Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Dr Nicole Valtorta

Research Associate


I am a mixed-methods researcher in public health, with experience of conducting qualitative and quantitative research and systematic reviews. I am currently working on the health implications of social relationships and health inequity across the life course. Prior to joining Newcastle University in December 2016, I was a NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of York, studying the links between loneliness, social isolation and health outcomes in later life. Before training in social epidemiology (PhD, University of York, 2017), I studied history (BA and MSt., University of Oxford, 2008 and 2009) and health and social policy (MPH, University of Political Sciences of Paris, 2011) and have a particular interest in multidisciplinary research and linking research to policy and practice.  


My research is concerned with the social determinants of health in general, and the health and societal implications of social relationships in particular.

Completed projects include:

- investigating transitions between care settings at the end of life using qualitative interview data from health and social care professionals;

- systematically reviewing the evidence on the out of pocket costs associated with chronic disease;

- synthesising the quantitative evidence on the link between loneliness, social isolation and incident cardiovascular disease.

Building on this latter piece of work, I am currently collaborating with colleagues at Newcastle University to develop a program of research on social relationships and health, drawing on cross-national comparative work and interdisciplinary perspectives.