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Dr Zetta Kougiali

Lecturer in Forensic Psychology. 

    Zetta joined the School of Psychology in 2014. Prior to joining UEL she worked as a Research Assistant within the Prisons Research Centre at the University of Cambridge, while completing her PhD at the University of Portsmouth entitled: ‘Temporalities of change: A synchronic and diachronic examination of the process from addiction to recovery in prison and community settings.’

    Her research focuses in salient features of the phenomenology of addiction and imprisonment, such as temporality, as well as processes and mechanisms of change involved in recovery from substance use and desistance from crime. She is also interested in methodological issues surrounding the way change and treatment effectiveness is measured.


    - Kougiali, Z., Einat, T. & Liebling, A. (2018). Rhizomatic affective spaces and the therapeutic potential of music in prisons: a qualitative meta-synthesis. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 15(1), 1-28.


    - Caine, G., McGrath, L. & Kougiali, G.Z. (2018).Through the prison walls: Using published poetry to explore current UK prisoners’ narratives of past, present and future selves. Qualitative Research in Psychology


    - Kougiali, G. Z., Fasulo, A., Needs, A., & Van Laar, D. (2017). Planting the Seeds of Change: Narrative Construction and the Discontinuous Pathway from Addiction to Recovery. Psychology & Health.

    - Lloyd,C., Page, G., Liebling, A., Grace, S., Templeton, L., Roberts, P. McKeganey, N., Russell, C., and Kougiali, Z. (2017). A short ride on the penal merry-go-round: relationships between prison officers and prisoners within UK Drug Recovery Wings. The Prison Service Journal, 230, 3-14


    - Grace, S., Page, G., Lloyd, C., Templeton, L., Kougiali, Z., McKeganey, N., ... & Russell, C. (2016). Establishing a ‘Corstonian’ continuous care pathway for drug using female prisoners: linking Drug Recovery Wings and Women’s Community Services. Criminology and criminal justice.


    -Kougiali G. Z. (2015). Reordered narratives and the changes in self-understanding from addiction to recovery in R.Piazza & A.Fasulo (Eds.) Marked identities. Narrating lives between social labels and individual biographies. Palgrave.


     -Page, G., Templeton, L., Grace, S., Roberts, P., McKeganey, N., Russell, C, Liebling, A., Kougiali, Z. & Lloyd, C. (2015). Conspicuous by their abstinence: the limited engagement of heroin users in English and Welsh Drug Recovery Wings. International Journal of Drug Policy.


    -Lloyd, C. Page, G., Grace, S., Roberts, P., Templeton, L., McKeganey, N., Russell, C., Liebling, A. & Kougiali, Z. (2015). The ‘Recovery Revolution’ spreads to British Prisons: the case of Drug Recovery Wings. In Rossi, C. (Ed.): Eighth Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy. UniversItalia: Rome.


    - Kougiali, Z., & Sutton, N. (2016):  An Initial Evaluation of the Peer mentoring and 'Through the Gate’ scheme for newly released prisoners in Cumbria: Qualitative Data and Implications. University of East London.

    -  Kougiali, Z., Heyes, J., Joseph, L., Rogers, M., Chihwai, A., Lwanga, M. & Chase, M. (2016). From prison and back again: The lived experiences of health and rehabilitation for women offenders following prison. Interim report. University of East London.

    -Needs A. & Kougiali Z. (2013). An initial evaluation of the ‘A New Direction’ Programme at HMP Kingston: Qualitative data and Implications: University of Portsmouth (Peer reviewed report)

    Conference presentations

    - Kougiali, G.Z. (August, 2017). Directionality and Nonlinearity In The Narrative Construction Of Change and Recovery From Addiction. Paper presented at the 27th Annual Conference of the Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology and Life Sciences, Cincinnati, OH.

    - Kougiali, G.Z. & McGrath, L. (August, 2017). Topology and Complexity In Addiction and Recovery. Paper presented at the 27th Annual Conference of the Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology and Life Sciences, Cincinnati, OH.

    -Rogers, M., Chase, M. & Kougiali, Z. (Sept, 2016). ‘Your on your own’:  Experiences of health and wellbeing for women offenders following prison.  Invited oral presentation:Exploring Offender Health in the North East, The Durham Centre, Durham,UK.

    - Kougiali Z. (October, 2014). The discontinuous shape of change from addiction to recovery. Prisons Research Centre Annual research Meeting, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge.

    - Liebling, A. & Kougiali Z. (2013). Harmony behind bars? The therapeutic potential of prison based music and other arts programmes. Invited talk at the ‘Sharing Good Vibrations. Celebrating 10 Years of Gamelan in Criminal Justice and 25 years of Gamelan at Southbank Centre.

    - Kougiali, Z. & Fasulo, A. (2012). Narratives of change in drug and alcohol use. Paper accepted for presentation at the ‘Thinking About Context: Challenges for Crime and Justice’, 64th Annual Meeting, The American Society of Criminology, Chicago, IL.

    - Kougiali, Z.-G. (2011). Processes of change and recovery in drug and alcohol users. Paper presented at the 'Breaking the Mold: Innovations and Bold Ventures In Criminology', 63rd Annual Meeting, The American Society of Criminology, Washington D.C.

    - Kougiali, Z. (2011). Processes of Change in Drug Abusing Offenders. Paper presented at the BPS, Division of Forensic Psychology Annual Conference, Portsmouth.

    - Kougiali, Z.G. (2010). Processes of Change in Drug Abusing Offenders. Paper presented at the Society for the Study of Addiction Annual Symposium, York.


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