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School of Health and Society

Dr Anna Cooper-Ryan

Lecturer in Public Health


Anna joined the University of Salford in 2013 as a lecturer in Public Health.

Anna completed a first degree in Psychology with Neuropsychology and a masters in counselling psychology Studies. Prior to completing a PhD titled ‘Effectiveness of a Global Oral Health Programme targeting 6-7 year old primary schoolchildren in NW England, UK’, which was an evaluation commissioned for a private organisation. Anna has also undertaken a PgCert in Systematic reviews for health, for which she teaching and support students using this method on the MSc.

My previous PhD research has contributed to the outputs of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Oral Health Research in Deprived Communities. This also provided opportunities to engage with international public health professionals including the Malaysian Ministry of Health, public health policy officials from Japan and at the WHO in Geneva, as well as sharing research outputs at international conferences

Anna has carried out a number of research projects for local community organisations and councils to evaluate their services or explore the current evidence base around a topic they are exploring. For example: Coffey M and Cooper AM. (2017) Biographic disruption in families of a child with short bowel syndrome. A document Review. Commissioned report by Paediatric Autologous Bowel Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Unit at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital; Coffey M. and Cooper AM. (2016) Learning from Salford’s NHS Health Check Improvement Journey: A document Review. Commissioned report by HAELO (; Cooper AM., & Dugdill L, (2014) Evidence of improved uptake of health checks: Rapid review, report commissioned and delivered in collaboration with HAELO partners and the University of Salford ( and Cooper, AM, Lambert, S. & Galpin, A. (2015). A small scale evaluation of the Karisma Kidz application. Commissioned report by Karisma Kidz, University of Salford.

Example of my current research projects are: an iCase with Cardinus Risk Management Ltd with Dr Tamara Brown and Dr Steeve Preece, an evaluation of the Supported Services provision in Tameside, with Dr. Margret Coffey, and an evaluation of the ‘Swap to Stop – e-cigs pilot’ in Salford with Professor Penny Cook and Dr Margaret Coffey and Ensuring Quality and ethics in research by GMCA, Greater Manchester Combine Authority.

Externally Anna is currently the External Examiner Masters of Public Health, (Management and Leadership, European Public Health, Health Services Research) at University of Sheffield, Sheffield and Chair of the North West Population Health & Prevention Network Programme Board.

Internally Anna is the current co-chair of the Ethical Approval Panel for Taught Programmes, School of Health Sciences and School of Health and Society. And was previously the co-chair of the School of Health Sciences Early Career Research Network from 2016-2018.

Anna has 1 PhD student who has successfully defended their thesis, and is currently supervising two PhD students (including an ICase PhD studentship), and is an external advisor on a PhD at another institution in the North West.


Programme leader: MSc Public Health

Module leader: 21st Century Global Public Health Challenges and Dissertation (Public Health)

Further teaching contribution to: Research Methods Applied to Public Health & Evidence-Based Public Health

Research Interests

Anna’s research interests include: childhood, mixed-methods, evaluation of health promotion interventions, psychology, public health, oral health, new and emerging technologies, behaviour change, community and school based research and ethics.

Qualifications and Memberships


BSc (Hons) Psychology with Neuropsychology, University of Wales, Bangor

MSc Counselling Psychology Studies, Keele University

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PG CAP), University of Salford

PhD in Dental Public Health, University of Salford

PgCert Systematic Reviews in Health (DL) with DISTINCTION, University of Portsmouth


Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (PR071269)

International Union for Health promotion (IUHPE) - Member of Students & Early Careers network (ISECN)

The British Psychological Society – MBPsS - Graduate basis for registration since 2006


Condie, J., Ayodele, I., Chowdhury, S., Powe, S., Cooper, AM., (2018) Personalising Twitter communication: an evaluation of ‘rotation-curation’ for enhancing social media engagement within Higher Education. Journal of Marketing for Higher Education

Ure, C., Galpin, A., Cooper-Ryan, A.M., & Condie, J. (2017). Charities’ use of Twitter: exploring social support for women living with and beyond breast cancer. Information, Communication & Society, 1-18. DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2017.1402943

Edge, C., Cooper, AM., Coffey, M. (2017) Barriers and Facilitators to Extended Working Lives in Europe: a Gender Focus. Public Health Reviews, 38(1), 2. Available at: 

Coffey M., & Cooper-Ryan A. (2017) The development of the MSc Public Health at the University of Salford in Foldspang A., Muller-Nordhorn., Bjegovic-Mikanovic V., Otok R. (2017) 50 years of professional public health workforce development. ASPHER’s 50th Anniversary Book, 2nd Edn. 

Cooper, AM, Condie, J. (2016). Bakhtin, digital scholarship and new publishing practices as carnival. Journal of Applied Social Theory, [S.l.], v.1, n.1, June 2016. Available at:

Condie, J., & Cooper, A.M. (2015). Dialogues of sustainable urbanisation: Social science research and transitions to urban contexts. Penrith: University of Western Sydney.

Cooper, A.M., & Clarke-Cornwell, A.M. (2015). The built environment, active design and public health: the impact of office design on activity, in Condie J and Cooper AM (Eds.) Dialogues of sustainable urbanisation: Social science research and transitions to urban contexts [e-book &pdf]. Penrith: University of Western Sydney, chapter 33

Cooper AM, Coffey, M, Dugdill L. (2014). Challenges in designing, conducting and reporting behavioural intervention studies in primary age child oral health - methodological issues. Pragmatic and Observational Research, Vol 2014:5, pp. 43-51. (

Condie, J., & Cooper A.M. (2014). We are all @salfordpsych – the rotation curation approach and twitter as a learning tool in higher education. In. Woodfield, K. ed. Social media in social research: Blogs on blurring the boundaries [e-book]. London: NatCen Social Research & Sage, chapter 49.

Cooper AM, O'Malley LA, Elison SN, Armstrong R, Burnside G, Adair P, Dugdill L, Pine C. (2013). Primary school-based behavioural interventions for preventing caries (Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 5. Art. No.: CD009378. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009378.pub2. REF SUBMISSION 2013, INTERNALLY 3*

Cooper AM, O'Malley LA, Elison SN, Armstrong R, Featherstone VA, Burnside G, Adair P, Dugdill L, Pine C. (2011). Primary school-based behavioural interventions for preventing caries (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 10. Art. No.: CD009378. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009378.