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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 (for health promotion and healthcare delivery), the development and evaluation of complex interventions, and the patient experience of long-term conditions.

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

Current projects include:

Brighton & Hove's Health Counts 2024 Survey

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.

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

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 - I co-ordinate this study, 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)

Completed projects (since joining the University of Brighton)

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

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 supervise postgraduate students who are working on mixed methods and qualitative research projects. I also supervise research placement students who are doing taught courses (BSc or MSc), and who learn about health research through getting involved with an ongoing study or analysing an existing dataset.

Due to existing supervisory commitments, I am not available to work with prospective postgraduate research (PhD, MD) students to develop research proposals at the moment. When I next have availability, I would be interested in supervising students in a wide range 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.

Approach to teaching

Currently I teach research methods. Health research is the main part of my job at the university and it's my passion - so I bring this enthusiasm to my teaching. As well as explaining methodology and methods, I seek to de-mystify research and give students a feel for what it is like to put research methods into practice. In so doing I aim to build my students' confidence and enable them to do their own research in their dissertations, in research placements, and (for those who want to) after graduation. I aim to be responsive to learners' needs and motivations, and for this reason I particularly enjoy small group teaching and research supervision (PhD, MD or MSc). I have an Advance HE Fellowship (FHEA).

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Remote self-testing for sexually transmitted infections, within online care pathways: How could this intervention deliver public health benefit? Formative research using chlamydia as an exemplar, 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, Office for Health Improvement and Disparites

May 2022Apr 2027

Honorary Research Fellow, University College London


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