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Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Mark is a Postgraduate Associate in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Northumbria, and a member of Fuse (The Centre for Translational Research in Public Health). His work lies at the intersection of psychology, sociology and public health, focusing in particular on the promotion of healthy ageing and how health inequalities can be addressed.

Mark is experienced in applying a range of research approaches to this area including Rapid Realist Review and Scientific Realist evaluation which were employed for his PhD in Public Health which investigated ‘What works to support family carers of people living with dementia.’ Thematic analysis also represents a research method of choice, particularly in the analysis of interview data. Mark has experience conducting quantitative analysis using SPSS which was applied during his MSc in Health Psychology to analyse data gathered from cortisol sampling.

Mark is currently engaged on several projects within the Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, including the development of an evaluation tool to assess Frailty pathways and an investigation of Leadership for Band 5 nurses.

Key Publications

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  • An exploration of the challenges of providing person-centred care for older care home residents with obesity, Parkinson, M., Thompson, J. 15 Jul 2021, In: Health and Social Care in the Community
  • Evidence assessment & narrative synthesis of the key components & outcomes of frailty care pathways in primary & community care, Thompson, J., Cook, G., Masterman, C., Bainbridge, L., Parkinson, M. 24 Feb 2021, In: Nursing Management
  • Care home staff's experiences and views of supporting the dietary management and choices of older residents with obesity, Thompson, J., Parkinson, M., Collery, R. 1 Dec 2020, In: International journal of older people nursing
  • 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
  • Rising prevalence of obesity in older people in England and overcoming barriers to care home admittance, Thompson, J., Parkinson, M. 8 Aug 2020, In: Health and Social Care in the Community
  • Exploring the potential for inequalities in family caregivers, Carr, S., Parkinson, M., Wolkowski, A. 15 Aug 2019, 14th International Family Nursing Conference
  • 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
  • Alzheimer’s disease: The Resilience Approach to making the family care of people living with Alzheimer’s sustainable, Rushmer, R., Carr, S., Abley, C., Parkinson, M. 18 Apr 2017, In: Dementia
  • Investigating what works to support family carers of people with dementia: a rapid realist review, Parkinson, M., Carr, S., Rushmer, R., Abley, C. 9 Sep 2016, In: Journal of Public Health


  • Health and Social Research PhD February 01 2019
  • Psychology (Biology) MSc February 07 2014
  • Psychology Graduate Certificate July 04 2007
  • Education BEd (Hons) July 01 1992
  • Chartered Health Psychologist (Stage 1) 2011

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