Dr Louise Preston BA (Hons), MSc, PhD (Sheffield)

Research Fellow


The University of Sheffield
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

Office: 1019

Tel: +44 (0)114 222 0847
Fax: +44 (0)114 222 0749

E-mail: l.r.preston@sheffield.ac.uk

ORCiD: 0000-0001-7477-4517


I work as a Research Fellow and Information Specialist in the Information Resources Group, HEDS, which I joined in May 2008 as an Information Specialist (Public Health). I joined ScHARR in October 2006 as a Research Associate on the Evaluation of Supplementary Prescribing in Nursing and Pharmacy project, based in the Public Health section. Prior to this, I worked as a Research Assistant in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sheffield.

Research interests

My interests lie primarily in the identification of evidence to inform reviews of complex interventions and models and the identification of evidence for rapid reviews. I have worked on a variety of different reviews for the HS&DR Evidence Synthesis Centre and the ScHARR Public Health Collaborating Centre and have been involved in a number of publications from this work. I have also published on methods relating to searching. From my prior research projects, I maintain an interest in health services research with a particular interest in new roles and information. I obtained my PhD in 2005 from the University Of Sheffield. It examined the impact of the MMR vaccine scare on parents in terms of their decision making and information requirements.

Professional activities

  • Information specialist on a variety of ScHARR projects providing expertise in identifying information for complex questions and models.
  • Lecturer and dissertation supervisor on MSc. Health Informatics and MPH
  • Member of the Parents@TUOS Steering Committee and a number of ScHARR committees 

Extended List of Publications


Journal articles