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Dr Rebecca Geary BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer Public Health, Policy & Systems


Personal Statement

Rebecca is currently Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology and Public Health (2023-Present), having previously been appointed as Lecturer in Epidemiology and Public Health (2020-2023) within the Department of Public Health, Policy and Systems. Rebecca is 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. She has expertise in the analysis of longitudinal and linked administrative and survey data. She is interested in supervising students in these areas.

Rebecca is principal investigator on a Wellcome-funded Research Enrichment grant to support the Wellcome-funded birth cohort Children Growing up in Liverpool with a multi-year arts-based public engagement programme. She is also the Public and Patient Involvement and Engagement co-lead for the Children Growing up in Liverpool cohort itself.

Rebecca is a work package co-lead on the UK Prevention Research Partnership [GroundsWell Consortium] ( She is also a work package co-lead on the a newly MRC-funded four-year interdisciplinary population health improvement research cluster 'Healthy Urban Places North (HUP-North) led by Prof Rosie McEachan.

Rebecca is 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.

Her 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, Rebecca was an Associate Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists where she 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 she 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.

Rebecca obtained her MSc (Demography and Health) and PhD (Epidemiology and Population Health) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her 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. She also holds a First Class BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences (with an intercalated year, University of Warwick, 2003-2007).