Dr Shelina Visram
Senior lecturer in public health
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 2279
- Address: Institute of Health & Society
Sir James Spence Institute (5th floor)
Royal Victoria Infirmary
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
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
ORCID profile: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9576-2689
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
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
- Visram S, Hunter DJ, Kuchenmuller T. Capacity for evidence-informed policymaking across Europe: development and piloting of a multistakeholder survey. Public Health 2018, 163, 54-60.
- Jehu LM, Visram S, Marks L, Hunter DJ, Davis H, Mason A, Liu D, Smithson J. Directors of public health as 'a protected species': qualitative study of the changing role of public health professionals in England following the 2013 reforms. Journal of Public Health 2018, 40(3), e203-e210.
- Liu D, Mason A, Marks L, Howard D, Hunter D, Jehu L, Smithson J, Visram S. Effects of local authority expenditure on childhood obesity. European Journal of Public Health 2018. In Press.
- Visram S, Smith S, Connor N, Greig G, Scorer C. Examining associations between health, wellbeing and social capital: findings from a survey developed and conducted using participatory action research. Journal of Public Mental Health 2018, 17(3), 122-134.
- Mason AR, Liu D, Marks L, Davis H, Hunter D, Jehu LM, Visram S, Smithson J. Local authority commissioning of NHS Health Checks: A regression analysis of the first three years. Health Policy 2018, 122(9), 1035-1042.
- Cheetham M, Visram S, Rushmer R, Greig G, Gibson E, Khazaeli B, Wiseman A. ‘It is not a quick fix’ structural and contextual issues that affect implementation of integrated health and well-being services: a qualitative study from North East England. Public Health 2017, 152, 99-107.
- Visram S, Crossley SJ, Cheetham M, Lake A. Children and young people’s perceptions of energy drinks: A qualitative study. PLoS ONE 2017, 12(11), e0188668.
- Smith SA, Visram S, O'Malley C, Summerbell C, Araujo-Soares V, Hillier-Brown F, Lake AA. Designing equitable workplace dietary interventions: perceptions of intervention deliverers. BMC Public Health 2017, 17, 808.
- Visram S. Impact and acceptability of lay health trainer-led lifestyle interventions delivered in primary care: a mixed method study. Primary Health Care Research and Development 2017, 18(4), 333-343.
- Visram S, Thirlway F, Akhter N, Walton N, Lewis S. Impact of an integrated health and wellbeing approach to addressing multiple lifestyle risks and reducing health inequalities: a mixed methods study. In: 61st Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Social Medicine (SSM). 2017, Manchester, UK: BMJ Group.
- Hunter DJ, Visram S. Better evidence for smarter policy making. BMJ 2016, 355, i6399.
- Visram S, Cheetham M, Riby DM, Crossley SJ, Lake AA. Consumption of energy drinks by children and young people: a rapid review examining evidence of physical effects and consumer attitudes. BMJ Open 2016, 6(10), e010380.
- Visram S, Hunter DJ, Kuchenmüller T, Nguyen T. Developing a survey to establish a baseline of country capacity for evidence-informed policy-making. In: 9th European Public Health Conference. 2016, Vienna, Austria: Oxford University Press.
- Visram S, Hashem K. Energy drinks: what's the evidence?. Food Research Collaboration 2016, 1-13.
- Visram S. Examining links between health, wellbeing and social isolation: findings from a survey conducted using community-based participatory research. In: 60th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Social Medicine (SSM). 2016, York, UK: BMJ Group.
- Visram S, Thirlway F, Cairns J, Akhter N, Lewis S. Interim evaluation of an integrated approach to improving health and wellbeing in County Durham, UK. In: 9th European Public Health Conference. 2016, Vienna, Austria: Oxford University Press.
- McMahon NE, Visram S, Connell LA. Mechanisms of change of a novel weight loss programme provided by a third sector organisation: A qualitative interview study. BMC Public Health 2016, 16(1), 378.
- Visram S, Crossley SJ, Cheetham M, Lake AA, Riby D. A qualitative study to explore the use of energy drinks by children and young people in England. In: 8th European Public Health Conference. 2015, Milan, Italy: Oxford University Press.
- Visram S, Cheetham M, Riby D, Lake AA, Crossley SJ. A systematic review of the effects associated with children and young people's use of energy drinks. In: 8th European Public Health Conference. 2015, Milan, Italy: Oxford University Press.
- Visram S, Carr SM, Geddes L. Can lay health trainers increase uptake of NHS Health Checks in hard-to-reach populations? A mixed-method pilot evaluation. Journal of Public Health 2015, 37(2), 226-233.
