. Louise then secured a post as an assistant psychologist at a secure learning disability service, where her interest in risk and its reduction developed further. Towards the end of 2015, Louise was successful in applying for a doctoral studentship to undertake evaluation of Risk-Avert and as such is now a full-time doctoral student within the School of Health and Social Care.


  • BSc Psychology University of Essex (2012)

Research and professional activities


Understanding the Impact of Risk-Avert

Risk-Avert is a school-based programme that was established by The Training Effect and Essex County Council in 2013 with the aim of reducing risk behaviour in adolescents. Prior to beginning Risk-Avert, adolescents complete the Risk-Avert Screening Tool, which is designed to assess their vulnerability to and engagement in risk behaviour and thus indicate their suitability for participation in the programme. This research project utilises a mixed methods approach and focuses upon a) establishing the validity and reliability of the Risk-Avert Screening Tool, and b) adding to the evidence-base regarding the programme’s effectiveness.

Supervisor: Leanne Andrews , Caroline Barratt



Colchester Campus