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Prof Katie Haighton


Department: Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

I am an experienced applied health researcher, specialising in public health with an educational background in psychology. I am committed to translational research and work closely with policy and practice partners in the NHS, local and regional government and other public and voluntary organisations to facilitate evidence-informed practice and policy. My research on alcohol screening and brief intervention is nationally and internationally recognised and I have significant methodological expertise in the development (through systematic reviews) and evaluation of complex interventions, using natural experiments, feasibility studies, pilot and full trials. I am also a member of Fuse, the centre for translational research in public health

Katie Haighton

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My research focusses on the development and evaluation of complex public health interventions using a variety of methods including systematic reviews, natural experiments, feasibility studies, pilot and full trials as well as qualitative methods. My research has examined interventions for alcohol, smoking, exercise, diet, welfare, and sleep.   

Key Publications

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  • Barriers and facilitators to implementing the CURE stop smoking project: a qualitative study, Wearn, A., Haste, A., Haighton, C., Mallion, V., Rodrigues, A. 20 May 2021, In: BMC Health Services Research
  • Combining Realist approaches and Normalization Process Theory to understand implementation: a systematic review, Dalkin, S., Hardwick, R., Haighton, C., Finch, T. 26 Jun 2021, In: Implementation Science Communications
  • How is high quality research evidence used in everyday decisions about induction of labour between pregnant women and maternity care professionals? An exploratory study, Farnworth, A., Graham, R., Haighton, C., Robson, S. 1 Sep 2021, In: Midwifery
  • Optimising Making Every Contact Count (MECC) interventions: A strategic behavioural analysis, Haighton, C., Newbury-Birch, D., Durlik, C., Sallis, A., Chadborn, T., Porter, L., Harling, M., Rodrigues, A. 30 Jul 2021, In: Health Psychology
  • Perspectives on paediatric sleep disordered breathing in the UK: A qualitative study, Haighton, C., Watson, R., Wilson, J., Powell, S. 9 Jul 2021, In: The Journal of Laryngology & Otology
  • Preoperative behavioural intervention to reduce drinking before elective orthopaedic Surgery: PRE-OP BIRDS Feasibility RCT, Snowden, C., Lynch, E., Avery, L., Haighton, C., Howel, D., Mamasoula, V., Gilvarry, E., McColl, E., Prentis, J., Gerrand, C., Steel, A., Goudie, N., Howe, N., Kaner, E. Mar 2020, In: Health Technology Assessment
  • Does domiciliary welfare rights advice improve health-related quality of life in independent-living, socio-economically disadvantaged people aged ≥60 years? Randomised controlled trial, economic and process evaluations in the North East of England, Howel, D., Moffatt, S., Haighton, K., Bryant, A., Becker, F., Steer, M., Lawson, S., Aspray, T., Milne, E., Vale, L., McColl, E., White, M. 10 Jan 2019, In: PLoS One
  • Is adolescent e-cigarette use associated with smoking in the United Kingdom? A systematic review with meta-analysis., Aladeokin, A., Haighton, C. 23 Apr 2019, In: Tobacco Prevention & Cessation
  • Randomised controlled trial, economic and process evaluation of domiciliary welfare rights advice for socio-economically disadvantaged older people, recruited via primary health care (the Do-Well Study), Haighton, K., Moffatt, S., Howel, D., Steer, M., Becker, F., Bryant, A., Lawson, S., McColl, E., Vale, L., Milne, E., Aspray, T., White, M. 19 Jan 2019, In: Public Health Research
  • Development of an Exergame to Deliver a Sustained Dose of High-Intensity Training: Lessons Learned in a Formative Pilot Randomized Trial, McBain, T., Weston, M., Crawshaw, P., Haighton, K., Speers, I. 27 Mar 2018, In: JMIR Serious Games

PGR Supervision

  • Bethany Nichol Optimising Making Every Contact Count (MECC) in voluntary and community settings Start Date: 01/10/2021
  • Peter Kruithof Pathways to diagnosis, treatment and care of individuals with Alcohol Related Brain Damage (ARBD): A grounded theory approach from the perspective of health and social care professionals in the North East of England. Start Date: 01/10/2017


  • Health PhD September 01 2005
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2017

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