Keely joined the Faculty of Business and Law in 2019 as a Lecturer in Policing, Organisation and Practice. She is part of a team responsible for designing and implementing the new Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship.
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 a finalist for ‘employee of the year’ 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.
Keely brings a wealth of practical and strategic policing knowledge through her previous roles and experience and has a variety of research interests.
Current Research Projects:
"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.
Keely has a variety of research interests and expertise which centre around evidence based policing, suicide prevention, well-being and mental health, counter terrorism, gender and leadership and research methods.
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)
Annual EHPS Conference Report (2008-12)
Gunson, Keely; Hackshaw, Lucy and Mounce, Charlotte
The European Health Psychologist