Professor Wendy Wills is Director of the NIHR ARC East of England and Director of the Centre for Research in Public Health and Community Care (CRIPACC). Wendy is an Associate Dean of Research for the School of Health and Social Work at the University of Hertfordshire, and was Co-Chief Investigator for the NIHR-funded PHIRST Connect until July 2022. She is the lead for the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) East of England for the Prevention and Early Detection in Health and Social Care research theme. Her key areas of expertise include: food and eating practices; public health nutrition, malnutrition and obesity; children, young people, families and older people; and social inequalities
Professor Katherine Brown is Chair in Behaviour Change in Health and Chief Investigator for the NIHR-funded PHIRST Connect. She spent more than eight years embedded within a local authority public health department alongside leadership of research teams focussed on the application of behavioural science to changing preventive health behaviours and addressing major public health challenges. Her key areas of expertise include: Intervention development and evaluation, engagement of multiple stakeholders in the co-production of research, behaviour change, public health, digital health.
Dr Jaime Garcia-Iglesias is a Research Fellow for the PHIRST and sociologist with expertise in sexuality and the sociology of health and illness. He has led research on sexual fantasies, HIV prevention, and online wellbeing. He has an interdisciplinary interest in literary studies and has published in the field of medical humanities. He has received funding from the Sociology of Health and Illness Foundation, AHRC and ESRC. His key areas of expertise include: sexuality, internet, sexual fantasies and memories, sexual health.
Dr Hayley Reed is a Research Associate at DECIPHer in Cardiff University. She has expertise in co-producing and evaluating school and family-based health interventions, with a particular focus on children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
Dr Elinor Coulman is a Trial Manager in the Centre for Trials Research, Cardiff University and PHIRST Research Associate in DECIPHer, Cardiff University. She has extensive experience of managing public health evaluations involving behaviour change and complex interventions.
Dr Vicky Carlisle is a Mixed Methods Senior Research Associate in Public Health at the University of Bristol. She has a background in working with stakeholders to develop and evaluate complex public health interventions and has an interest in child health, stigma, addiction and trauma.
Dr China Harrison is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Bristol. She is a psychologist with extensive experience of conducting qualitative and quantitative research and has a particular interest in women’s health, specifically reproductive health and fertility.
Tricia Jessiman is a Senior Research Associate in Qualitative Public Health at the University of Bristol. She has extensive experience of conducting evaluations in collaboration with local authority partners and has a particular interest in children and young people’s health and wellbeing.
Dr Judi Kidger is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health at the University of Bristol. She is co-lead of the NIHR SPHR’s Public Mental Health programme, and Bristol lead for the SPHR’s PPIE strategy. Dr Kidger is currently PI of two PHPES studies, co-produced with South Gloucestershire local authority and the Mental Health Foundation, respectively. She brings expertise in qualitative methods, intervention development and the development and management of mixed methods evaluations of public health interventions.
Dr Kelly Morgan is a Senior Research Fellow in Public Health at DECIPHer in Cardiff University. Dr Morgan is currently PI of two Welsh Government studies, co-produced with multiple stakeholders at the local and national level. She has a background in public health and brings expertise in mixed-methods evaluation, data linkage, health services research, intervention development and co-production.
Dr Frank de Vocht is a Professor in Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Bristol. He leads the NIHR School for Public Health Research methodological work on natural experiments for public health and brings expertise on the evaluation of natural experiments and analysis of observational and routine data included local authority data and co-leads the applied data science team at the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration West (ARC West). He has a background in occupational and environmental public health and radiation and is a member of COMARE and the Health Council of the Netherlands.
Dr Jemma Hawkins is Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences and Health at DECIPHer in Cardiff University. She leads DECIPHer’s research programme on methodological innovation in public health intervention science, including the Centre’s short courses programme, and co-leads PHIRN with Public Health Wales. She has expertise in intervention development and co-production methods, as well as mixed methods evaluation including process evaluation.