School of Health Sciences and Social Work


Kim Gordon

  • Role Title: PhD Researcher
  • Address: James Watson West 2 King Richard 1st Road Portsmouth PO1 2FR
  • Telephone: 023 92 844428
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  • Department: SHSSW
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


I am a postgraduate research student, working on a doctoral thesis on the wellbeing of ex-military personnel and their pre-enlistment and service experiences throughout the lifespan. Prior to starting my PhD, I studied for a masters in Counselling Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies and received training in school-based cognitive behavioural intervention programmes in San Francisco, promoting the implementation of child and family support for improved academic performance.


Early research interests concentrated on adolescent psychotherapy from multiple perspectives, which incorporated psychological, physiological, philosophical and spiritual themes of adolescents in crisis. My dissertation on dissociation in children focused on the clinical examination of a case study to understand how children embody and dissociate from traumatic and fearful experiences. Currently, I am interested in exploring the experiences of ex-military personnel who have been exposed to combat conditions and their sense-making of these experiences as they return to civilian life. With this in mind, my research aims to provide more information about this population to military and mental healthcare professionals, and whether or not the support needs of this group are being accommodated, if they are even seeking support at all.