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Research interests

Natalie combines epidemiological methods for health services research with a critical approach and qualitative methods. Her interests include the interface between sexual and reproductive health wiith psychosocial issues, public health, community delivery of sexual health interventions, Point of Care Testing for STIs, problematic substance use and anti-microbial resistance (AMR). Methodologically she is interested in screening tool development, clinical prediction modelling, development and evaluation of complex interventions, the evaluation of public involvement in research, and researching disenfranchised populations. Natalie has been developing a critical epidemiology approach to sexual health research and more recently Trauma and Resilience Informed research Practice (TRIrP). 

Scholarly biography

 Natalie joined the University of Brighton as a senior research fellow in 2006 and has since been an applicant on several successful grants awards, on a range of topics, collaborating with UCL, University of Sussex, LSHTM and local non-statutory providers. She is a member of the NIHR PPI Impact Working Group and has previously been Public Involvement Expert Lead for the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit hosted by University College London, and Public Involvement Lead for the NIHR Research Design Service South East, with whom she also worked as a research adviser and as Continuing Professional Development Lead.

Approach to teaching

Natalie teaches research ethics concerning ‘hard-to-reach’ and ‘vulnerable’ populations, research design, and a range of research methods. She encourages a classroom environment where students can question and debate issues and scenarios. Her aim is to build confidence and critical thinking as well as subject expertise.

Supervisory Interests

Natalie has experience in supervising qualitative and quantitative research projects, as well as systematic reviews. She is particularly interested in supervising post-graduate research in sexual and reproductive health and drug use, development of clinical prediction models and complex interventions, and studies working with disenfranchised populations. Natalie also has expertise in study designs that bring criticality to quantitative approaches and which embed a meaningful degree of patient and public involvement throughout the research process.

External positions


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Research Output

Collaborative and consultative patient and public involvement in sexual health research: lessons learnt from four case studies

McDonagh, L., Blomquist, P., Wayal, S., Cochrane, S., Castelle, J., Cassell, J. A. & Edelman, N., 9 May 2019, In : Sexually Transmitted Infections.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

How do the psychosocial characteristics of women attending sexual health services differ from those attending primary care?

Edelman, N., Whetham, J., Gersten, A., Mercer, C., De-Visser, R., Jones, C., Bremner, S. & Cassell, J. A., 14 Jul 2019. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Improving access to care for people who inject drugs: Qualitative evaluation of project ITTREAT—An integrated community hepatitis C service

Phillips, C., Schulkind, J., O'Sullvan, M., Edelman, N., Smith, H., Verma, S. & Jones, C., 30 Sep 2019, In : Journal of Viral Hepatitis. 27, 2, p. 176-187 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Sexual behaviour and health

    Edelman, N., Youssef, E., Llewllyn, C. & Flowers, P., 31 Jan 2019, Cambridge Handbook of Psychology, Health and Medicine. Llewellyn, C., Ayers, S., McManus, C., Newman, S., Petrie, K., Revenson, T. & Weinman, J. (eds.). 3rd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, (Cambridge Handbooks in Psychology).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter

    Can Quantitative Applied Sexual Health Research Be Critical and Feminist? Towards a Critical Social Epidemiology to Support Targeted STI Testing and Contraception in Primary Care

    Edelman, N., 15 Feb 2018, Researching Sex and Sexualities. Morris, C., Boyce, P., Cornwall, A., Frith, H., Harvey, L. & Huang, Y. (eds.). London, UK: Zed Books, p. 62-79 17 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter


    National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles -4

    Natalie Edelman (Consultant)
    15 Jun 20191 Oct 2019

    Activity: Consultancy

    Calling Power by Its Name: Lessons from Latin America

    Natalie Edelman (Chair), Marcela Lopez Levy (Chair)
    14 May 2019

    Activity: EventsWorkshop

    Evaluating Patient and Public Involvement in Research: a debate

    Natalie Edelman (Presenter)
    15 Nov 201816 Nov 2018

    Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

    NIHR PPI Impact Working Group (External organisation)

    Natalie Edelman (Member)
    1 Sep 20181 Sep 2020

    Activity: External boards and professional/academic bodiesPersonal board membership of professional/academic bodies