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University College London

UCL was one of eight leading academic centres with excellence in applied public health research which made up the NIHR School for Public Health Research (NIHR SPHR) from 2017-2022.

UCL’s involvement in the School was led by Professor Susan Michie and Professor Russell Viner along with co-investigators Professors Rosalind Raine, Professor Catherine Law, Professor David Osborn and Professor Kate Walters, along with eight further academics. The team was supported by Holly Elphinstone, UCL NIHR SPHR Manager.


News and Events

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App can help people to reduce their alcohol intake

New research based on earlier SPHR research has found that a free smartphone app, Drink Less, can help people who would benefit most from reducing their alcohol consumption to do so successfully.

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Professor Kate Walters awarded Principal Investigator of the Year 2021

Congratulations to Professor Kate Walters for being awarded Principal Investigator of the Year 2021 by the Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC). Kate is Co-Lead on the NIHR SPHR Public Mental Health programme and an ARC North Thames and UCL researcher. 


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Behind the research: Dr Jen Dykxhoorn

Dr Jen Dykxhoorn, Senior Research Fellow at UCL talks to us about her role in the SPHR Public mental health programme.  

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Conceptual Framework for Public Mental Health – launch of a new web-based tool

SPHR researchers from the public mental health programme have developed a tool to help improve people’s understanding of what has an impact on mental health.

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Public Mental Health Virtual Symposium 2022

Join us for our second virtual symposium showcasing the latest research conducted within the NIHR School for Public Health Research Public Mental Health (PMH) Programme.

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‘Buddies in Bloom’: the creation of a Buddy System for the SPHR Public Mental Health programme

In this blog post Gillian Samuel, Public Involvement Coordinator at The McPin Foundation , together with the Public Mental Health (PMH) Peer Research Team and Becca Bayliss, SPHR PMH Network Coordinator based at University College London (UCL) discuss the introduction of a new Buddy System between peer researchers and academics within the SPHR Public Mental Health programme.



Contact Information

Holly Elphinstone
SPHR Manager
University College London
London WC1N 3AZ, UK
+44 (0) 20 7679 5564

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