Suzy is currently working on the NIHR funded evaluation of the Communities in Charge of Alcohol (CICA) intervention across Greater Manchester. The intervention involves the training of community members to become alcohol health champions to deliver alcohol-related brief advice and help communities tackle the availability of alcohol through the licensing process.
Suzy is also writing up her PhD thesis on her qualitative study exploring the mental health and substance use needs amongst Irish Traveller population, focussing specifically on gathering evidence to inform the development and delivery of community-based interventions, to ensure that accessible support services are available for this population.
Prior to starting at the University of Salford, Suzy had 16 years’ experience of Public Health research at Liverpool John Moores University in the areas of HIV epidemiology, sexual health, substance use and teaching and learning. In 2006, she completed an MPhil on HIV epidemiology in the North West of England, in part looking at the effects of deprivation on indicators of ill health and stays in hospital. She has also written and contributed to many HIV epidemiological reports and local sexual health needs assessments, used by commissioners to fund sexual health services in the region, and was on the editorial board for the Sexual Health Quarterly Bulletin. She organised and gained funding and sponsorship for several annual sexual health conferences and established and led an enhanced sexually transmitted infection surveillance scheme for Cheshire and Merseyside.
Suzy’s research interests include health inequalities, alcohol and drug use, sexual health, HIV epidemiology, health of the Gypsy/Traveller population and health service use by marginalised communities.
Qualifications and Memberships
MPhil – HIV epidemiology in the North West of England, 1999-2001, Liverpool John Moores University
BA (Hons) Geography, University of Liverpool
Madden H, Phillips-Howard P, Hargreaves SC, Downing J, Bellis MA, Vivancos R, Syed Q, Cook PA (2011) Access to HIV community organisations by vulnerable populations: evidence from an enhanced HIV/AIDS surveillance system. AIDS Care, 23(5), 542-549
Cook PA, Hargreaves S, Tocque K, Bellis MA (2004) Relationships between the use of hospital services and deprivation seen among HIV positive individuals in the North West of England. Communicable Disease and Public Health, 7, 319-321