Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Dr Heather Moore

Research Associate



Following undergraduate and Masters qualifications, I completed my PhD at Newcastle University in the Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research.  My MRC-funded PhD investigated the profile, course and predictors of cognition in patients with mitochondrial disease.  During this time I was involved in a number of patient and public engagement events, which culminated in me organising my own event for the British Science Festival in 2013, and guiding and supporting others in the design and delivery of subsequent events.  Following my PhD, I worked in the Market Insights team at University of Sunderland in a quality improvement role, before joining the Institute of Health and Society at Newcastle University as a Research Associate.  

Previous Positions

  • Research Associate on MAGIC, Newcastle University (2015-2016)
  • Market Insights Assistant, University of Sunderland (2015)
  • Research Assistant, Newcastle University (2014)
  • Part Time Research Assistant, University of York (2007-2009)

Other Activities

  • IHS Engagement Group member (Current), with specific responsibility for designing and delivering training about Patient and Public Engagement and Involvement for Faculty of Medical Sciences staff and students in collaboration with FMS Engage
  • Director of Maker Space (2015-2016)
  • Previous committee member of Caedmon Choir (2012-2015)


  • PhD Psychology, Newcastle University (2014)
  • MSc Cognitive Neuroscience, Durham University (2010)
  • BSc Psychology, University of York (2009)

Memberships and Professional Registration


Research Interests

I come from a psychology background, with particular focus on cognition in a range of conditions.  My research interests include a range of topics in cognition, neuropsychology, and implementation research.  I am particularly interested in intervention research that has a high likelihood of impact for the individuals involved, as well as education, public and patient engagement, and the application of knowledge for organisation and policy change.

Current Projects

The Paediatric Autism Communication Trial-Generalised (PACT-G)
Chief Investigator(s): Prof Jonathan Green (University of Manchester)
Site Research Leads:
Prof Ann Le Couteur (Newcastle University), Prof Tony Charman (King's College London), Prof Jonathan Green (University of Manchester)

Academic Expertise

  • Cognitive testing
  • Interviewing
  • Training
  • Project Management
  • Patient and public engagement
  • Systematic review
  • Quantitative analyses

Previous Projects

  • Making Good Decisions in Collaboration with Patients (MAGIC)
    Project Leader(s): Prof Richard Thomson

    'Magic III: Widening Impact' is a Health Foundation and Health Education North East (HENE) funded project designed to: embed shared decision making (SDM) in clinical care across a range of NHS Trusts; train an SDM workforce, as well as SDM trainers to continue this work; and conduct a training needs analysis to map current delivery of SDM education, identify current practice, and determine gaps.  


  • Lecture on the Masters level module in Research Methods in Applied Psychology for the MSc Foundations in Clinical and Health Psychology and the MSc Foundations in Clinical and Forensic Psychology in the School of Psychology at Newcastle University.
  • Small group teaching on the third year Chronic Illness and Disability module of the MBBS Medicine and Surgery degree programme at Newcastle University.  
  • Facilitated on a number of small group training sessions with professionals in healthcare organisations to support delivery of shared decision making in clinical care.
  • One to one training sessions in cognitive testing with individuals from a variety of backgrounds.