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Dr Keely Duddin

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Professional biography

Keely joined the Faculty of Business and Law in 2019 as a Lecturer in Policing, Organisation and Practice. Her background is in Psychology and she is a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society. She is currently module chair and leads a team responsible for designing and implementing the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship, as well as contributing to the overall development of programmes under the Police Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF). Keely also is a member of the Centre for Police Research & Learning (CPRL) which aims to develop research and knowledge exchange with the police members/partnerships involved in the centre and is actively involved in research that CPRL undertakes.

Previously at British Transport Police (BTP), Keely was the Head of Research and Development and responsible for leading a centre of research excellence, ensuring research evidence was used to inform best practice and deliver service improvements. During her time at BTP Keely conducted significant research to contribute to the overall strategy of tackling sexual offences on the railway and in 2017 was nominated for an award in recognition for her leadership and research on suicide prevention and well-being. She was also responsible for implementing an effective force-wide policy function and has received qualifications in project management and leadership. 

Prior to working for the police Keely completed her Masters and PhD in Health Psychology at the University of Bath specialising in well-being research. During this time she worked for Avon and Somerset Constabulary as a Special Constable and undertook specialist training allowing her to work in the Domestic Violence Unit for a number of years.

She brings a wealth of practical and strategic knowledge through her previous roles and experience and has a variety of research interests.

Research interests

Current Research Projects: 

"Are forces past their ‘due date’? The impact of a mother’s experience during pregnancy and returning to the workplace after a period of maternity leave".   

 "The impact of police forces and football clubs working together to provide a platform for coaching and mentoring for young people who have received a Threat to Life Notice." With Greater Manchester Police and Manchester United.


Research Interests: 

Keely has a variety of research interests and expertise which centre around well being, suicide prevention, maternity and perinatal mental health, health psychology, and evidence based policing. She has a particular interest in impact-focused research.  


Why Choose the Railway? An Exploratory Analysis of Suicide Notes From a Sample of Those Who Died by Suicide on the Railway (2022-09)
Duddin, Keely S. E. and Raynes, Benjamin
Crisis, 43(5) (pp. 419-425)

Introducing the WHOQOL-SRPB BREF: developing a short-form instrument for assessing spiritual, religious and personal beliefs within quality of life (2013-06)
Skevington, Suzanne M.; Gunson, Keely Sarah and O’Connell, Kathryn Ann
Quality of Life Research, 22(5) (pp. 1073-1083)

Predictors of asking medical personnel about handwashing: The moderating role of patients’ age and MRSA infection status (2007-09)
Luszczynska, Aleksandra and Gunson, Keely S. E.
Patient Education and Counseling, 68(1) (pp. 79-85)

Perinatal Mental Health and Employment: Exploring the Work-Illness Intersection in the Context of UK Policing (2024-02)
Wilkinson, Krystal; Lennie, Sarah-Jane and Duddin, Keely
In: Wilkinson, Krystal and Woolnough, Helen eds. Work-Life Inclusion: Broadening Perspectives Across the Life-Course (pp. 95-108)
ISBN : 978-1-80382-219-8 | Publisher : Emerald Publishing Limited | Published : Leeds

Evaluating the Manchester United Foundation GOAL project: The impact of working with young people who have received a Threat to Life Notice (2023-10-26)
Kadry, Ahmed and Duddin, Keely
In : Collaborative Action Research Network Conference 2023 (26-28 Oct 2023, Manchester, UK)

Perinatal mental health and police life (2023)
Wilkinson, Krystal; Lennie, Sarah-Jane and Duddin, Keely
In : GWO 2023: Gender, Work and Organization Conference (28-30 Jun 2023, Stellenbosh, South Africa)

Maternity Experiences in UK policing (2023)
Duddin, Keely and Wright, Kendal
In : Perinatal Mental Health and Policing Life Conference (18 Jan 2023, Manchester, UK)

The Motherhood Penalty: Evidence of maternal bias in the workplace and why policing needs to do more (2023-03-15)
Wright, Kendal and Duddin, Keely
Policing Insight

Are police forces past their due date? Examining the impact of pregnancy, maternity leave and returning to work on women in policing (2023)
Duddin, Keely; Wright, Kendal; Bell, Sean and Wright, Frances
Centre for Policing Research and Learning, The Open University

Mothers and maternity leave: Are police forces past their ‘due date’? (2022-02-01)
Wright, Kendal; Bell, Sean and Duddin, Keely
Policing Insight

Annual EHPS Conference Report (2008-12)
Gunson, Keely; Hackshaw, Lucy and Mounce, Charlotte
The European Health Psychologist