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School of Health and Society

Dr Tom Laws


Tom Laws is a men’s health researcher. Funded research produced publications supporting men with prostate cancer. He has authored several men’s health books. His PhD explored men’s contribution to child health within dual income families. These activates have brought three PhDs to completion. Recently, Tom’s Midwifery experience forged a better understanding of violence in pregnancy; viewing current approaches as inept for addressing the essential problem - men’s need for support to modify an ideation to violence. Explorative work has been published (Laws and Keeling, 2018; Laws 2018). Senior lecturer experience have supported published evaluations of educational practices in HE.


Scholarship in education (seeking evidence-based approaches to teaching and learning in HE)

• Curriculum development and assessment (Conferenced and published in these areas)

• Student assessment – engaging students in designing assessments

• Reflection as a means of learning (linking to NMC regulator requirements)

• Virtual classrooms – cost effective (Conferenced and published in these areas)

• Simulated population health As a Senior Lecturer I was Lead in courses of 550-600 students for these modules…

• Population health • Foundations of research • Determinants of Health My UK experience includes a role as Lead Lecturer for …

• Evidence based Practice: level 7 Master in Nursing (Keele University, 2016-17) • Clinical Effectiveness (Keele University, 2016-17)

• Master in Nursing (Keele University, 2016-17) • Master in Nursing (UOS 2018)

Research Interests

Intimate partner violence is a major public health issue without a coherent evidence based approach. My publications on fatherhood and men’s health provide a basis for exploring violence in pregnancy. Few researchers scope the literature to evaluate ways in which perpetrator, victim and children are assisted within existing health frameworks (Primary care, secondary care and population health).

My research interests; i) provide critical analysis of screening for violence approach ii) provide critical analysis of perpetrator management/support iii) develop a tool for identifying at-risk families at pregnancy, in order to develop educational and supportive resources for couples (Laws 7 Keeling, 2018)

Qualifications and Memberships

PhD (Community Medicine). HE degree Education, HE degree Population Health, Bach Economics. Reg. Nse. Reg. Midwife.


These works indicate my ability to lead an explorative study in the UK (2017-2018) as well as work collaboratively, within a multidisciplinary team) to bring three PhD candidates to completion using published works (Australia).

Laws TA & Keeling (2018) Perspectives and mental health support for fathers affected by postnatal depression and a history of violence. Journal of Health Visitors 6(1):1-9. In Press; 20Jan2018.

Ireland, C. J., Laws, T. A., Fielder, A. L., Thompson, S. K., & Esterman, A. (2018). General practitioners' use of risk prediction tools and their application to Barrett’s Oesophagus: A qualitative study Journal of Primary Health Care and General Practice, v2 (1) 014. Published on-line 15Jan2018

Ireland, C. J., Fielder, A. L., Thompson, S. K., Laws, T. A., Watson, D. I., & Esterman, A. (2017). Development of a risk prediction model for Barrett's esophagus in an Australian population. Diseases of the esophagus: official journal of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus, 30(11), 1-8. doi: 10.1093/dote/dox033.

Laws T, Pelentsov L, Steen M, Esterman A. (2016) Informing the midwife on rare genetic disorders and their effects on mothers breastfeeding – a mixed methods study. Evidence Based Midwifery 14(1): 11-15.

Pelentsov, L O’Shaughnessy, PK Laws, TA Esterman, AJ. (2016) "Parenting a child with a rare genetic disorder." (2016): 125-132. In Renblad, K., & Brodin, J. (2016). Children’s health and wellbeing. CHILDREN AND CHILDHOOD, 147. ISBN: 978-1-63484-587-8

Postgraduate research

Content expert- men's health, family health, clinical practice (Nurse / Midwife)

Context expert- primary health, secondary health care population health

Method expert - mixed method approach (questionnaire design, survey, in-depth interview, focus group).

Educational research (funded study and publications)

Track-record; Three PhD by published works, ten masters students (three publication