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Dr Pamela Graham

Assistant Professor

Department: Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

Pam is an Assistant Professor in Community Wellbeing with particular interests in child and adolescent development; poverty; food insecurity; and inclusion. She has expertise in quantitative questionnaire and observational methods and qualitative focus groups and interviews, and has experience of utilising these methods across various school and community settings.    

Across the Department of Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing, Pam supervises undergraduate and postgraduate research students in Health & Social Care; Childhood & Early Years Studies; Social Work; and Public Health. She also leads Core Project (level 6) and Learning at University (level 4) modules across Health & Social Care and Guidance and Counselling and teaches quantitative research methods across various modules in Health and Social Care and Social Work.

Pam is a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is also a member of the Department Self-Assessment Team for Athena SWAN and a member of the Faculty Access and Participation Special Interest Group.  

Prior to her PhD, Pam spent time working within primary and secondary education taking on Learning Support and Social Inclusion roles. She also spent time volunteering as a mentor for Barnardo's.

Pamela Graham

Food insecurity

Food habits


Child and adolescent development



  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Pathways to a Brighter Hartlepool: What Really Matters to People?, Bestford, T., Dalton, C., Garlick, R., Graham, P., Guy, C., Hackett, K., Hall-Jones, B., Herrington, T., Lee, R., McCluskey, S., Penton, J., Simons, J. Feb 2024
  • Practitioner perspectives on child feeding in Uganda: community engagement through the Global Agenda, McBride, A., Graham, P., Mugyisha, A., McInnes, A. 14 Mar 2024, In: Practice
  • School Meals from the Perspectives of Children Aged 9-11 in Cardiff, Wales, Dalton, C., Graham, P., Lee, R. 17 Jan 2024, Interdisciplinary Research Themes Showcase 2024
  • ‘Teachers Need to Understand the Position that They Have’: Discussing Poverty in Diverse Classes, Graham, P., Fisher, N., Dalton, C., Lee, R. 5 Feb 2024, Developing and Implementing Teaching in Sensitive Subject and Topic Areas , Leeds, Emerald
  • The Beautiful Game Bringing Families Together: Children’s and Parents’ Experiences of a Family Football Programme, Fothergill, M., Gill, G., Graham, P. 1 Feb 2024, In: Health Promotion International
  • Food bank practices, local development and the potential of community wealth building and universal basic services in the UK, Lee, R., Graham, P., Croft, E., Hackett, K. 2023, In: Local Economy
  • Food insecurity, poor dietary intake and a lack of free meal uptake amongst 16–17-year-old college students in the northeast of England, UK, Graham, P., Haskell-Ramsey, C., Fothergill, M., Young, J. 1 May 2023, In: Children and Society
  •  Identifying the exclusions within academic literature regarding free school meal practices and policies: A scoping review, Dalton, C., Graham, P., Lee, R. 24 Aug 2023, In: Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health
  • Identifying the Exclusions Within Academic Literature Regarding Free School Meal Practices and Policies: A Scoping Review, Dalton, C., Graham, P., Lee, R., Stack, S., Elliott, S. 29 Mar 2023, Open Research and Reproducibility Conference 2023
  • “We’re All the Same and We Love Football.” Experiences of Players and Facilitators Regarding a Collaborative, Inclusive Football Program Between Academy and Special Olympics Footballers, Fothergill, M., Baik, D., Slater, H., Graham, P. 1 Oct 2023, In: Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly

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  • Summer Holiday Project, Defeyter, G. (Principal Investigator), Graham, P. (Co Investigator), Big Lottery Fund, 01/05/17 - 31/03/18, £70,000.00
  • Training for school cooks, Defeyter, G. (Principal Investigator), Graham, P. (Co Investigator), Hartlepool Borough Council, 01/11/15 - 30/04/16, £3,500.00
  • Breakfast Club Training Sept 2015 academic year, Defeyter, G. (Principal Investigator), Graham, P. (Co Investigator), Kelloggs, 01/09/15 - 31/07/16, £33,495.00
  • HEIF - Examining the impact of summer breakfast clubs on health, social and educational outcomes for children in the UK, Defeyter, G. (Principal Investigator), Graham, P. (Co Investigator), Kelloggs, 15/06/14 - 14/06/15, £17,704.00
  • Examining the impact of school breakfast provision on Health, Well being and educational engagement in a sample of schools in Blackpool, Defeyter, G. (Principal Investigator), Graham, P. (Co Investigator), Blackpool Council, 01/04/13 - 31/05/13, £18,068.00

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Invited talk: The challenges of poverty and food insecurity in school and community settings in the UK 2023
  • Oral presentation: Food security and adolescent mental health 2022
  • Oral presentation: Mental Health Support for Girls in Alternative Education 2022
  • Oral presentation: Food insecurity and poor food habits amongst college students in the North East of England 2020
  • Publication Peer-review: Journal of Public Health (Journal) 2020
  • Publication Peer-review: Appetite (Journal) 2019
  • Oral presentation: "Because we are coming here, it's making my life easier" Children's views on what difference holiday clubs make to them 2018
  • Invited talk: School's Out, What Now? The importance of holiday clubs for children and families in the UK 2018
  • Invited talk: School Food Standards: Not Just for Lunch 2017
  • Oral presentation: A NEET Solution? Addressing issues of Social Justice through an education project for marginalised youth delivered through Premiership Rugby Clubs 2017

  • Diego Melo Understanding Persistent School Absenteeism Through Students’, Parents’, and Educators’ Lived Experiences. Start Date: 01/10/2023
  • Connie Dalton An investigation of the policies that exclude children and young people from accessing free school meals: discourses, policies, and stakeholder experiences Start Date: 01/10/2021

  • Psychology PhD April 23 2015
  • Psychology BSc (Hons) September 01 2005

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