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Dr Katrina Turner

Dr Katrina Turner

Dr Katrina Turner
B.Sc.(Aberd.), M.Sc.(Edin.), Ph.D.(Stir.)

Senior Lecturer & Joint Head of CAPC

Office 1.01a
Canynge Hall,
39 Whatley Road, Bristol BS8 2PS
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+44 (0) 117 3314559


Katrina is a senior qualitative methodologist.  She has extensive knowledge and experience of using in-depth interviews, focus groups and observations. Katrina has particular expertise in designing and overseeing qualitative studies nested within large randomised controlled trials, and developing and supervising the qualitative elements of large programme grants. Most of her research has been in the areas of primary care mental health.


Katrina joined the Centre of Academic Primary Health Care in September 2004.  Prior to doing so she worked at the MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Glasgow, and at the University of Glasgow on mixed method studies that focused on the health and health behaviours of children and adolescents.

Katrina has a background in health sciences, health promotion and health education, and a PhD from a Department of Applied Social Science. Her PhD thesis focused on young women's views and experiences of teenage pregnancy and motherhood.


Teaching leadership:

Joint lead for the Human Basis of Medicine teaching (HBoM) unit.  HBoM forms a substantial part of year 1 of the MB ChB degree course and consists of five sub-elements: Society, Health and Medicine, Clinical Epidemiology, Ethics and Law, Whole Person Care and Introduction to Primary Care.

Joint Helical theme lead for Social and Behavioural Science in Medicine.  The Bristol medical curriculum is currently being rewritten.  The new curriculum (MB21) will be launched in September 2017.  There will be 16 helical themes which run across the curriculum.  I am responsible for ensuring Social and Behavioural Sciences are interwoven throughout the 5 years of MB21.  

Member of the MB ChB year one curriculum deveopment group.  This group is responsible for developing the structure, content and materials for the new year one in MB21.

Teaching deliverly

Tutor and lecturer on Society, Health and Medicine: 10 week course delivered to all first year Bristol medical students

Academic foundation 2 (AF2) tutor for qualitative research methods: I deliver a half-day teaching session on qualitative research methods

Lecturer and tutor on short courses delivered within the School of Social and Community Medicine.  

Current PhD supervisor to 3 students



  • Integration of qualitative methods within RCTs


  • Depression
  • psychosis
  • personality disorders


  • qualitative research methods


In my current post I have a responsibility to develop and manage qualitative studies, many of which are nested within large RCTs. I also provide advice to students and colleagues about the design and conduct of qualitative research projects. My research interests include childhood obesity, diabetes, depression, and sexual health.

  • qualitative research methods
  • type 2 diabetes
  • childhood obesity
  • depression
  • sexual health
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