Dr Lucy Gavens (formerly Gell) PhD, MPH(HSR), BA(Hons), FHEA

Lucy Gell

Section of Public Health, ScHARR
The University of Sheffield
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

email : lucy.gavens@nhs.net


I completed a degree in Human Geography at the University of Sheffield in 2008, during which time I developed a strong interest in health geography.  In 2009 I completed a Masters in Public Health (Health Services Research) and then went on to study for a PhD in Public Health at the University of Sheffield.  My PhD examined alcohol consumption behaviour change in older adults after health deterioration and I completed in early 2013.

I then worked as a Research Associate in the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group from February 2013 to July 2015, contributing to a range of quantitative and qualitative research projects addressing alcohol and broader substance misuse behaviour, largely at a population level.  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.  I currently work as a Speciality Registrar for Lincolnshire County Council.

Research Interests

My primary research interest is in the field of substance misuse and public health, with a particular focus on alcohol research.  I am a mixed methodologist, with experience that includes questionnaire design, secondary data analysis of large datasets, qualitative in person and telephone interviews, and research project management.

An emerging area of interest for me is the interrelationship between 'unhealthy behaviours', particularly alcohol and diet, and the development of individual level interventions to improve health through addressing multiple health behaviours.  I would welcome opportunities to collaborate in this area.

Key Publications

Gell L, Goyder E, Meier PS. (2015) Alcohol Consumption Among the Over 50s: International Comparisons. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 50(1), 1-10.

Gell L & Meier PS. (2012) The nature and strength of the relationship between expenditure on alcohol and food: an analysis of adult-only households in the UK.  Drug and Alcohol Review, 31, 422-30.