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Research interests

My background is in Public Health, Health Promotion and Health Services Research. My research interests include sexual health, digital health interventions at the interface with patients and the public (i.e. for the delivery of healthcare and for health promotion), and the development and evaluation of complex interventions.

I use a wide range of methods and methdological approaches in my research. I enjoy inter-disciplinary and collaborative research, and I'm experienced in co-ordinating multi-institutional research projects.

Current and recent projects include:

Health Systems Analysis of Barriers and Readiness of Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Services in COVID-19 affected areas. I'm a collaborator and researcher on this WHO-funded international study. To find out more about what we're doing in the UK part of the study, click here

Partnerships in the pandemic, and Pilot Evaluation of the Paired app - with collaborators at the Open University

Study co-ordinator for the Living Well with Frailty Experiences (LiFE) Study (Co-designing person-centred frailty interventions with community-dwelling older people and health professionals), a collaboration between Brighton, De Montfort and Birmingham City universities - funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing.

Experiences of living with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and receiving services in Sussex

Systematic reviews of interactive digital interventions for sexual health promotion and HIV prevention (at UCL)

An investigation of the use of simulated training to enhance clinical leadership skills within the residential care sector (funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing - completed)

Investigating ethnic inequalities in sexually transmitted infections (at the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit for Blood-Borne and Sexually Transmitted Infections - UCL & Public Health England)

Supervisory Interests

I am interested in supervising postgraduate students in qualitative and mixed methods research projects, in all areas of Public Health and Health Promotion. I have particular interest in the following areas:

  • sexual health (broadly conceived, i.e. may include sexual wellbeing as well as STIs/HIV or contraception);
  • development and/or evaluation of complex interventions, e.g. health promotion interventions, digital health interventions;
  • breastfeeding;
  • e-health at the interface with patients and the public;
  • the (patient) experience of living with long-term conditions, e.g. motor neurone disease, frailty.

I'm happy to work with prospective postgraduate research (PhD) students to develop research proposals.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University College London

Award Date: 28 Apr 2018

Master, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Award Date: 31 Aug 2005

Bachelor, University College London

Award Date: 31 Aug 2002

External positions

Honorary contract

May 2022Apr 2027

Honorary Research Fellow, University College London


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