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Emily Peckham
Research Fellow



Emily is a Research Fellow in the Mental Health and Addiction Research Group and currently manages the OWLS study and the Closing the Gap Network and Closing the Gap cohort. The OWLS study is exploring how the COVID-19 pandemic and the pandemic restrictions have affected people with severe mental ill health while Closing the Gap is looking at improving the physical health of people with severe mental ill health.

Emily previously managed the SCIMITAR programme which explored the effectiveness of a bespoke smoking cessation intervention for people with severe mental ill health.

Emily's background is as a research chemist where she worked for several years before completing her PhD in Health Services Research at the University of Leeds in 2012. Emily has experience of using both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.


  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry (Bath University)
  • PhD Health Services Research (Leeds University)



Emily's research interests are in clinical trial methodology, mental health, complementary and alternative medicine, research ethics, and serious mental ill health and smoking.


  • Closing The Gap: Health and Wellbeing Cohort

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Dr Emily Peckham
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  • Dissertation supervisor for Master of Public Health and the MSc in Applied Health Research

Emily is able to supervise Masters projects with a broad focus on mental health problems and physical health. Specific areas of interest include interventions for people with severe mental ill health, smoking cessation and complementary and alternative medicine.