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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, the  Centre for Translational Research in Public Health. She has a substantial clinical, education and research history in primary care and public health. Her work is  underpinned by a translational philosophy. Her  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 and  realist approaches. She collaborates nationally in the development and application of public involvement and engagement in research.  She is an Executive Board member of the UK and Ireland Chapter of the International Family Nursing Association and sits on the international research committee with special interest in dyadic research approaches to enhance understanding of lay carer roles

Susan Carr

Key Publications

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  • 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’: Developing theory to understand the impact of advice on stress and the ability to cope, 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: A Preliminary Model for Navigating Collaborative Practice, 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, 14th International Family Nursing Conference
  • Exposing the impact of intensive advice services on health: a realist evaluation, 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: Peers, Product, Personhood and Positive Interaction, Carr, S., Fletcher, A., Hackett, S. 1 Apr 2019, In: Journal of Arts and Applied Health
  • Unpaid carer inequalities: a public health concern, Carr, S., Parkinson, M., Woklowski, A. 20 Nov 2019, In: European Journal of Public Health
  • Alzheimers Disease: The Resilience Approach to Making the Family Care of People Living with Alzheimers Sustainable, Parkinson, M., Carr, S., Abley, C., Rushmer, R. 9 Jan 2017, In: Journal of MPE Molecular Pathological Epidemiology

PGR Supervision

  • Mark Parkinson Positive adaptation to Dementia: A realist evaluation of family carers' journey towards resilience Start Date: 01/10/2014 End Date: 07/02/2019
  • Lisa Cairns The Lived Experience of Drooling Associated with Bulbar Symptoms in Motor Neurone Disease Start Date: 20/02/2014 End Date: 30/07/2015
  • Andrew Fletcher A Realist Evaluation of Participatory Music Interventions for Wellbeing: what works, for whom and in what circumstances? Start Date: 27/09/2013 End Date: 14/12/2017
  • Roz Rigby Managing Boundaries: a constructivist grounded theory study of how grandmothers make sense of their role in introducing solid food. Start Date: 09/11/2012
  • Lindy Turnbull The Collaboration Compass: Using Grounded Theory to Map Interactive Navigation Start Date: 07/02/2013 End Date: 26/03/2018
  • Lindy Turnbull The Collaboration Compass: Using Grounded Theory to Map Interactive Navigation Start Date: 07/02/2013 End Date: 26/03/2018


  • PhD June 23 1999
  • MSc June 30 1991
  • Teacher Training CertEd June 30 1991
  • BA July 01 1981
  • Health Visitor Lecturer HVL 1992
  • Registered Nurse Teacher RNT 1991
  • Registered Health Visitor RHV 1981
  • Registered Nurse RN 1977

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