People

Left to right: Matt, Simon, Nick, Gillian, Joan, Dani and Graham

The core SHRN team is based at DECIPHer’s Cardiff office, details on who we are and what we do can be found below.

Joan Roberts
School Health Research Network Manager
Joan is a teacher and has spent many years working in the field of school health in Wales. She has worked with DECIPHer on a range of school research projects and supported the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes by working with individual schemes and running training and writing resources for the Welsh Government. She is also a WNHSS National Quality Award assessor.

Her role in the Network is to manage its development, ensuring it meets the needs of schools, researchers and key health and educational stakeholders. She will provide support for the Network schools and manage the offer of resources from the partners and other organisations.

Dr Gillian Hewitt
Research Associate
Gillian joined DECIPHer in 2012 having previously worked in the joint Faculty of Health and Social Care at St George’s, University of London and Kingston University. Gillian’s role is to help develop the network and collect the information needed to assess its feasibility and sustainability. She will be developing and testing ideas about how we can make research projects less burden-some for schools, as well as developing a system to organize and manage research projects within the Network.

Prof Simon Murphy
Principal Investigator of the School Health Research Network
Simon is the director of DECIPHer, having worked at Cardiff University since 2004. Simon’s interests are in children and young people’s health behaviours and working with policy and practice to improve health improvement efforts.

Dr Graham Moore
Reader, Social Sciences and Health
Graham is Deputy Director of the Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer), Cardiff and a Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences and Health. He has an international reputation as a specialist in methodology for evaluating complex interventions, having led the development and authorship of new high impact MRC guidance for process evaluation of complex interventions.

Nick Page
SHRN Analyst
Originally from Exeter, Nick moved to Wales in 2007 to begin his studies and have spent the whole of his academic career living and working within Wales. He was awarded a PhD in a public health-related field from Cardiff University in 2015, became a member of the WISERD team in 2016, and has been working at DECIPHer since January 2019.

Danielle Couturiaux
Research Assistant
Danielle is originally from Trinidad and Tobago, but has lived in wales for  years and has recently graduated from Cardiff University with a degree in Politics and Sociology. She is currently covering for Amy Edwards while she is on maternity leave. Her previous roles in DECIPHer included working as an administrator on the WISE study, and a fieldworker in the JACK trial.

Emily Lowthian
Research Associate
Emily joined DECIPHer as a PhD student in October 2016, after being involved as a placement student working with SHRN data and reports. She is now providing maternity cover for Rebecca Anthony, and will be supporting the development of peer-reviewed publications using SHRN data.

Alongside her SHRN role, Emily is involved on a number of projects which focus on childhood and educational outcomes. In particular, her PhD is developing an understanding how parenting and the family environment is affected by parental substance misuse, and the effects this has on their children’s educational outcomes.

Matt Davies
Research Administrator
Matt has been a mainstay at the Cardiff University – first completing his law degree here, and then working for the School of Social Sciences – since January 2015, when he joined the Masters in Educational Practice (MEP) programme as a temp. He spent three years managing events, assessments and student records for the MEP before moving to the SHRN team in 2018.