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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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My primary research interests are in the reduction of inequalities in health and wellbeing in early childhood.  My background is in Psychology and this informs my approach to my work as a behavioural scientist.  I am interested in mixed methods approaches, combining qualitative and quantitative data in systematic reviews and in primary research to inform policy decisions.  I often work within interdisciplinary teams; I have collaborated with colleagues across Medicine, Engineering, Law, and Arts and was a member of the University of Bristol's Institute for Advanced Studies for 5 years.

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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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