Abby Dunn

Dr Abby Dunn
Research Associate
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  • Social Policy Research Unit, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD

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I have recently joined the Department of Social Policy and Social Work from Health Sciences where I worked for four and a half years on the National Lottery Community funded Better Start Bradford project focusing on children’s social and emotional development in the early years.

I have moved to the Social Policy Research Unit to take up a role working on projects around social care for older people. This is a new subject area for me but is focused on developing applied solutions for real world problems to improve quality of life for some of society’s most vulnerable people, which is my area of interest. In terms of the methods and approaches used, the experience I have gained in my previous role has given me the tools I need to research in this area.

My main research interests are around measurement, in particular adapting and developing tools for measuring complex constructs in routine practice. My other main interest is around implementation science, specifically the challenges of implementing and evaluating interventions in health and social care.


PhD, University of York

MRes, University of York

MA, University of Oxford

Current / recently completed research

Reducing delayed transfers of care (DTOC) for older adults with frailty: a systems-thinking approach to health and social care processes August 2020 - January 2022

This study aims to explore the role of complex social care systems in delayed transfers of care.

Enhancing person-centredness in the community support of older people - the EPIC studyJuly 2020 - December 2021

The project is developing a situational judgement test to assess the person-centredness of domiciliary care workers.