Dr. Anna Cooper-Ryan

School of Health and Society

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Contact Details

Allerton Room L812a

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Current positions

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.

Anna's 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 (http://usir.salford.ac.uk/40175/); 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 (http://usir.salford.ac.uk/31864/) 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.

Areas of research

Public Health, Children, Evaluation, Digital, Behaviour


Programme leader:

  • MSc Public Health

Module leader:

  • 21st Century Global Public Health Challenges
  • 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