Pip has over a decade’s worth of experience as a non-clinical academic exploring the health needs of prisoners and their associated health and social care needs pertaining to substance misuse, mental health, and wider health inequalities. She is highly experienced in undertaking mixed-methods studies, and of successfully delivering randomised trials within the prison environment.
Pip's doctoral research was undertaken at the University of Leeds, and she was awarded her PhD in 2019. The focus of her PhD was a feasibility study exploring the use of peer-led interventions in prisons to modify behavioural risk factors for non-communicable diseases.
Pip has a specialist interest in the ethics of undertaking health research, particularly in prisons. She has sat on an NHS Research Ethics Committee since 2015, taking on the role of Alternate Vice Chair of the Newcastle North Tyneside 2 Committee in April 2022.
Pip’s main research interest is prisoner health, particularly the use of peer-interventions to modify health behaviours of people in prison. She also has research interests in substance misuse, mental health, and the quality of care provided to prisoners.
Pip would be interested in supervising PhDs in the following areas of prisoner health; the use of peer-interventions to modify health behaviours amongst prisoners and addressing non-communicable disease risk behaviours in the prison environment.