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Joanna Goldthorpe supervises 1 postgraduate research students. If these students have produced research profiles, these are listed below:

Dr Joanna Goldthorpe

Honorary Researcher, Research Fellow (ARC)

Joanna Goldthorpe

Faculty Of Health And Medicine



Research overview

Principal research interests include using theory and evidence from psychological science to develop and evaluate complex interventions to improve health and reduce health inequalities. My research involves diverse populations  including: children & families; people involved in criminal behaviours; marginalised communities. It reaches accross the public health and social care sectors and topics have included: obesity prevention; oral health; health services research and more recently, health and housing; violence reduction; digital health.

PhD supervision

Reducing inequalities in health for children and families Housing as a complex intervention to improve health for children and families Reducing inequalities in Oral Health

Career Details

I am a chartered psychologist and research fellow with the Equitable Placed Based Health & Care Theme for the ARC Northwest coast. I also work one day a week as an NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) advisor based at the Manchester Centre for Health Psychology, University of Manchester. I have worked in the area of social and health services research since 2003, having held previous roles at Birkbeck College, University of London and the Centre for Public Health Research at the University of Chester. I gained my PhD in Dental and Commmunity Public Health in 2012. In 2018 I secured funding from NIHR for The Polar Bear Study, a collborative project between MCHP and the Dental Health Unit which started early January 2020. I am co-PI and research lead for the evaluation of the Lancashire Violence Prevention Network, a collaboration led by Lancashire Constabulary and lead a number of research projects that focus on reducing health inequalities. Topics include Housing and Health, Social Prescribing and Digital Health.


Research Grants

NIHR RFPB ;The Polar Bear Study

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