Executive Team


Doctor Rhiannon Evans

Senior Lecturer, Social Science and Health

Doctor Jemma Hawkins

Senior Lecturer

Doctor Sara Jones

Centre Manager

Doctor Kelly Morgan

Research Fellow

Professor Simon Murphy

Director of DECIPHer; Professor in Social Interventions and Health, Cardiff University

Doctor Honor Young

Senior Lecturer



Doctor Julie Bishop

Director of Health Improvement/Consultant in Public Health

Joan Roberts

Director of Operations for School Health Research Network (SHRN)

Professor Amanda Robinson

Professor of Criminology and Deputy Head of School

Professor Mike Robling

Director of Population Health Trials

Doctor Jeremy Segrott

Lecturer in Public Health

Doctor James White

Reader in Public Health / Deputy Director of Population Health Trials

Academic staff


Lianna Angel

Research Associate

Doctor Rebecca Anthony

Research Associate

Doctor Rachel Brown

Research Fellow

Doctor Lauren Copeland

Research Associate

Amy Edwards

Research Assistant

Doctor Gillian Hewitt

Research Associate

Doctor Hannah Littlecott

Research Fellow

Doctor Sara Long

Research Fellow

Doctor Sarah MacDonald

Research Associate

Edna Ogada

Research Assistant

Safia Ouerghi

Research Assistant

Doctor Nicholas Page

Research Associate

Hayley Reed

Research Associate

Doctor Yulia Shenderovich

Senior Lecturer, Wolfson Centre for Young People's Mental Health & DECIPHer

Jordan Van Godwin

CHARMING Trial Manager

Professional Services


Lindsey Allan

Administrator/PA to Graham Moore

Matthew Davies

Research Administrator

Sophie Jones

Senior Public Involvement Officer

Zoё Macdonald

Administration Manager

Kirsten Mackay

Primary SHRN Research Administrator

Clare Olson

Publicity Officer

Nicola Trigg

SAFE Administrative Assistant

PhD Students


Amy Simpson

Engaging low-income families in school-based health interventions: The How, When and Why of Food and Fun Clubs in Wales

Caitlyn Donaldson

How does transition from primary to secondary school impact upon young people's mental wellbeing?

Rachel May-Morris

The role of schools in supporting social relationships to improve school engagement, wellbeing and substance use outcomes among young people in care: A mixed methods study.

Emma Noble

The normalisation of adolescent digital dating abuse

Rachel Parker

Understanding the Role of Schools in Students’ Self-harming Behaviours: Developing System-level Prevention and Intervention

Bethan Pell


Lorna Stabler

What are siblings' lived experiences of providing kinship care? Identifying pathways to improving kinship care outcomes


Professor Linda Bauld, Bruce and John Usher Chair of Public Health, Usher Institute for Population Health Sciences and Informatics, University of Edinburgh

Doctor Vashti Berry, Senior Research Fellow, NIHR CLAHRC, South West Peninsula (PenCLAHRC), Child Health

Maria Boffey, Head of Operations, Fostering Network

Professor Chris Bonell, Professor of Public Health, Sociology & Social Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Doctor Paulina Bravo, Associate Professor, Director of Research and Doctoral Programme, Pontificia Universidad

Professor Rona Campbell, Professor of Public Health Research and Head of the Centre for Public Health Research, Bristol Medical School, Population Health Sciences, University of Bristol

Suzanne Cass, Chief Executive, ASH Wales Cymru

Professor Stephan Collishaw, Professor of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Personal Chair, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences, School of Medicine, Cardiff University

Ruth Conway, Deputy Director for Support for Learners Division, Welsh Government, Education Directorate

Doctor Alisha Davies, Head of Research and Development, Public Health Wales

Professor Dr. Med Freia De Bock, Head of Early Prevention and Health Promotion, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University

Professor Adrian Edwards, Professor of General Practice and Co-Director, Division of Population Medicine. Cardiff University; Director of Prime Centre Wales.

