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Dr Georgina MacArthur

Dr Georgina MacArthur

Dr Georgina MacArthur
BSc(Birm), PhD, MPH

NIHR Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Summary

I am a post-doctoral fellow funded by the National Institute of Health Research. My research interests are in the field of risk behaviours and interventions to prevent harms associated with these behaviours.

My current research aims to explore the relationship between peers, social networks and alcohol use among young people to inform the development of a school-based intervention. This research has involved evidence synthesis to examine the effectiveness of peer-based interventions, and qualitative research to explore young people’s views around the role of peers in relation to alcohol use behaviour. I am also leading a Cochrane systematic review which examines the effectiveness of individual-, family- and school-level interventions for preventing multiple risk behaviours in young people. 

My previous research has included investigation of the role of opiate substitution treatment in preventing HIV and Hepatitis C among people who inject drugs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biography

I obtained my BSc in Biological Sciences from University of Birmingham. I undertook my PhD in the field of viral immunology at the University of Bristol and my post-doctoral research in molecular virology at Imperial College London. Both my PhD and post-doctoral work involved laboratory research which aimed to develop and optimise treatment for Epstein-Barr virus-associated cancers.

 

Following my post-doctoral research, I joined the policy unit at the Academy of Medical Sciences. There, I managed the Global Health programme and focused on a range of UK-based policy projects linking with academics, government departments, UK funders and charities. I joined the South West Public Health Training Scheme in 2009 and completed my MPH at Cardiff University before becoming a member of the Faculty of Public Health. I was recently awarded an NIHR-funded post-doctoral fellowship (2014-2017).

Activities / Findings

I am a post-doctoral fellow funded by the National Institute of Health Research. My research interests are in the field of risk behaviours and interventions to prevent harms associated with these behaviours.

My current research aims to explore the relationship between peers, social networks and alcohol use among young people to inform the development of a school-based intervention. This research has involved evidence synthesis to examine the effectiveness of peer-based interventions, and qualitative research to explore young people’s views around the role of peers in relation to alcohol use behaviour. I am also leading a Cochrane systematic review which examines the effectiveness of individual-, family- and school-level interventions for preventing multiple risk behaviours in young people. 

My previous research has included investigation of the role of opiate substitution treatment in preventing HIV and Hepatitis C among people who inject drugs. 

Teaching

I teach 4th year medical undergraduates on the community oriented medical practice (COMP) module and contribute to the Part A revision course for public health specialty registrars preparing for exams for membership of the Faculty of Public Health.

Keywords

  • risk behaviour
  • adolescent behaviour
  • alcohol
  • drug use
  • young people
  • peer group
  • Interventions.

Memberships

Organisations

School of Social and Community Medicine

Recent publications

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