Professor Penny Cook

School of Health and Society

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Contact Details

Allerton Room L812d

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Current positions

Professor of Public Health


After gaining her PhD from the University of Liverpool (1996), Penny took a Royal Society funded fellowship in Stockholm University. She joined Liverpool John Moores University’s Centre for Public Health in 1998 as a research fellow and was made Reader in Public Health Epidemiology in 2007. Her work at LJMU included Department of Health funded research on the overlap between population-level indicators of alcohol use, teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections in teenagers, and research contributing to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance on HIV and sexual health.

Penny joined the University of Salford in June 2012 and was made Professor in 2013. She is currently carrying out research on an NIHR-funded ‘community alcohol health champions’ project (Communities in Charge of Alcohol, CICA), which is looking at how the communities can support each other with alcohol advice and whether communities can influence local alcohol licensing decisions. She also leads a research team investigating the impacts of alcohol exposure during pregnancy, and associated Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), in collaboration with the National FASD Clinic. As part of this, Penny currently leads an MRC funded project to develop a parenting intervention for caregivers of children with FASD, and research to ascertain the prevalence of FASD in Greater Manchester. Research in other areas of public health include physical activity and the health benefits of greenspace. Penny was a co-investigator on the NERC-funded Green infrastructure and the Health and wellbeing Influences on an Ageing population (GHIA) project. She also teaches on the MSc in Public Health.

Areas of research

Public health, Alcohol harm, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Physical activity, Green Space, Nature


  • MSc Public Health
  • BSc Public Health Practitioner (degree apprenticeship)

Research Interests

  • Public Health
  • Alcohol harm
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
  • Physical activity
  • Green space
  • Nature

Qualifications and Memberships


  • BSc Biology (University of Manchester, 1992)
  • PhD Population Biology (University of Liverpool, 1996)


  • Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health
  • Fellow Higher Education Academy