Doctor Adam Fletcher, Head of BHF Cymru, British Heart Foundation

Professor Tamsin Ford, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry,
Exeter University

Professor Mark Hadfield, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University

Janine Hale, Principle Research Officer Health, Welsh Government

Professor Paul Harper, Director of the Data Innovation Research Institute, Professor of Operational Research, School of Mathematics, School of Mathematics, Cardiff University

Professor Matt Hickman, Professor in Public Health and Epidemiology; Head of Population Health Sciences; Deputy Director of Bristol Medical School at University of Bristol

Professor Kerry Hood, Professor of Trials and the Director, UKCRC Registered Centre for Trials Research at Cardiff University; Senior Research Leader and mentor, Health and Care Research Wales

Doctor Emma Howarth, Senior Research Associate for the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research Care (CLAHRC), Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge

Doctor David Humphreys, Associate Professor in Evidence-based Intervention and Policy Evaluation, Oxford University

Doctor Jo Inchley, Reader, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow.

Professor Russell Jago, Professor of Paediatric Physical Activity and Public Health, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol

Professor Ann John, Professor in Public Health and Psychiatry, Swansea University Medical School.

Professor Frank Kee, Director, UKCRC Centre of Excellence for Public Health Research (NI), Deputy Director for the Centre for Public Health
Queens University Belfast

Doctor Judi Kidger, Senior Research Fellow in Public Health, Bristol Medical School, Population Health Sciences

Doctor Ruth Kipping, Consultant Senior Lecturer in Public Health, Bristol University

Professor Stef Kremers, Professor of Health Promotion, Department of Health Promotion, School of Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism (NUTRIM), Maastricht University

Professor James Lewis, Co-Lead and Academic Director of YLab, Cardiff University

Professor Steve Martin, Director, Wales Centre for Public Policy, Cardiff University

Professor Lisa McDaid, Programme Leader, Social Relationships and Health Improvement, MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit
Director – Transdisciplinary Research for the Improvement of yoUth Mental Public Health (TRIUMPH) Network
MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow

Mary-Ann McKibben, PHW Consultant in Public Health, Health Improvement Division, Public Health Wales

Professor G.J. Melendez-Torres, Health Economist and Head of Peninsula Technology Assessment Group (PenTAG), University of Exeter Medical School

Professor Laurence Moore, Director, MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit, MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow

Professor Simon Moore, Co-Director, Crime and Security Research Institute
Crime and Security Research Institute, Cardiff University

Doctor Charlotte Overgaard, Associate Professor, Public Health and Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine, Aalborg University, Denmark

Professor Shantini Paranjothy, Professor of Preventative Medicine, School of Medicine, Cardiff University

Professor Jonathan Pettigrew, Professor, Human Communication
Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Arizona State University

Jon Rae, Director of Resources, Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA)

Professor Eva Rehfuess, Professor of Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine, Ludwig-Maximilians, Universitat Munchen

Professor Frances Rice, Reader of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences, School of Medicine, Cardiff University

Doctor Gill Richardson, Assistant Director of Policy, Research and International Development, Public Health Wales

Doctor Anette Schulz, Senior Consultant and Schools for Health in Europe Network Manager, University College South Denmark

Professor Jonathan Scourfield, Professor of Social Work, Specialist policy adviser, Welsh Government, Deputy Director, CASCADE,  Deputy Director of the research partner, What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care.

Professor John Shepherd, Emeritus Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and Emeritus Professor at the University’s Crime and Security Research Institute.

Professor Danny Smith, Professor of Psychiatry (Mental Health & Wellbeing)
Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow

Professor Chris Taylor, Professor of Education Policy, Co-Director of the Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD)
School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University

Doctor Richard Thurston, Deputy Chief Social Research Officer Education
Welsh Government

Professor Mark Tully, Professor of Public Health, Director Institute of Mental Health Sciences and lead for Northern Ireland Public Health Research Network
School of Health Sciences, Ulster University

Professor Stephanie van Goozen, Director Neuroscience & Mental Health Research Institute
School of Psychology, Cardiff University

Graham Williams, Deputy Director Community Sport, Sport Wales

Between 2009 and 2018 DECIPHer was developed as a strategic partnership between Cardiff University (led by Professor Simon Murphy), University of Bristol (led by Professor Rona Campbell) and Swansea University (led by Professor Ronan Lyons), with funding from UKCRC. From 2020, DECIPHer is being led by Professor Simon Murphy, Cardiff University with funding from Health Care Research Wales.

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