Institute of Health & Society

Improving public health

Improving Public Health

Overview

We conduct applied public health research with a focus on the development, evaluation, and translation of interventions to improve health and wellbeing, as well as on developing related theory and methods.

Prof Eileen Kaner (primary lead)
Dr Sheena Ramsay
Prof Falko Sniehotta   

We host the NIHR School of Public Health Research and Fuse, the North East’s Centre for Translational Research in Public Health.

Improving public health research areas include:

  • behavioural science at individual and complex system levels
  • public health nutrition and obesity
  • prevention of alcohol, substance misuse and linked mental health problems
  • evaluation of public health interventions, policy, and practice
  • improving the health of vulnerable groups, including socially disadvantaged and older adults
  • addressing inequalities in health and health and social care outcomes
  • use of data science to develop and evaluate public health interventions

Public health and its improvement is key to the work of the Institute, and so our research theme has close links with other themes in IHS such as social determinants, health data sciences, primary care, and ageing.

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Professor Ashley Adamson
Professor of Public Health Nutrition and NIHR Research Professor

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5276

Professor Peter Anderson
Prof of Substance, Abuse, Pol & Pract

Dr Vera Araujo Soares
Prof of Health Psychol & Public Health

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Dr Leah Avery
Senior Research Associate

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Telephone: 0191 208 7132

Alison Barnes
Senior Research Associate (Dietitian)

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Dr Laura Basterfield
Research Associate

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8896

Dr Mark Booth
Senior Lecturer

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Jennifer Bradley
Research Assistant

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Dr Laura Cutler
Research Associate

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Louis Goffe
Research Associate

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7739

Dr Fiona Graham
Research Associate

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Dr Angela Jones
Research Associate

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5276

Professor Eileen Kaner
Professor of Public Health & Primary Care Research

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7884

Professor Elaine McColl
Professor of Health Service Research

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7260

Dr Lorraine McSweeney
Research Associate

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7642

Dr Susanna Mills
Associate Clinical Researcher

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Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 7045

Dr Nicola O'Brien
Senior Research Methodologist

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8915

Dr Amy O'Donnell
Faculty Fellow

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Telephone: +44 191 208 5696

Dr Sheena Ramsay
Clinical Senior Lecturer

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 2082055

Maisie Rowland
Research Assistant

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5276

Dr Sian Russell
Research Associate

Professor Falko Sniehotta
Prof Behaviour Medicine & Health Psychol

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3815

Dr Sarah Sowden
NIHR/HEE ICA Clinical Lecturer and Hon Consultant in Public Health

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Dr Suzanne Spence
NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer

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Telephone: 0191 2223830

Liam Spencer
Research Assistant

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Telephone: (0191) 208 4938

Dr Wendy Wrieden
Principal Research Associate

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5581