Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Dr Susanna Mills

Associate Clinical Researcher



Susanna is a Public Health Specialty Registrar and NIHR Clinical Lecturer. She completed her PhD in 2017, exploring qualitative and quantitative aspects of home food preparation, and her research interests focus on public health nutrition. Susanna trained to become a medical doctor at the University of Oxford, and has been based in the North East since commencing public health training in 2011. Susanna is a member of the Faculty of Public Health. 

Roles and responsibilities

  • National Institute for Health Research Clinical Lecturer, Newcastle University, 2018-present
  • Lancet Commission on Obesity Fellow, 2016-2019
  • Former National Institute for Health Research Doctoral Research Fellow, Newcastle University, 2014-17
  • Former National Institute for Health Research Academic Clinical Fellow, Newcastle University, 2012-14
  • Specialty Registrar in Public Health, Health Education North East, 2011-present


  • Transforming and growing relationships within regional food systems for improved nutrition and sustainability (T-GRAINS), Global Food Security, 2018-present, £525,456
  • National Institute for Health Research Doctoral Research Fellowship, 2014-17, £269,000

Areas of expertise

  • Public health
  • Public health nutrition


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Susanna's main research interests lie in public health nutrition, particularly home food preparation and dietary patterns, and potential relationships with dietary quality, health and sustainability. Her wider research focuses on health inequalities and opportunities to improve the public's health.


Teaching experience

Biomedical Sciences undergraduate students

MSc Public Health and Health Services Research students

Public health registrars preparing for Faculty of Public Health Part A and Part B examinations

Public health for paediatrics training module

Supervision experience

Co-supervised two undergraduate BSc students in Food and Human Nutrition


Medical Education Course and Special Study Module at the University of Oxford Medical School

Preparation for Learning and Teaching at Oxford, delivered by the Oxford Learning Institute