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Dr Louise Harvey-Golding

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Programme Leader MSc Public Health

I am Programme Leader for MSc Public Health. My teaching specialisms include mixed methods research, theories and models for behaviour change, and public health interventions.

I gained a PhD in Psychology, at Northumbria University, which focused on the socioeconomic impacts of free school breakfast. My academic research has focused on school and community health interventions. I am currently undertaking research into the experiences of Eastern European women living in the UK, in terms of discrimination and access to health care and support services. I have also provided consultancy to central and local government departments and the voluntary sector on UK social policy and legislation implementation, reform and impact, and UK and international Human Rights legislation.

Having gained a first-class MA in Special Educational Needs, a first-class BA in English Language and Literature, and a PGCE, I am also a highly qualified educational practitioner, with over ten years' experience working with adults, young people, children, in mainstream, further, higher and community education settings.

Teaching and supervision

  • MSc Public Health
  • HSSM66 – Health Research Methods and Critical Appraisal
  • HSSM70 – Dissertation


I gained my PhD in Psychology at Northumbria University Newcastle, supervised by Professor Greta Defeyter in 2017. My thesis title was: Universal Free School Breakfast: a Socioecological Perspective of Breakfast Behaviours in a Deprived Town within the North-West of England, UK.

Prior research findings into school breakfast schemes indicate numerous health and educational benefits; yet gaining a consensus on the effects is difficult due to the differences in school breakfast models and populations targeted.

I applied a mixed-methods approach to undertake a socioeconomic investigation of the outcomes associated with a universal free school breakfast scheme, examining the experiences and perspectives of stakeholders; children’s and parental attitudes towards breakfast and breakfast consumption behaviours; and children’s nutritional intake across the morning at home and school.


  • Psychology
  • Sociology 
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Social Policy
  • Research Methods

Last updated 19 December 2022