Dr Blessing Marandure

Job: Senior Lecturer

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Research group(s): Institute for Psychological Science

Address: De Montfort, University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH.

T: +44 (0)116 207 8411

E: blessing.marandure@dmu.ac.uk

W: https://www.dmu.ac.uk/psychology


Personal profile

Dr Marandure's research focuses on substance use, mental health, and resilience. She is also interested in exploring these issues in non-western cultural contexts, in an effort to broaden psychological perspectives.  Dr Marandure is also interested in understanding the experience of and improving attainment in Black and ethnic minority university students. She is currently a Fair Outcomes Champion on the university's Decolonising DMU project 


Research group affiliations

Mary Seacole Research Centre

Institute for Psychological Sciences

Publications and outputs

  • Marandure, B. N., Mhizha, S. & Wilson, A (in press). "Spice was made, by the devil himself": A thematic analysis of the experience of an addiction to synthetic cannabinoids. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
  • Mhizha, S., Marandure, B. N., & Chikoko, W. (2021). Resilience Based Interventions to Street Childhood Among Street children in Zimbabwe. In Chirisa, I. & Chigudu, A. (Eds).  Resilience and Sustainability in Urban Africa. Springer Nature, Singapore, p115-129.
  • Scase, M. O. & Marandure, B. N. (2019). Development of and adherence to a gamified environment promoting health and wellbeing in older people with mild cognitive impairment. International Neuropsychological Society Conference (89th INS meeting and 18th SBNp meeting), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Marandure, B.N. (2017). The association between adolescent substance use and mental health: A developmental psychopathology perspective. Joint Workshop: Building Resilience Through the Lifespan, Funded by the British Council, Dubai
  • Scase, M., Marandure, B.N., Hancox, J., Kreiner, K., Hanke, S. & Kropf, J. (2017) Development of and adherence to a computer-based gamified environment  designed to promote health and wellbeing in older people with mild cognitive impairment. Studies in Health Technologies and Informatics In eHealth (pp. 348-355).
  • Marandure, B. N., & Graham, H. L. (2017). Self-reported reasons for voluntary abstinences by adolescent cannabis users. Drugs and Alcohol Today, 17 (1), pp. 23-31.
  • Marandure, B.N. (2017). Resilience and depression in adolescents: Exploring the moderation effects of alcohol use. Alcohol Research UK Early Career Symposium, London

  • Musian D., Alvino S., Vozzi F., Parodi O., Parolini M., Giugni F., Sandys R., Lupiáñez-villanueva F., Ferro E., Fauli C., Ascolese A., Palumbo F., Gallicchio C., Scase M., Bacciu D., Micheli A., Kropf J., Marandure B., Monton E., Hanke S., Kreiner K., Dutton R., Northwood D., Hall S., Cannon D., La Rosa D. (2016). DOREMI - Final report from the pilot site. Deliverable 6.6. Document - DOREMI - Final report from the pilot site (cnr.it)
  • Marandure, B. N. & Graham, H. L. (2016). Self reported reasons for voluntary abstinences by adolescent cannabis users. Society for the Study of Addiction, Annual Symposium, York, UK.

Research interests/expertise

  • Cannabis use
  • Alcohol use
  • Addiction
  • Resilience
  • Mental Health
  • Psychological Wellbeing
  • BAME students' attainment

Areas of teaching

  • Module Leader: Theories and Perspectives in Health Psychology (MSc Health Psychology)
  • Module Leader: Psychology of Addiction (BSc Psychology, Level 6)
  • Psychology & Mental Health (BSc Psychology, Level 5)
  • Postgraduate Dissertation Supervision
  • Undergraduate Dissertation Supervision
  • Personal Tutoring



  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (University of Birmingham)
  • PhD Psychology (University of Birmingham)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (De Montfort University)

Membership of external committees

British Academy Early Career Researcher Network: EDI Advisory Group

Professional licences and certificates

Fellow of The Higher Education Academy

Internally funded research project information

Exploring substance use disorders in the Zimbabwean context: State of the art and ways forward (PI) (Co-Investigators Amanda Wilson, De Montfort University; Samson Mhizha, University of Zimbabwe; Clement Nhunzvi, University of Zimbabwe)

This project was awarded funding through DMU's Lifelong Wellbeing pump priming competition 

Professional esteem indicators

AHRC Peer Review College Member

Reviewer: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs; Journal of Research on Adolescence; Drugs, Habits and Social Policy