Institute of Health, Health Policy and Social Care Research members

Dr Kathryn Hinsliff-Smith, PhD, MA, PGCE, BA (Hons), Deputy Director and Associate Professor

T: +44 (0)116 201 3883

Areas of expertise: older people, domestic violence and abuse, care home settings, healthcare inequalities

Dr Maria Berghs, VC2020 Lecturer in Health Studies

T: +44 (0)116 257 7910

Areas of expertise: sickle cell, disability, global health and ethics

Anna Chesters, Associate Professor (Student Experience), PhD Student

T: (0)116 201 3966

Area of Expertise: Student Fitness to Practise.

Dr Dawn Coleby, Senior Lecturer in Lifelong Wellbeing

T: +44 (0)116 257 7195

Areas of Expertise: Mixed methods, Women’s Health, Maternity Services, Inequalities

Dr Emily Cousins, Research Fellow in dementia and end of life care


Areas of interest: multi-disciplinary dementia research, arts and health research, qualitative methods

Dr Zowie Davy, VC2020 Senior Lecturer in LGBTQ Research

T: +44 (0) 116 257 7844

Areas of expertise: transgender embodiment, transgender healthcare, medicolegal policy, sociology of health

Professor Kay de Vries, Professor of Older People's Health

T: +44 (0)116 207 8148

Areas of expertise: older people’s health, end of life, dementia care, acute, community and care home environments

Tina Franneran-Hamilton, VC2020 Lecturer in Health and Wellbeing in Society

T: +44 (0)116 366 4387

Areas of expertise: patient/carer experience in mental health, adult safeguarding in mental health, policy implementation, practice and service improvement in mental health

Professor Karen Harrison-Dening, RMN, RNMH, RN, MA, PhD, Professor of Dementia and Head of Research and Publications, Dementia UK

T: +44 7766 493 189

Areas of expertise: dementia, advance care planning, palliative and end-of-life care, specialist dementia nursing and case management

Dr Stephen Handsley, Senior Lecturer in Health Studies

T: +44 (0)116 257 7883

Areas of expertise: social and cultural identity, role performance in health and social care, care and compassion, grief and mourning

Tim Harrison, Associate Professor, Postgraduate Clinical Education

T: +44 (0)116 250 6470

Areas of expertise: prescribing, professional pharmacy practice, communication and consultation

Dr Lou Hunt, Senior Lecturer

T: +44 (0)116 201 8577

Areas of expertise: clinical mentorship, student transition to Registrants, technology in practice, coaching and practical assessment

Dr Chris Knifton, DHSci, MSc, MSc, MA, PGCert HE, LLB (Hons), BSc (Hons), FAETC, RNLD, Dip SW, Dip AROM, Dip Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy, SFHEA, SBStJ.

Associate Professor in Teaching and Learning (Dementia studies), Admiral Nurse and HLS Faculty Lead and School of Nursing and Midwifery Lead for Dementia

T: +44 (0)116 201 3855

Areas of expertise: dementia, learning disability, ageing

Professor Bertha Ochieng, Professor of Health and Social Care

T: +44 (0)116 207 8973

Areas of expertise: Inequalities in health and social care, disadvantaged populations and immigrant health, diabetes, parenting and early child rearing. Lead T25

Dr Osaretin Oviasu, Senior Lecturer

T: +44 (0) 116 257 7529

Areas of expertise: Global health, Inequalities in health and social care, and Research methods

Wendy Padley, MA, MSc, BACP Registered Accred.  Research Assistant, Leicester School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine 

T: +44 (0)116 201 3917

Areas of expertise: qualitative research, psychotherapy, information skills, mental health, reviews

Zaqia Rehman, Lecturer in Health Studies and PhD Candidate

T: +44 (0)116 2551 551 (ext. 6735)

Areas of expertise: self and identity, mental health and resilience in BME communities

Dr Sally Ruane, Reader in Social Policy, Director of Health Policy Research Unit, Doctoral Training Programme Lead in Applied Social Sciences and programme leader for the Masters in Research.

T: +44 (0) 116 207 8732

Areas of expertise: NHS reform, service reconfiguration, taxation, public-private partnerships

Dr Christine Whitney-Cooper, Head of School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine

T: +44 (0)116 201 3879

Areas of expertise: paediatrics, nursing academics, strategy, leadership

Dr Scott Yates, Associate Professor and Head of Research for Youth, Community & Education

T: +44 (0)116 207 8703

Areas of expertise: family and parent mental health, youth mental health, stigma, disability and chronic illness