Dr Lucy Gavens

PhD, FFPH

School of Health and Related Research

Consortium Manager for SIPHER

Lucy Gavens
l.gavens@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 5202

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Dr Lucy Gavens
School of Health and Related Research
G033d, Ground Floor
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
Sheffield
S1 4DA
Profile

Current appointment

I am the Consortium Manager for SIPHER, a multi-institution partnership that is developing new ways to prevent non-communicable diseases and address health inequalities. SIPHER (Systems-science Informed Public Health Economic Research for Non-Communicable Disease Prevention) is a new consortium established with funding from the UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP).

As the Consortium Manager I work closely with the two Directors, Petra Meier and Robin Purshouse, to develop and deliver SIPHER's strategic objectives and I am responsible for the operational, risk and administrative management of the Consortium.

Qualifications
  • Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health (FFPH), 2019-present
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), 2014-present
  • PhD Public Health, University of Sheffield, 2013
  • MPH in Health Services Research, University of Sheffield, 2009
  • BA(Hons) in Geography, University of Sheffield, 2008
Research interests

I have a broad interest in research to reduce health inequalities, particularly research that is co-produced with Public Health policy-makers and practitioners.

A geographer by background, whilst studying at the University of Sheffield from 2005-2008 I developed a strong interest in how where we live affects our health. This interest led me to complete an MPH and then a PhD in Public Health at the University of Sheffield. In my early career I focused on research in the field of substance misuse, developing skills as a mixed methodologist working on a range of individual and population level topics.

During this time I also taught on a range of undergraduate medical and MPH modules including 'Health Needs Assessment', 'Contemporary Health Psychology' and 'Epidemiology'.

In August 2015 I joined the Public Health Speciality Registrar Training Programme in the East Midlands and over 4 years worked in a range of local government public health teams, at Public Health England, in a clinical commissioning group and for the East Midlands Clinical Senate. Most recently I was an Acting Assistant Director of Public Health at Derbyshire County Council where I had responsibility for a broad portfolio including Healthcare Public Health, Health Protection and Commissioning.

During this time I was able to use my skills as a researcher to explore how to embed a positive culture of research and evaluation in local government settings, including leading the development of Research and Evaluation Strategy and setting up research governance processes.

As the Consortium Manager for SIPHER, having previously worked as both a researcher and policy-maker, I am in a unique position to shape the development and impact of our work to generate a shift from health policy to healthy public policy.

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  • Bühringer G, Forberger S, Gell L, Holmes J, Lingford-Hughes A, McLeod J & Meier P (2016) Implications for research, policy, and practice, What Determines Harm from Addictive Substances and Behaviours? (pp. 187-196). Oxford University Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gell L, Bühringer G, Room R, Allamani A, Eiroa-Orosa FJ, Forberger S, Holmes J, Lingford-Hughes A, McLeod J, Meier P & Stead M (2016) Discussion and integration of key findings, What Determines Harm from Addictive Substances and Behaviours? (pp. 157-186). Oxford University Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • McLeod J, Gell L, Holmes J, Allamani A, Baumberg B, Bjerge B, Bühringer G, Eiroa-Orosa FJ, Forberger S, Frank V , Lingford-Hughes A et al (2016) Determinants of transitions from harmful to low-risk substance use and gambling, What Determines Harm from Addictive Substances and Behaviours? (pp. 113-156). Oxford University Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gell L, McLeod J, Holmes J, Allamani A, Baumberg B, Bjerge B, Bühringer G, Eiroa-Orosa FJ, Forberger S, Frank V , Lingford-Hughes A et al (2016) Determinants of harmful substance use and harmful gambling, What Determines Harm from Addictive Substances and Behaviours? (pp. 77-112). Oxford University Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • McLeod J, Gell L, Holmes J, Allamani A, Bjerge B, Bühringer G, Forberger S, Frank V, Lingford-Hughes A, Meier P , Neumann M et al (2016) Determinants of risky substance use and risky gambling, What Determines Harm from Addictive Substances and Behaviours? (pp. 35-76). Oxford University Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gell L, Holmes J, Bühringer G, Allamani A, Bjerge B, Forberger S, Frank V, Lingford-Hughes A, McLeod J, Meier P , Neumann M et al (2016) Methods, What Determines Harm from Addictive Substances and Behaviours? (pp. 19-34). Oxford University Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gell L, Holmes J, Forberger S & Bühringer G (2016) Introduction, What Determines Harm from Addictive Substances and Behaviours? (pp. 1-18). Oxford University Press RIS download Bibtex download

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