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Shannon Maloney

PhD, BA (Hons)


  • National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), Flourishing and Well-being Theme

Shannon is a postdoctoral researcher for the Flourishing and Well-being Theme, supported by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC). The primary aim of the Flourishing and Well-being Theme, led by Professor Ilina Singh, is to develop and evaluate interventions and initiatives that can enable flourishing.

The Flourishing and Well-being BRC Theme aims to seek and understand a specific type of flourishing, Ecological-Collective-Flourishing (E-Co-Flourishing), whereby one’s own flourishing is pursued in such a way that supports, rather than hinders, the flourishing of ecological systems, collectives, and their members (e.g., humans and non-humans). 

Shannon's work so far, supported by Professor Ilina Singh and Professor Willem Kuyken, has involved conceptual work around the definition and operationalization of E-Co-Flourishing; identifying target mechanisms; and the development of a process model that outlines the proposed programme theory for E-Co-Flourishing interventions and initiatives.

This work spans different disciplines (e.g., ecology, plant sciences, humanities, philosophy) and operates from a model of interdisciplinarity and patient, public, involvement, engagement, and participation (PPIEP) strategies. 

Shannon started her postdoctoral researcher role in May of 2023, after completing her PhD, at the University of Oxford, Department of Psychiatry. Under the primary supervision of Professor Willem Kuyken, her Ph.D. thesis explored the acceptability, effectiveness, and mechanisms of mindfulness-based programmes across the entire population distribution, from mental ill health to well-being and flourishing.