Daryl Sweet

BSc, MRes

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Health Foundation Research Fellow


Daryl joined IES in June 2020 as Health Foundation Research Fellow on the Young People’s Future Health programme. His interests include working with marginalised groups on research that promotes improved health and well-being outcomes. He draws on over 12 years’ experience working in social and mental health research.

Daryl has a background in Psychology and a Masters in Social Research Methods. He conducted Northern Ireland’s first published study on male victims of domestic abuse, and worked on a large NIHR study on the ‘community health networks’ of individuals with severe mental illness (SMI). As a senior researcher for the McPin Foundation, he worked across diverse projects, including consultancy for NHS England on secure care reform, evaluations of interventions including an anonymous online chat ‘Beat Stress’ support service and a large intervention for men at risk of suicide, and training peer support workers to deliver a social network mapping intervention to improve health access for people with SMI.

At Queen’s University Belfast he worked within ‘Innovation Zones’ projects with communities most impacted by the Troubles in Northern Ireland, alongside community partners to design programmes for young people to improve aspirations, career pathways, and well-being.

He has experience in a wide range of research methods, including regression modelling, social network analysis, systematic reviewing, survey design, psychometrics, qualitative interviews and analysis, focus groups, and sentiment analysis. Much of his work has used participatory methods including training people with mental health problems to collect and analyse data, and Community Based Participatory Research Methods.


Graduation year Higher education institution Qualification, subject
2006 Queen's University Belfast Bsc Psychology (1st class)
2008 Queen's University Belfast Mres Social Research Methods


 Year  Role  Organisation
2008-2010  Research Officer   Men's Advisory Project
2011-2013  Research Officer  Rethink Mental Illness
2013-2017  Senior Researcher  McPin Foundation
2017-2020  Researcher  Queen's University Belfast


Collom, J.R.D., Davidson, J., Sweet, D., Gillard, S., Pinfold, V. and Henderson, C., 2019. Development of a peer-led, network mapping intervention to improve the health of individuals with severe mental illnesses: protocol for a pilot study. BMJ open, vol. 9, no.6, p.e023768. https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/9/6/e023768.abstract

Degnan, A., Berry, K., Sweet, D., Abel, K., Crossley, N. and Edge, D., 2018. Social networks and symptomatic and functional outcomes in schizophrenia: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology, vol. 53, no.9,pp.873-888 - https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00127-018-1552-8

Winter, K., Neeson, L., Sweet, D., & Connolly, P., 2018. Evaluation of the Early Intervention Support Service in Northern Ireland. Centre for Evidence and Social innovation, Queen's University Belfast - https://pureadmin.qub.ac.uk/ws/portalfiles/portal/155982564/FINAL_EISS_Report_110618.pdf

Sweet, D., Byng, R., Webber, M., Enki, D.G., Porter, I., Larsen, J., Huxley, P. and Pinfold, V., 2018. Personal well-being networks, social capital and severe mental illness: exploratory study. The British Journal of Psychiatry,  vol. 212, no. 5, pp.308-317 - https://doi.org/10.1192/bjp.bp.117.203950

Sweet, D., & Robotham, D. 2017. Beat Stress Online: an evaluation of sentiment change. McPin Foundation - https://mcpin.org/wp-content/uploads/Beat-Stress-Evaluation-Report-18072017.pdf

Pinfold, V. Sweet, D. et al, 2015. Improving Community Health Networks for people with severe mental illness: a cast study investigation. Health Services and Delivery Research, vol. 3, no.5-  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK276549/

Pinfold, V. & Sweet, D., 2015. Wellbeing Networks and Asset Mapping: Useful tools for recovery practice. McPin Foundation, London - https://mcpin.org/wp-content/uploads/Our-briefing-paper.pdf

Sweet, D., 2010. Exploratory evidence of the attitudes towards and needs of male victims of domestic violence and abuse in Northern Ireland, with recommendations for change, Men’s Advisory Project - http://www.mapni.co.uk/ucontrol/resources/researchreport.pdf