Helen is a social scientist with 17 years’ experience leading research projects, delivering contract-based technical advice, and teaching online and in traditional postgraduate programmes in international health. She has specialist skills in qualitative methods applied to health services research, research synthesis, and research uptake relevant to health problems in low- and middle-income countries. Research interests and expertise in maternal and reproductive health, research capacity strengthening, tropical disease prevention. Trained in applied population research and human geography
Helen has developed a portfolio of postgraduate teaching in systematic reviews for policy and practice, research methods, and research-related skills. She currently teaches on the Diploma in Sexual & Reproductive Health in Low Resource Areas and the MSc in International Public Health, and supervises PhD and MSc students.
Delivery and evaluation of complex interventions to improve Maternal and Newborn Health globally including:
- Packages to improve availability and quality of maternal and newborn health care
- Quality improvement programmes including standards based audit, maternal and perinatal death audit, and MDSR
Making it Happen
Contracted by WHO (Departments of Reproductive Health & Research and Maternal, Newborn, Child & Adolescent Health) to develop an implementation guide for country programmes on introducing a companion of choice at birth for improved birth outcomes.
With Fudan University, China & Duke University, US. Policy process, implementation experience, historical lessons and international dissemination of maternal and infant health and child nutrition in China. China-UK Global Health Support Programme (funded by Ministry of Health China & DFID, UK)