I am an epidemiologist and public health researcher with international experience of conducting research on sexual, reproductive, maternal and mental health, inequalities in health care access, patients’ experiences of health services and the evaluation of complex public health interventions. I have expertise in the analysis of longitudinal and linked administrative and survey data. I am interested in supervising students in these areas.
I am principal investigator on a Wellcome Trust Research Enrichment grant to support the Wellcome Trust funded birth cohort Children Growing up in Liverpool with a multi-year arts-based public engagement programme. I am also the Public and Patient Involvement and Engagement co-lead for the Children Growing up in Liverpool cohort itself.
I am a work package co-lead on the UK Prevention Research Partnership [GroundsWell Consortium] (https://ukprp.org/what-we-fund/groundswell/).
I am co-principal investigator (in a team science structure) on an ESRC-funded project on the impact of the two-child limit on abortion rates and household poverty.
My commitment to my continued professional development regarding under- and post-graduate teaching has been recognised with the award of Fellow of the Higher Education Association (2018).
Prior to joining the University of Liverpool I was an Associate Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists where I led the development and evaluation of quality of care indicators and was a methodological advisor to the National Maternity and Perinatal Health Audit.
From 2014-2016 I worked as a post-doctoral researcher on the third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal-3), where projects included an evaluation of the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy in England using survey and local authority data.
I obtained my MSc (Demography and Health) and PhD (Epidemiology and Population Health) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. My PhD was a mixed methods evaluation of young people’s use and experiences of health services and the provision of youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services in South Africa. I also hold a First Class BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences (with an intercalated year, University of Warwick, 2003-2007).