Public Health and Wellbeing Members and Advisors

Meet the members of the Centre for Public Health and Wellbeing.

Professor Jane Powell, Centre Director



PhD Students

Name Title of PhD Supervisors
Saadye Ali Prevention of Female Genital Mutilation in the UK Selena Gray
Rob Brown Investigating Ways of Improving Trust and Cooperation between Patients and Staff at the Lennard Practice David Evans
Lisa Dibsdall The Role of Occupational Therapy in Reablement Stuart McClean
Faiza Gul A Critical Analysis of the Impact of Inter-Generational Differences on the Attitudes to Lifestyle Behavioural Change Among South Asian Migrant Population in the UK Stuart McClean
Janet Ige Experiences, attitudes, barriers and facilitators of physical activity among first generation Somali migrants aged 50-plus in the UK (Bristol) Paul Pilkington
Nasrul Ismail Impact of Macroeconomic Policy on Implementation of the Healthy Prisons Agenda in England Nick de Viggiani
Penny Marno Transitions in Older Age: A Lifecourse Approach and Markov Modelling Selena Gray
Jack Spicer Exploring County Lines: a study of an emergent drug market development and the measures to reduce associated harms Nick de Viggiani
Linda Sumpter Maximising independence: The involvement of family carers in supporting older people in home-based reablement Jane Powell

Visiting Research Fellows

Name About
Dr Kathleen Baird Kathleen is Head of Research at the Centre for Women's and New-born Research at Griffith University, Australia. Dr Baird’s research expertise is in the domain of intimate partner violence (IPV). She has an international reputation in this area especially in the area of IPV and its relationship with pregnancy, as well as the role of the health visitor
Dr Melanie Fraser Melanie’s PhD was entitled, “Manager’s Perspectives of Lactation Breaks: The context of infant feeding decisions among staff in one public sector organisation”. She will be supporting research in the area of infant feeding decisions, women and the workplace.
Dr Billie Oliver Billie is recently retired as Academic Director of the Department for Health and Social Sciences. She will be supporting research in the area of mental health and community development.
Dr Sue Smith Following her Professional Doctorate, Sue is supporting research on autism spectrum and the criminal justice system. Public mental health is an area for strategic focus in the centre.

Visiting Professors

Name About
Dr Hugh Annett Hugh has extensive experience in public health in Africa, Asia and Europe. When  Director of Public Health for Bristol (2006-12) he was responsible for public health policy and strategy, and for providing strategic leadership for reducing health inequalities while improving the health of the population.  He also had regional and national public health roles. Previously he was Head of the International Health Division at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, which became a WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Systems Development during his tenure.
Professor Ala Szczepura Ala has over thirty years expertise in policy research and evaluation of the organisation and management of health care and presently holds a Chair at Coventry University. She has published widely in the area of economic evaluation of interventions and service organisation, and has also been actively involved in the NHS R and D programme since its inception.  She sits on the NIHR Research Fellowship Panel and the Marie Curie Cancer Care Research Programme Funding Committee.
Professor Mark Pietroni Mark is Chair of the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC West), Director of Public Health for South Gloucestershire and worked in Bangladesh for 15 years, latterly as Medical Director of International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research an international public health research centre.

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