Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Professor Joy Adamson

Prof of Applied Health Research & Ageing


My qualifications have put me in the rare position of having in-depth training in both qualitative (PhD) and quantitative (MSc Epidemiology) methods that I have applied in a range of applied health research projects.  Having won a prestigious MRC post-doc Special Training Fellow award I experienced high quality training as part of the MRC’s vision for the development of outstanding researchers for multi-disciplinary collaborative working.  I have utilised this and demonstrated a long-standing ability to carry out internationally outstanding applied health research.

I have worked with many UK collaborators (University of Glasgow, UCL, Bristol, UWE, LSHTM, York and HYMS) on various topics including disability onset amongst older people, illness behaviour and the factors associated with utilisation of health services, health services delivery and the qualitative components of various pilot and full-scale trials. 

Areas of experience

  • Qualitative research methods
  • Epidemiology
  • RCTs
  • Ageing

Previous positions

  • Lecturer in Epidemiology, University of York
  • Deputy Director York Trials Unit, University of York


I have a broad range of methodological expertise, which encompasses: epidemiology; qualitative methods and RCTs. 

Current grants:

Service Delivery

NIHR HS&DR General Practitioners and Emergency Departments (GPED): Efficient Models of Care. £1,142,548.40.  06/2017 for 30 months (Co-applicant leading qualitative work)



NIHR HTA Surgical fixation versus non-operative management for patients with stable thoracolumbar fractures: a feasibility study £447,558.40.  05/2017 for 25 months (Co-applicant leading qualitative process evaluation)


NIHR HTA Project: 15/130/84 - External frame versus internal locking plate for articular pilon fracture fixation: a multi-centre randomised controlled trial. £1,576,184.60. 01/06/2017 to: 31/05/2022 (Co-applicant leading qualitative process evaluation)


NIHR HTA Occupational Therapy Intervention for Falls Prevention. £718,067.  05/2016 for 36 months.

(Co-Chief Investigator)


I currently run the Introduction to Qualitative Research Module