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Dr Patricia Lucas

Dr Patricia Lucas

Dr Patricia Lucas

Reader, Child Health Research

Office Room 1.6, 7 Priory Road
Social Science Complex,
8 Priory Road, Bristol BS8 1TZ
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+44 (0) 117 331 0866



She contributes to teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the following topics: children in society, applied developmental psychology, evidence-based practice, family support, language and literacy development, and obesity in children.

She also contributed to the School’s programme of widening participation, teaching on the Sutton Trust Summer Schools and taking part in the Compact Scheme.


  • Inequalities in child health and wellbeing. Educational
  • nutritional and social interventions and outcomes for children; child disability
  • poverty and deprivation; child development.


My interests have ranged from poor readers, to breast feeding, growth in infancy, nutrition intervention, depression in fathers of young children, to mentoring and CBT for conduct disordered youth. I am currently collaborating on research with academics in the UK and internationally. My research falls into two main categories: Early childhood development. ? Primary focus on educational, nutritional and social interventions and outcomes for children. ? Secondary areas of research have included child disability, poverty and deprivation, and inequalities in health. Systematic reviews and the development of an evidence base for policy ? completed systematic reviews on infant growth and outcomes and population interventions for improving nutrition and diet. ? currently working on a review for the Cochrane Collaboration of the benefits to children of increased welfare payments to families and a knowledge review of evidence on challenging behaviour in children?s residential care with Professor David Berridge.

  • early childhood development
  • child disability
  • child poverty
  • child deprivation
  • inequalities in health
  • educational interventions
  • nutritional interventions
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