Child and Family Health and Wellbeing

Child health

We have a broad portfolio of interdisciplinary work focused upon the health and wellbeing of children, young people and families. Our work is theoretically driven and underpinned by concern for inequity, vulnerability, responsibilisation and resilience, and their impacts on family health and wellbeing.

We utilise qualitative and mixed-methods approaches to undertake research that

  • is child focused
  • accesses multiple family perspectives
  • employs participatory approaches
  • draws upon principles of co-production

We are committed to furthering theoretical understandings of inter-generational relationships and family life and exploring their implications for health and social care policy and practice. We welcome the opportunity to work collaboratively with practitioners, community partners and academics nationally and internationally.

Current and recent projects fall under the following themes:

Food and eating

Health literacy

Intimate family violence

Health and wellbeing of vulnerable people

Health care environments


Professor Penny Curtis
Professor of Child and Family Health and Wellbeing
Tel:    +44 (0) 114 222 2040


Penny Curtis

Professor Penny Curtis

Parveen Ali

Dr Parveen Ali

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Dr Katie Ellis


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Jill Thompson

Dr Jill Thompson