Meet the Team

The Centre for Intelligent Healthcare (CIH) has a strong Research Leadership Team and support staff who are creating an exciting and innovative environment for our Post Graduate Researchers and early career researchers.

Senior Leadership Team

Professor Richard Aspinall
Associate Dean for Research, Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, and Acting Executive Director of the Centre for Intelligent Healthcare.

Professor Aspinall is an international expert in issues concerning vaccination in older people and in the design and use of devices as diagnostic aids and remotely monitoring health. Professor Aspinall’s research interests include Health Technology, Cell Culture, Infectious Diseases and the Design and testing of compounds which improve vaccine responses in the elderly.

Professor Richard Aspinall is supported by the following members of staff who make up the Centres’ Senior Leadership Team:

Professor Deborah Lycett, RD

Deborah Lycett is a Professor in Religious Health and Dietetic Practice and is a Registered Dietician. Her research explores whole-person approaches to chronic disease management, and has experience of investigating tobacco addiction, obesity and diabetes with particular emphasis on the psychological and spiritual aspects of eating behaviors. Deborah is experienced in the design and clinical trial of interventions to improve eating behaviours in primary care and within churches.

Professor Andy Turner
Acting Theme Lead, Epidemiology and Evidenced Based Healthcare.

Andy is a Professor of Health Psychology and a registered health psychologist. He has been involved in developing, delivering and evaluating health behaviour coaching and self-management programmes for patients and carers including those living with and beyond cancer, MS, dementia, HIV/AIDS and mental health problems. Andy’s Research Interests include the development of digital self-management tools aimed at those living with long term conditions, used by, for example, NHS and McMillan. Andy is also the Director of a Social Enterprise, which is a spin out from Coventry University.

Professor Dingchang Zheng
Theme Lead. Healthcare Technology, Prototype Design and Testing.

Dingchang is a professor of Medical Technology in healthcare. His research involves collaborating with multidisciplinary teams, including Computer scientists, Clinicians, engineers and allied professionals including behavioural psychologist. He has a number of novel medical devices in development including Monitoring devices using cardiovascular parameters. Dingchang’s Research interests include; Innovative medical technology and device development, and Physiological measurement, physiological signal processing and their clinical application.

Professor Petra Wark
Epidemiology and Evidenced Based Healthcare.

Petra is a nutritional and chronic disease epidemiologist with additional experience in applied statistics. Petra’s research has focused on the development and validation of digital health technologies used for the enhancement of wellbeing or disease prevention or management.

Dr Lorna O’Doherty
Associate Professor, Behavioural and Implementation Science.

Lorna is an associate professor of violence and health research. Lorna’s research focus is primarily on intimate partner violence and sexual violence as major public health problems across the globe. Lorna has published widely on the subject of abuse and health, and is currently the principal investigator on a national NIHR project, which examines health, wellbeing and service access among survivors of recent sexual abuse and assault.

Research Associates and Senior Leadership Members

Professor Ala Szczepura

Ala Szczepura is Professor of Health Technology Assessment, and has a proven career of interdisciplinary research, with a focus on emerging technological innovations in healthcare as well as policy change research. Ala also holds an honorary chair in Warwick Medical School and is a member of the Advisory Group for Warwick Evidence which undertakes technology assessment reviews for NICE.

External Visiting Professors

Professor Alf Collins is the Clinical Director of the Personalised Care Group, NHS England. Alf is a doctor, commissioner, researcher and national policy advisor in person-centred care.

Professor Michael McGillion is an Associate Professor and holds the Heart and Stroke Foundation/Michael G. DeGroote Endowed Chair of Cardiovascular Nursing Research at the McMaster University School of Nursing.

Assistant Professors

Name Title
Dr Emmie Fulton Assistant Professor, Behavioural and Implementation Science
Dr Kristina Curtis Assistant Professor, Behavioural and Implementation Science
Dr Hayley Wright Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Evidenced Based Healthcare

Research Fellows

Name Title
Dr Grace Carter Research Fellow, Behavioural and Implementation Science
Dr Kim Bul Research Fellow, Prototype Design and Testing
Nikki Holiday Design Manager, Prototype Design and Testing
Paul Magee Senior Product Designer, Prototype Design and Testing

Professional Services

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Karen Edwards Operations Manager

Support Office

Name Title
Sophie Krumins Faculty of Health Research Support Manager
Andy Davies Faculty of Health Senior Research Support Administrator
Samantha Trow Faculty of health Research Support Administrator
Paula McBride Faculty of health Research Support Administrator
Saleema Tai Faculty of health Research Support Administrator

Research Development Team

Name Title
Vaughan Shilton Research Funding Executive

Research Project Delivery Support Team

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Joanne Lloyd Research Delivery Support Partner
Laura Tippin Research Delivery Support Assistant