Jenny Paisley

Jenny Paisley is a Lead Consultant in the Edinburgh Office. Jenny joined Rocket Science after completing a masters’ degree in Psychology of Mental Health. Her work at Rocket Science focuses on research and evaluation in health, social care, employability, poverty and welfare and she brings specialist knowledge in mental health. Jenny uses trauma-informed practice in all her fieldwork and is experienced in conducing fieldwork with young people and adults at risk.  

Prior to her masters’ she held both frontline and impact evaluation roles within a third sector organisation focused on young people. Outside of Rocket Science, Jenny is a patient engagement volunteer at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital.  

BA in Biological Sciences, University of Oxford 

MSc in Psychology of Mental Health, University of Edinburgh 

Specialist areas

  • Health and social care including a particular focus on Mental Health and Children and Family Social Work 
  • Employability and skills  
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods, evaluation, and data analysis 
  • Service design  


  • Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership – Suicide bereavement research  
  • Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland – Evaluation and service design for Health Defence prevention programme 
  • Barnardo’s Scotland on behalf of the Glasgow Family Support Partnership – evaluation of the GFSP early family support intervention pilot 
  • Mental Health Matters – Best practice research and literature review 
  • Wise Group – Evaluation of the Wise Steps employability programme 
  • Scottish Government – Evaluation of Work and Health Support Pilot 
  • Dundee City Council – Employability Strategy and Action Plan 

Little weaknesses

  • Playing her violin for anyone who’ll listen 
  • Can’t keep her away from cold Scottish beaches 
  • Calls herself a vegetarian but regularly indulges in fish and chips