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Dr Dialechti (Dalia) Tsimpida PhD, MSc, SFHEA, CPsychol, AFBPsS

Lecturer in Public Health Public Health, Policy & Systems


Personal Statement

My vision was always to have an impact on the world around me by doing work that makes people’s lives better.
I bring a unique interdisciplinary perspective to the field of public health, as I hold a background in Psychology, Audiology, Health Policy and Health Services Planning, as well as advanced methodological expertise in Epidemiology, Mapping, Spatial and Big Data Analytics.

My academic background includes completing my doctoral studies and postdoctoral research at The University of Manchester, where I was funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). Prior to my academic pursuits, I spent 18 years in the Hellenic Ministry of National Defense, where I gained extensive experience designing and evaluating behaviour change interventions. During this time, I worked as a Senior Behavioural Scientist and served as an expert advisor to various government departments on behavioural research and analysis.

As a Lecturer in Public Health in the Department of Public Health, Policy, and Systems, I hold several important leadership positions within the academic community. I serve as the Theme Lead for 'Public, Preventive and Global Health' in the second year of the MBChB undergraduate medicine program and Departmental Academic Lead for Health and Safety. I also co-led the Data Work Package (WP4) in the GroundsWell Consortium. In this role, I was responsible for coordinating activities related to health data infrastructure and interoperability across the consortium's 7 work packages. External leadership roles include my membership in the Core Committee of the World Hearing Forum of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Convenor role in the International Society of Audiology (ISA).

Over the past decade, my research has focused on the social epidemiology and public health aspects of hearing loss, with a particular emphasis on hearing health inequalities. My work in this area has made significant contributions to the field, including the development of the Conceptual Model of Hearing Health Inequalities (HHI Model), which offers novel insights into the pathways that contribute to health inequalities and access to health services in older age.

I have received recognition for my world-class research through several awards and honours, including the 2020 International Society of Audiology Scholarship for my groundbreaking findings on the prevention and early detection of hearing loss in primary care. I was also the Primary Investigator of the PLACE Project, updating after nearly 40 years in 2022 the hearing loss prevalence estimates in older adults in England. The New National Study of Hearing in England revealed a previously unknown north-south divide in the prevalence of hearing loss. The PLACE Project was funded by the Institute for Health Policy and Organisation (IHPO) and received additional support from the World Health Organization for its wider dissemination.

My work has been published in numerous prestigious peer-reviewed journals, including the BMJ and JAMA, among others, and I have given academic lectures in eight countries at national and international conferences.

Prizes or Honours

  • Senior Fellowship (Higher Education Academy, 2022)
  • World Hearing Day Small Grant (World Health Organization (WHO), 2021)
  • Scientific Award in Computational Audiology 2021 (Virtual Conference on Computational Audiology Conference Committee, 2021)
  • International Society of Audiology Student Scholarship 2020 (International Society of Audiology, 2020)
  • International Health Inequalities Research Network Conference Award (Health Inequalities Research Network, 2018)
  • Prize of Best Poster Presentation (British Academy of Audiology, 2018)
  • Special Award (Honourable Mention) (Hellenic Health Services Management Association (HHSMA), 2017)
  • Special Award (Honourable Mention) (Hellenic Air Force, 2017)
  • Outstanding Contribution to Social Innovation Award (DHIA National Festival of Inclusive Culture, 2017)
  • Best Oral Presentation Award (1st Prize) (12th National Congress on Management, Economics and Health Policy, 2016)
  • Hellenic Air Force Meritorious Service Medal 1st Class (Hellenic Republic, 2015)
  • Official letter of appreciation and congratulations from The Chief of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff (HNDGS) for a project I completed working as a senior behavioural scientist in the Ministry of National Defence (Hellenic National Defence General Staff (HNDGS), 2015)
  • Hellenic Air Force Meritorious Service Medal 2st Class (Hellenic Republic, 2012)
  • Academic Excellence Award (Hellenic Air Force Academy, 2008)
  • Academic Excellence Award (Hellenic Air Force Academy, 2003)
  • Award (Historical and Folklore Society of Chalkidiki, 2001)
  • Academic Excellence Award (Hellenic Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, 2000)
  • Academic Excellence Award (Hellenic Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, 1997)

Funded Fellowships

  • International Society of Audiology Scholarship (2020)
  • NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship (Award Reference: NIHR-INF-0551) (2018 - 2020)