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Mrs Jessica Turner

Job: Research Assistant

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Research group(s): Centre for Reproduction Research

Address: The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 207 8306




Personal profile

Jessica Turner is a Research Assistant within the School of Applied Social Sciences and the Centre for Reproduction Research. Jess has a BA in Sociology and is currently undertaking an MRes in Applied Health Research, her research interests include women's health and reproduction and chronic illness. Her role as research assistant includes bid-writing, organising conferences and seminars, data collection and analysis and supporting the work of the Centre for Reproduction Research. Prior to her role at De Montfort University, Jessica was employed as a Research and Policy Officer at Healthwatch Derby, carrying out qualitative and quantitative research involving patients and the public around health and social care services in the city of Derby.

Research group affiliations

Research interests/expertise

  • Sociology of health and illness
  • Qualitative research
  • Women's health and reproduction
  • Chronic illness
  • Health inequalities


Currently undertaking MRes in Applied Health Studies

BA (Hons) Sociology

Conference attendance

Turner, J. Normalisation Process Theory: A useful framework to inform the development, implementation and evaluation of complex interventions? Health Policy Research Unit.  De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, 8th December 2016.

Turner, J and Hudson, N. "I was secretly hoping to have twins because I knew it was my one chance": Negotiating risks around multiple births in cross border reproductive care. BSA Human Reproduction Study Group Annual Conference. De Montfort University, Leicester, 10th June 2016.

Turner, J. and Hudson, N. "They don't make the moral decisions for you": decision-making about embryo transfer and perceptions of multiple pregnancies amongst recipients of overseas fertility treatment. Reproduction Research Group Seminar Series. De Montfort University, Leicester, 6th April 2016.

Externally funded research grants information

Increasing uptake of effective self-management education programmes for type 2 diabetes in multi-ethnic primary care settings(Research Assistant to ethnographic component). NIHR £2m. Programme Grants for Applied Research. PI: Professor Melanie Davies, University Hospitals of Leicester. Nov 2015-Oct 2020.

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