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Research Profile

Prof Simon Murphy 

Dr Simon Murphy
Position:Professor in Public Health Improvement, Principle Investigator (PI) on PHIRN and Cardiff Co-Director for DECIPHer
School:Social Sciences

Telephone:+44 (0)29 208 79144
Fax:+44 (0)29 208 79054
contact info:

Address:Room 1.05, 1-3 Museum Place

Research Interests

My research interests focus on two main areas. The first focuses on understanding and explaining young people’s health and health related behaviours within their social context, drawing on socio ecological frameworks.  This work informs the development and piloting of sustainable complex interventions for health improvement that address influences on multiple risk outcomes and health inequalities. The second concerns the evaluation of theoretically driven complex public health improvement initiatives, with a particular concern for the social processes and contextual influences that impact on implementation and effectiveness. I have undertaken a large number of pragmatic randomised controlled trials of complex interventions utilising mixed methodologies, including a number of national policy trials.
I am particularly keen to develop the quality of public health improvement research and I am principal investigator for the NISCHR funded Public Health Improvement Research Network. This is an innovative transdicplinary action n research network that brings together policy makers, practitioners, the public and academics, which has facilitated a large number of innovative evaluation studies and secured over £21 million in research income.

PHIRN website

DECPIHer website