Sian Koskela

Sian Koskela

School: Rehabilitation Sciences

Job Title: Research Associate



Sian is a research associate on a three-year study funded by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy implementing and evaluating the Active Residents in Care Homes Programme (ARCH) in three residential care homes in south London. ARCH is a person-centred holistic programme addressing organisational and environmental barriers to meaningful activity and devising personalised activity programmes for residents aged over 65 years. It aims to improve the health, wellbeing and quality of life of care home residents through increasing their levels of meaningful activity. The study, led by professor Michael Hurley, is assessing the efficacy, acceptability and cost-effectiveness of the programme.

Prior to this, Sian worked with professor Vari Drennan as a researcher on a three-year study funded by the Big Lottery Fund and led by Victim Support, exploring the extent, nature and impact of victimisation among people with mental health problems as well as their experiences of accessing justice and support after crime. She is currently completing an MSc by Research at the Faculty, exploring the impacts of criminal victimisation on adults with mental health problems.

Sian previously worked in the voluntary and community sector in various programme management and research roles. This included developing and managing a nationwide refugee mentoring programme to support the integration of refugees in the UK at TimeBank, providing advice and support to women experiencing domestic violence on the National Domestic Violence Helpline and evaluating programmes such as UnLtd's Big Challenge programme for young social entrepreneurs and Alone in London's Mind Connect counselling service for young people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Academic and professional qualifications

  • MSc, by Research, Kingston University
  • BA(Hons), Sociology and History, University of Warwick

Professional experience

  • 2014 - present
    Research Associate, Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education, Kingston University and St George's, University of London
  • 2011 - 2014
    Researcher, Victim Support
  • 2011 - 2013
    Visiting Researcher, Kings College London, Institute of Psychiatry
  • 2010 - 2011
    Evaluation Consultant, Various voluntary sector organisations
  • 2009 - 2010
    Programme Manager, Council for Assisting Academic Refugees
  • 2005 - 2009
    Programme Manager, TimeBank

Research interests

Experiences of older people in care homes; adults and young people with mental health problems; criminal victimisation of people with mental health problems; service user perspectives and experiences; integrating research into policy practice.