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Dr Silvie Cooper
Department of Applied Health Research
1-19 Torrington Place
London
WC1E
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Appointment
  • Lecturer (Teaching)
  • Applied Health Research
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
Biography

I am currently a Lecturer (Teaching) in Applied Health Research at UCL. 

 

I have a PhD in Health Sociology from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, where I also lectured and tutored while conducting my doctoral research.

 

Before joining UCL, I completed a Research Fellowship at the University of Michigan, USA at the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Centre, and was the Research Lead at a child health charity in London, UK. 

 

My research interests include capacity building for health research, management of chronic pain, digital health, and patient education, using qualitative, mixed methods, and translational research approaches.

Research Themes
Research Summary

My research centres on patient education for people with chronic illnesses, and ways to implement resources and tools that empower and enable patients to participate more fully in their own care. 

 

I have worked on topics of peer education, formal and informal patient education, and chronic pain experience, with hard-to-reach groups in clinical and community settings, and on digital delivery of health information. This cumulative experience has led to my interest in how to design impactful patient education and self-management resources that are adaptable, sustainable and reflective of current evidence in an evolving digital society. 


More recently, I have been involved in research collaborations and delivered research methods training programmes to build capacity for applied health research.  I have also developed interests in evaluation of capacity building for health research, with a focus on career development for applied health researchers.  

  

I am an honorary Research Associate in the Sociology Department at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa and a key researcher in the Rapid Research Appraisal and Evaluation Lab (RREAL) at UCL. 

Teaching Summary

The NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) North Thames Academy (based at UCL) builds capacity and capability across the whole ARC community to speed up translation of applied health research into practice. 


To achieve this, we offer short training courses for health and care professionals, service commissioners, and local authority staff. One-day interactive workshop subjects include: 

1. Introduction to Evaluation (offered in-person and online) 

2. Evaluation in Public Health and Care (Level 2) 

3. Introduction to Economic Evaluation (offered in-person and online) 

4. Becoming Research Active (offered in-person and online)


In addition to overseeing the delivery and new development of this programme of short courses, I teach on the "Introduction to Evaluation", "Evaluation 2" and "Becoming Research Active" courses, which are offered twice a year. I also teach on the UCL MSc Population Health, BSc Population Health and the Introduction to Qualitative Methods courses offered by UCL Primary Care and Population Health Department. 


I founded the ARC ECR Network, which was established to provide a supportive and inclusive space for researchers, students, health and care professionals and those working in applied health research. Our committee is made up of ARC alumni, PhD students, health and care professionals and researchers in the North Thames collaboration. I also provide mentoring and support for PhD candidates and clinical academic fellows across our ARC network. 


I am a supervisory panel member for the following PhD candidates: 

- Sarah Beardon, NIHR CLAHRC/SPHR-funded PhD student. Topic: Implementation of Health Justice Partnerships: Integrating legal advice and healthcare services

- Alison Finch, HEE/NIHR Clinical Doctoral Fellow. Topic: An evaluation of young people's experiences of receiving cancer treatment via an ambulatory pathway. 

Appointments
01-OCT-2020 Lecturer (Teaching) Applied Health Research University College London, United Kingdom
01-AUG-2020 – 30-SEP-2020 Senior Teaching Fellow Applied Health Research University College London, United Kingdom
15-JAN-2018 – 31-JUL-2020 Teaching Fellow Applied Health Research University College London, United Kingdom
JAN-2017 – DEC-2017 Research Fellow Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center University of Michigan, United States
2016 Research Associate Sociology University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
2014 – 2015 Research Lead   Best Beginnings, United Kingdom
2011 – 2014 Sessional Lecturer Sociology University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Academic Background
2018   ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow University College London
2014   Doctor of Philosophy University of the Witwatersrand
2011   Master of Arts University of the Witwatersrand
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