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  • Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Health Studies
  • Arts and Sciences (BASc)
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

I am a registered pharmacist, and have practised as an addiction-specialist pharmacist, community pharmacist and worked in public health. Previously I was a Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice at the University of Reading and Post-doctoral Research Pharmacist at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King's College London. I’m the Chair of the Royal Society for Public Health Arts, Health and Wellbeing Special Interest Group. I founded and lead the International Arts in Pharmacy Special Interest Group, and 'Creative Nepal: Arts Health Community'. I also co-lead the 'Neurodiversity In/& Creative Research Network'.

Qualifications: BSc Pharmacy (Hons), MSc, PhD, MRPharmS, FHEA

Professional affiliations:

Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)

Member of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)

Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (FRSPH)

Professional memberships:

•Chair of the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) - Arts, Health and Wellbeing Special Interest Group

•Britain Nepal Academic Council (BNAC)

•Architects for Health

•International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol and Other Drugs (INEBRIA)

Current research collaborators:

•School of Health Sciences, City, University of London

•Department of Health Sciences, University of York

•Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care, King's College London

•Addictions Department, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King's College London

Research Summary

My public health research is applying creative and participatory approaches to reduce alcohol harm and promote mental wellbeing in high- in low-income countries. I’m applying creative Participatory Action Research and Experience-based Co-design  methods to optimise community pharmacy spaces (health architecture). I am the Research Lead and the Postgraduate Research Tutor at the Arts and Sciences Department (UASc).

Current research:

  • Leading an interdisciplinary arts-based research to understand how the physical and social spaces within community pharmacies are experienced by pharmacy patients and staff. This study will examine how the architecture of pharmacies may affect engagement with current and future pharmacy health services to co-produce a community pharmacy design guide (Pharmacy Research UK Leverhulme Fellowship, Principal Investigator, awarded Dec 2018-ongoing).
  • Leading a research programme using creative and participatory approaches to reduce alcohol harm and promote mental wellbeing in Nepal in collaboration with 'Creative Nepal: Arts-Health Community'. The research will examine how community and cultural assets can be effectively harnessed for future evaluation and implementation in low income countries (past funder GCRF).
  • Leading a scoping review of creative health education (Arts Council England, Principal Investigator, awarded Nov 2021-ongoing).
  • The findings from my PhD were used to inform the five-year NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research funded study (commenced Jan 2018), Community pharmacy: Highlighting Alcohol use in Medication Appointments (CHAMP-1). This research programme aims to co-produce an alcohol intervention, within medication appointments, with the pharmacy profession and patients (Co-investigator, awarded Jan 2018-ongoing).

PhD candidates:

Prospective PhD candidates are welcome to email me their research proposal related to any of the following areas:

  • Creative and participatory research approaches in public health and mental wellbeing (UK and Global)
  • Multi-modal approaches to reducing alcohol harm (UK and Global Health)
  • Co-designing and evaluating health environments (health architecture)
  • Health service research (intervention design, evaluation, and implementation)
  • Holistic systems approach to health service and social care research

Teaching Summary

I lead on modules BASC0055 The Art and Science of Public Health for BASc. BASC0052 Research Methods in Arts and Sciences for the MASc in Creative Health. I also teach health and research related topics for other modules on the BASc and MASc programmes, and other courses at UCL. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

JUN-2021 Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Health Studies UCL Arts and Sciences University College London, United Kingdom
JAN-2018 – JUN-2021 Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice Pharmacy University of Reading, United Kingdom
MAY-2015 – JAN-2018 Post-doctoral Research Pharmacist Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience King's College London, United Kingdom
2008 – 2010 Specialist Pharmacist Public Health Directorate NHS Lambeth, London, United Kingdom
2003 – 2008 Addiction Specialist Pharmacist Addiction and Offender Care Directorate (AOCD) Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL), United Kingdom
Academic Background
2015 PhD Doctor of Philosophy University of London
2004 MSc Master of Science University of London
1998 BSc Hons BSc Pharmacy (Hons) University of Portsmouth
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