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Prof Helen Roberts
  • Professor of Child Health Research
  • ICH Pop, Policy & Practice Prog
  • UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

I am a medical sociologist, and was educated/trained at the Universities of Reading, Aix-Marseille and Sussex. I set up and ran the Child Health Research and Policy Unit at City University London. Before that, I spent a decade in the third sector as Head of R&D with the children’s charity Barnardo’s. In 2009, I was made an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, and was  a non-executive director of NICE from 2004-13. I held an honorary fellowship ar All Souls College Oxford in 2011. 

Internationally, from 2001-2010, I was on the Health Advisory Council, and then the Science Advisory Council with the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research in Canada. I am an editorial advisor with the Cochrane Public Health Review Group.

I sit on a number of funding committees for NIHR and am an editor with NIHR Journals Library.

Research Themes
Research Summary

I have research interests in the translation of research evidence into policy and practice across health, education and social care; inequalities in health (and what can be done about them) and the voice of the patient, service user and citizen. I write on the lay expertise of users of services (including child users); the synthesis of different kinds of research evidence, and implementation issues. My current work is with young people leaving the care system. 

I am a member of the Child and Adolescent Policy Research Unit funded by the Department of Health

Academic Background
1975 DPhil Doctor of Philosophy – Sociology University of Sussex
1972 MAI Maîtrise – Sociology (Major) and Anthropology (Minor) Universite Aix-Marseille III
1971 BA Bachelor of Arts – Sociology University of Reading
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