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Leyla joined CYCJ in March 2024 on the UKRI-funded project ‘Men Minds: Co-producing change for better mental health for adolescent young men at the margins’.

The two-year project commenced in January 2023 and is a collaboration with young men and colleagues at the Universities of Strathclyde, Monash University and the Mental Health Foundation.  Men Minds aims to advance adolescent mental health research by increasing understanding about how we can effectively engage marginalised adolescents in co-producing research, as well as co-produce more accessible mental health research methods for adolescent young men. The project works with young men who are migrants or refugees, LGBTQI+ or in conflict with the law.

Leyla’s background is in migration research with a key interest in the role of place in processes of local integration and social connectedness. In her previous role as a Research Fellow at Queen Margaret University she worked across two AMIF funded practice-research partnerships: New Scots: A Pathway to Social and Economic Inclusion, and the Family Reunion and Integration Service. Leyla also conducted a review of the Healing Neighbourhoods project on behalf of Freedom for Torture.

She has worked extensively in the field of social justice as a senior researcher in the Scottish Government and for Barnardo’s.



University of Strathclyde

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Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice

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