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Prof Susan Carr


Department: Social Sciences

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.


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

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • The 4P Participatory Arts Recovery Model, Carr, S., Fletcher, A., Hackett, S. 2019, In: Journal of Arts and Applied Health
  • Exposing the impact of intensive advice services on health, Dalkin, S., Forster, N., Hodgson, P., Lhussier, M., Philipson, P., Carr, S. 17 Dec 2018, In: Health & Social Care in the Community
  • Public health interventions targeting excluded groups: trust as a key factor for success, Forster, N., Lhussier, M., Dalkin, S., Hodgson, P., Carr, S. Nov 2017, 10th European Public Health Conference
  • Protocol for a realist review of complex interventions to prevent adolescents from engaging in multiple risk behaviours, Cooper, C., Lhussier, M., Shucksmith, J., Carr, S. 1 Sep 2017, In: BMJ Open
  • Lay health advisers: scoping the role and intervention landscape, Carr, S., Lhussier, M., Forster, N. 28 Jul 2017, In: Journal of Healthcare Leadership
  • 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, British Sociological Association Conference
  • Does respite care address the needs of palliative care service users and carers? Their perspectives and experiences, Wolkowski, A., Carr, S. 2 Apr 2017, In: International Journal of Palliative Nursing
  • Alzheimer's Disease: The Resilience Approach to making the Family Care of People Living with Alzheimer's sustainable, Parkinson, M., Carr, S., Abley, C., Rushmer, R. 17 Feb 2017, In: Dementia
  • Uncovering the contexts and mechanisms through which an intensive citizens advice service has health impacts, Dalkin, S., Forster, N., Lhussier, M., Hodgson, P., Carr, S. 19 Jan 2017, HEDS Seminar, ScHARR
  • Layering programme, pathway and substantive theories in realist evaluation, Dalkin, S., Forster, N., Hodgson, P., Lhussier, M., Carr, S. 3 Oct 2016, Centre for the Advancement of Realist Evaluation and Synthesis (CARES) 2016

PGR Supervision

  • Roz Rigby Start: 09/11/2012
  • 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 Start: 07/02/2013
  • Lindy Turnbull The Collaboration Compass: Using Grounded Theory to Map Interactive Navigation Start: 07/02/2013
  • Mark Parkinson Positive adaptation to Dementia: A realist evaluation of family carers' journey towards resilience Start: 01/10/2014


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