Orlanda’s PhD journey began as a result of her MA dissertation which focused on identifying what social workers needed to know about people who chose to use performance and image enhancing drugs (PIED).
Her PhD research project was a mixed methods study into users’ experiences of anabolic androgenic steroid (AAS) use and focussed on the support wanted. Orlanda collected survey data from 133 participants from a range of western nations and undertook 23 follow-up interviews form both UK and overseas participants.
Her doctoral journey led to her becoming one of the first students in HSS to undertake an integrated thesis, which included two published articles (the literature review and her findings on support for people using AAS) and one ‘in review’. During her studies she also co-authored a paper on the Experiences of using Gatekeepers with two fellow BU PhD students: Adam Spacey and Chloe Casey, and also authored a paper on: the Ethics of Social Work practice relating to Un-prescribed Anabolic Androgenic Steroid Use.