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Dr Susan Carr


Department: Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

Susan Carr is Professor of Public Health Research in the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences at the University of Northumbria, England. She is also Associate Director of Fuse (Centre for Translational Research in Public Health) and Visiting Professor at the University of New England, Australia. She has a substantial clinical, education and research history in primary care and public health. Her work is located in the Health Improvement Research Programme which is underpinned by a translational philosophy. Her research portfolio focuses on complex public health interventions and embraces knowledge articulation, understanding and responding to needs of hard to reach or disengaged populations, proximal and distal outcome identification and measurement. These subjects require a diverse methodology with an emphasis on qualitative, realist and soft systems approaches.

Susan Carr


  • MSc June 30 1991
  • Teacher Training CertEd June 30 1986

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Using computer assisted qualitative data analysis software (CAQDAS; NVivo) to assist in the complex process of realist theory generation, refinement and testing, Dalkin, S., Forster, N., Hodgson, P., Lhussier, M., Carr, S. 2 Jan 2021
  • Blurring the boundaries between synthesis and evaluation. A customized realist evaluative synthesis into adolescent risk behavior prevention, Cooper, C., Lhussier, M., Carr, S. 1 May 2020, In: Research Synthesis Methods
  • ‘Everything takes too long and nobody is listening’, Mustafa, J., Hodgson, P., Lhussier, M., Forster, N., Carr, S., Dalkin, S. 23 Apr 2020, In: PLoS One
  • Facilitating social coping‐‘seeking emotional and practical support from others’‐as a critical strategy in maintaining the family care of people with dementia, Parkinson, M., Carr, S., Abley, C. 22 Sep 2020, In: Health & Social Care in the Community
  • The Collaboration Compass, Turnbull, L., Carr, S. 7 Oct 2020, In: Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare
  • Exploring the potential for inequalities in family caregivers, Carr, S., Parkinson, M., Wolkowski, A. 15 Aug 2019
  • Exposing the impact of intensive advice services on health, Dalkin, S., Forster, N., Hodgson, P., Lhussier, M., Philipson, P., Carr, S. 1 May 2019, In: Health & Social Care in the Community
  • The 4P Participatory Arts Recovery Model, Carr, S., Fletcher, A., Hackett, S. 1 Apr 2019, In: Journal of Arts and Applied Health
  • Alzheimers Disease, Parkinson, M., Carr, S., Abley, C., Rushmer, R. 9 Jan 2017, In: Journal of MPE Molecular Pathological Epidemiology
  • Citizens Advice services as buffer between inflexible state agencies and disadvantaged individuals: a realist investigation, Hodgson, P., Dalkin, S., Forster, N., Lhussier, M., Carr, S. 4 Apr 2017

PGR Supervision

  • Roz Rigby Start: 09/11/2012
  • Mark Parkinson Positive adaptation to Dementia: A realist evaluation of family carers' journey towards resilience Start: 01/10/2014
  • Andrew Fletcher A Realist Evaluation of Participatory Music Interventions for Wellbeing: what works, for whom and in what circumstances? Start: 27/09/2013
  • Lindy Turnbull The Collaboration Compass: Using Grounded Theory to Map Interactive Navigation Start: 07/02/2013
  • Lindy Turnbull The Collaboration Compass: Using Grounded Theory to Map Interactive Navigation Start: 07/02/2013

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