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Dr Michelle Collins

Part-time Research Fellow (PHIRST), Senior Research Associate

Michelle Collins

Faculty Of Health And Medicine



Tel: +44 1524 594852

Research overview

My PhD from the Psychology department at Lancaster University explored (amongst other things) smoker identity and its relation to smoking behaviour and this continues to be an enduring pre-occupation of mine.  Since 2009 I have worked on a number of health-related projects within the Division of Health Research, with a focus upon health, health equity and the wider social determinants of health.  I am primarily interested and experienced in using interviews, surveys and focus groups and qualitative data analysis methods. I am also keen to further explore and develop my understanding of and practice in public involvement in research.



Current Research

I am currently working as part of the LiLaC (Liverpool and Lancaster Collaboration) for the NIHR School for Public Health Research on the:

  • Health Inequalities Programme: Evaluation of National-Lottery-funded Big Local, a complex intervention in community empowerment in 150 communities across England

Research Interests

Since joining the Division of Health Research in 2009 I have worked on a number of projects. These include exploring the impact of short breaks on disabled children and their families, assessing the use of an anti-tobacco education resource pack in schools, further education colleges and schools and developing a framework to facilitate the assessment of the impact of public involvement in research. 

My recent work as part of the project team that developed the Public Involvement Impact Assessment Framework (PiiAF) has increased my awareness of the possibilities for enhancing the accountability and quality of research through public involvement. I hope to get the opportunity to extend my involvement with PiiAF by working with research teams who would like to use the framework to develop an impact assessment of the public involvement in their research.

I am keen to further my interests in both smoking and public involvement through a project which will adopt a collaborative approach to developing a smoking cessation intervention for young people, particularly those disengaged from mainstream education.

I mostly use a range of qualitative approaches including thematic analysis, Discursive Psychology and Membership Categorisation Analysis, but I have also been known to engage in some quantitative data analysis as well.

Additional Information

Additional Information

I am currently taking an MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

If you would like to find out more about the Public Involvement Impact Assessment Framework (PiiAF) please visit our website: http://piiaf.org.uk/


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