- Visram S, Cheetham M, Riby DM, Lake AA, Crossley SJ. Consumption of commercial energy drinks by children and adolescents: a systematic review of consumer attitudes and associations with health, behavioural, educational and social outcomes. In: 59th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Social Medicine (SSM). 2015, Dublin, Republic of Ireland: BMJ Group.
- Lloyd S, Visram S, Johnson C, Errington R, Scorer C, Michie S. Correspondence. Journal of Public Health 2015, 37(4), 748-748.
- Visram S, Crossley SJ, Cheetham M, Lake AA, Riby DM. Energy drinks: hype or hyper? a qualitative exploratory study involving children, parents and staff from schools in North East England. In: 59th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Social Medicine (SSM). 2015, Dublin, Republic of Ireland: BMJ Group.
- Visram S, Goodall D, Steven A. Exploring conceptualizations of knowledge translation, transfer and exchange across public health in one UK region: A qualitative mapping study. Public Health 2014, 128(6), 497-503.
- Visram S, Clarke C, White M. Making and Maintaining Lifestyle Changes with the Support of a Lay Health Advisor: Longitudinal Qualitative Study of Health Trainer Services in Northern England. PLoS One 2014, 9(5), e94749.
- Scurr C, Visram S. A lifestyle change, not a forever diet: one service user’s experience of accessing a local health trainer service. Perspectives in Public Health 2013, 133(4), 196-196.
- Visram S, South J. Building an evidence base for health trainers. Perspectives in Public Health 2013, 133(4), 193-194.
- Visram S. Class, inequality and wellbeing. Sociology 2013, 47(4), 858-864.
- Pennington M, Visram S, Donaldson C, White M, Lhussier M, Deane K, Forster N, Carr SM. Cost-effectiveness of health-related lifestyle advice delivered by peer or lay advisors: synthesis of evidence from a systematic review. Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation 2013, 11, 30.
- Visram S. Formative evaluation of a community-based NHS health check service. In: 57th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Social Medicine (SSM). 2013, Brighton, UK: BMJ Group.
- Visram S, Hall T, Geddes L. Getting the balance right qualitative evaluation of a holistic weight management intervention to address childhood obesity. Journal of Public Health 2013, 35(2), 246-254.
- Visram S. Interpreting Interviews. International Journal of Social Research Methodology 2012, 15(6).
- Visram S, Clarke C, White M. A Qualitative Longitudinal Approach to Exploring Service User Experiences of Lay-Led Heath Improvement Interventions. In: 17th Qualitative Health Research Conference "Research for Change: Impacting Society through Qualitative Research". 2011, Vancouver, Canada: University of Alberta International Institute for Qualitative Methodology.
- Carr SM, Lhussier M, Forster N, Geddes L, Deane K, Pennington M, Visram S, White M, Michie S, Donaldson C, Hildreth A. 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. Health Technology Assessment 2011, 15(9), 1.
- Visram S, Clarke C, White M. Short and medium term effects of a community-based intervention to address social inequalities in health. In: 55th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Social Medicine. 2011, Warwick: BMJ Group.
- Visram S, Clarke C, White M. Tell Me about Your Childhood ... Using Life Grids to Gather Information on Health-Related Behaviours and Experiences across the Life Course. In: 17th Qualitative Health Research Conference "Research for change: Impacting society through qualitative research". 2011, Vancouver, Canada: University of Alberta International Institute for Qualitative Methodology.
- Visram S, Clarke C, White M. "It's like the service that was never there": A qualitative longitudinal study of lay health trainer services in the North East of England. In: 54th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Social Medicine. 2010, Belfast: BMJ Group.
- Visram S. “It’s not a textbook thing, is it?” The use of lay knowledge in promoting health and increasing equity in more economically developed countries. In: Young Researchers for Health 2010. Health systems research: towards universal health coverage. Global Forum for Health Research & The Lancet Global Forum Publications, 2010, pp.134-138.
- Visram S, Crosland A. Exploring the views and experiences of participants in structured weight loss programmes. In: Laidyth,IR, ed. Nutritional Education. 2010, pp.1-29.
- Visram S, Crosland A, Cording H. Triggers for weight gain and loss among participants in a primary care-based intervention. British Journal of Community Nursing 2009, 14(11), 495-501.
- Visram S, Crosland A, Unsworth J, Long S. Engaging women from South Asian communities in cardiac rehabilitation. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation 2008, 15(7), 298-305.
- Visram S, Bremner AS, Harrington BE, Hawthorne G. Factors affecting uptake of an education and physical activity programme for newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes. European Diabetes Nursing 2008, 5(1), 17-22.