Shannon Doherty

Senior Lecturer in Public Health

Faculty:Faculty of Medical Science

Department:Medical Science and Public Health

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Public health

Shannon is a mental health specialist in the field of public health, with research interests in migration and health, research ethics and health communication.

shannon.doherty@anglia.ac.uk
Global Public Health, Migration & Ethics Research Group website

Background

As well as being a senior lecturer in public health, Shannon leads our Global Public Health, Migration and Ethics Research group. She is also Principal Investigator for the COMGAP-S project, which aims to integrate mental health services into primary care in Sri Lanka.

Shannon received her BA in English Literature from University of Calgary, Canada in 2007, BSc (Hons) in Psychology from Dalhousie University, Canada in 2013, MSc in Global Mental Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine/King’s College London in 2015, and her PhD in Public Health from Anglia Ruskin University in 2018.

Research interests

  • Migration
  • Global public health
  • Mental health
  • Research ethics
  • Health communication

Shannon is particularly interested in the effect of migration on health and mental health, especially for vulnerable populations such as those who have been trafficked for sexual or labour exploitation or those forcibly displaced due to cnflict or natural disaster. Her research interests also extend to exploration of research ethics when conducting health research with vulnerable populations. Further, Shannon’s work on the COMGAP-S project aligns with her developing interest in ways to integrate mental health services into primary health care in low-resource settings. This work utilises training interventions and behaviour change strategies to improve health care capacity and patient outcomes.

Areas of research supervision

  • Secondary supervisor, PhD with progression from MPhil, Faculty of Medical Science, 2018

Teaching

  • Module Leader, Health Communication, BSc (Hons) Public Health
  • Module Tutor, Introduction to Public Health, BSc (Hons) Public Health
  • Module Tutor, Professional Skills for Public Health 1-The Foundation
  • Module Tutor, Introduction to Population Health

Qualifications

  • BA English Literature (2007), University of Calgary, Canada
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (2013), Dalhousie University, Canada
  • MSc Global Mental Health (2015), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine/King’s College London
  • PhD Public Health (2018), Anglia Ruskin University, UK

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • PI, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (USA), COMGAP-S project, 2015-2020, $500,000
  • Research Assistant/Project Manager, Save the Children (UK), PREA project, 2016-2018, £471,270
  • Research Assistant/Project Manager, R2HC (UK), Research Ethics Tool, 2016-2017, £34,077
  • Research Assistant/Project Manager, Save the Children (UK), 3rd Call Seed Grant PREA project, 2015, £8,168
  • Research Assistant/Project Manager, Save the Children (UK), 2nd Call Seed Grant PREA project, 2014, £9,800

Selected recent publications

Doherty S., Oram S., Siriwardhana C., and Abas M. Suitability of measurements used to assess mental health outcomes in men and women trafficked for sexual and labour exploitation: a systematic review. Lancet Psychiatry, 2016, 3, pp464-71.

Virgincar A., Doherty S., Siriwardhana C. The impact of forced migration on the mental health of the elderly: a scoping review. International Psychogeriatrics, 2016.

Recent presentations and conferences

Uncovering ethical challenges encountered: improving human trafficking health research and public health response. Anglia Ruskin University Student Research Conference, oral presentation, 2017.

Integrating mental health into primary care for post-conflict populations in Northern Sri Lanka (COMGAP-S). King’s College, Health Service and Population Research Department Summer School, 2017.

Health research in humanitarian crises: towards a post-research ethics framework. 13th International Conference on Clinical Ethics Consultation, 2017.

Integrating mental health into primary care for post-conflict populations in Northern Sri Lanka (COMGAP-S). King’s College Global Mental Health and Psychosocial Support conference, 2017.

Global Conflict and Mental Health, Integrating mental health into primary care for post-conflict populations in Northern Sri Lanka (COMGAP-S). European Psychiatric Association symposium, 2016.

Public health research with trafficked populations: The need for robust ethics framework. Cumberland Lodge ‘Life Beyond the PhD’ conference, Windsor, UK, 2016. Poster and oral presentation.

Reinforcement learning and cognitive maps: The role of medial frontal cortex. Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, 2013. Poster.