Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Dr Shelina Visram

Senior lecturer in public health



BA (Hons) Human Sciences, 2003, University of Oxford

MPH Public Health, 2007, Northumbria University

PhD Public Health, 2011, Northumbria University

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice, 2013, Northumbria University

Previous Positions

Associate Professor in Public Policy and Health (promotion from lecturer in 2016), Durham University, 2013-2017
Lecturer in Public Health Research, Fuse and Northumbria University, 2012-2013
Postgraduate Research Associate, Northumbria University, 2006-2012
Research Assistant, Northumbria University, 2004-2006


Fuse (UKCRC Centre for Translational Research in Public Health)
Society for Social Medicine
European Public Health Association

Honours and Awards

NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) Doctoral Research Fellowship Award Holder 2008-2011 


Twitter: @ShelinaVisram

ORCID profile:


Research Interests

My research interests lie within the fields of public health and health promotion, and include:

- health inequalities

- community empowerment

- asset-based approaches

- complex interventions

- lay roles in public health, particularly health trainers

Postgraduate Supervision

I am currently supervising one PhD student.

Externally Funded Projects

Crossley S, Visram S, Irving A (2017). Assessing the impact of Gateshead’s Innovation Fund projects on social isolation. Institute of Local Governance, £14,775.

Cheetham M, Rushmer R, Visram S (2016-2018). Cross-site evaluation of the North East integrated wellbeing and wellness services. Public Health England, £25,000.

Visram S, Thirlway F, Lewis S, Russell A, Bambra C (2015-2017). Evaluation of the County Durham Wellbeing for Life Service. Durham County Council, £149,154.

Hunter DJ, Visram S, Finn R, Gosling J (2015-2017). Evaluating the leadership role of Health and Wellbeing Boards as drivers of health improvement and integrated care across England. Department of Health Policy Research Programme, £415,326.

Marks L, Visram S, Mason A, David H, Hunter DJ, Smithson J (2015-17). Commissioning public health services: the impact of the health reforms on access, health inequalities and innovation in service provision. Department of Health Policy Research Programme, £537,941.

Hunter DJ, Visram S, Marks L (2015-2016). Reviewing the European Action Plan for Strengthening Public Health Capacities and Services. World Health Organization Europe, £24,750.

Hunter DJ, Visram S (2015). Delivering on health and wellbeing in Middlesbrough: Review of current partnership working arrangements. Institute of Local Governance, £9,710.

Visram S (2014-2016). Evaluating the Shildon Health Express programme. Durham County Council, £16,795.

Hunter DJ, Visram S (2014-2015). Supporting delivery of the European Action Plan for Strengthening Public Health Capacities and Services. Durham University ‘pathways to impact’ funding, £13,500.

Visram S, Lake AA, Cheetham M, Riby D (2014-2015). The HYPER! (Hearing Young People’s views on Energy Drinks: Research) study. The Children’s Foundation, £14,862.

Visram S (2013-2014). Evaluation of the Willington long-term conditions pilot. County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, £8,500.

Crosland A, Wallace A, Visram S (2013-2014). Alcohol health trainer pilot evaluation. NHS Durham, £18,000.

Chinouya M, Visram S (2012-2013). Peer health advisors working with black African communities: a community-based participatory research project. NHS Middlesbrough, £14,000.

Visram S, Clarke C, White M (2008-2011). Exploring the issues of client engagement and health behaviour change in the NHS Health Trainers initiative: a comparative, qualitative study to inform the intervention development and evaluation. NIHR Research Training Fellowship, £245,973.

Carr S, Lhussier M, Visram S, Geddes L, Deane K, Pennington M, White M, Michie S, Donaldson C, Hildreth A (2007-2011). An evidence synthesis of qualitative and quantitative research on component intervention techniques, effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, equity and acceptability of different versions of health-related lifestyle advisor role in improving health. NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme, £220,812.


MPH/MSc in Public Health and Health Services Research

  • Deputy degree programme director
  • Public Policy, Health and Health Inequalities module lead
  • Dissertation supervisor
  • Personal tutor

BSc Food & Human Nutrition/Nutrition with Food Marketing

  • Dissertation supervisor


  • Seminar tutor
  • Dissertation supervisor

Other roles and responsibilities

  • External examiner for the Master of Public Health, University of Stirling