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Research interests

My research interests concern the psychosocial wellbeing of veterans of the armed forces throughout the lifespan. My work to date has focused on the reconciliation of traumatic war memories and relationship to social support. I have also led funded programmes of research concerning the development of peer support interventions for older veterans and a realist evaluation of a drop in service for veterans. I am also interested in memory and identity in later life, and the use of reminiscence therapies particularly in the context of living with dementia. My current area of research focuses on the role of archaeology in enhancing the mental and physical wellbeing of veterans. 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Southampton


Bachelor, University of Southampton


Master, University of Southampton


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Caregivers Medicine & Life Sciences
Dementia Medicine & Life Sciences
Veterans Medicine & Life Sciences
Pragmatic Clinical Trials Medicine & Life Sciences
dementia Social Sciences
Social Support Medicine & Life Sciences
social support Social Sciences
narrative Social Sciences

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Research Output 2005 2019

Dig in: an evaluation of the role of archaeological fieldwork for the improved wellbeing of military veterans

Everill, P., Bennett, R. & Burnell, K., 31 Oct 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Antiquity.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Outside the Military “Bubble”: Life After Service for UK ex-Armed Forces Personnel

Gordon, K., Burnell, K. & Wilson, C., 2019, (Submitted) In : Frontiers in Psychology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

UK Armed Forces veterans' experiences of belonging and life after service: Qualitative approaches and interventions.

Gordon, K., Burnell, K., Wilson, C. & Binks, E., 2019.

Research output: Published contribution to conferencePoster

A Realist Evaluation of a Voluntary Sector Drop In Service for Veterans.

Burnell, K., Collins, E., Gordon, K., Hadziosmanovic, E., Leonard, A. & Penney, C., 2018

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Open Access
utility analysis
service provider

Exploring the effectiveness of Veteran Outreach Support Portsmouth: A Realist Evaluation

Burnell, K., 2018.

Research output: Published contribution to conferencePoster