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Caroline Lee Prince of Wales Fellow in Retail Organisations Engagement Activities and Community Wellbeing, supported by ASDA

Caroline  Lee, Prince of Wales Fellow in Retail Organisations Engagement Activities and Community Wellbeing, supported by ASDA

Caroline is a Senior Research Associate with over 20 years’ experience in project and programme evaluation and research across a variety of policy areas, including public health, mental health, employment, education, and childcare. With experience across the range of research methodologies, she favours qualitative approaches, and is interested in participatory methods.

She has recently been conducting a review of community-based initiatives in support of mental health of older adults at times of psychosocial stress; and contributing to a participatory review of community involvement in place-based decision-making. Caroline is also co-leading a realist informed case study in this region for a national project on approaches by local authorities to improving public health and reducing inequalities in the context of austerity.

Other recent projects include: developing age-friendly rural communities: the contribution of local participatory planning processes; reviewing the potential of time credit systems for improving public health; supporting local commissioners in developing evaluation frameworks for a healthy communities fund; increasing attention to ethnicity and migration within public health; engaging communities in thinking about dementia risk; investigating peer support approaches to social care for older prisoners; and evaluating a creative participatory approach to research with young people attending Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.


Office Phone: +44 (0) 1223 731028

Biography:

Research interests

Her research interests include addressing inequalities through preventative, sustainable, system-based and context-sensitive approaches to population health.

Career 

Before joining the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Public Health in 2011, Caroline held research positions at the University of Oxford, IPSOS MORI and ECORYS consultancies.

Qualifications

  • MA Social Policy, University of York. 1995. (Thesis: “The ‘Seamless’ care of older people returning from hospital into the community: reality or rhetoric?”)
  • BA (Hons) European Studies, with French and Spanish (Class 2.1) University of Hull, UK. 1994

Other affiliations

Caroline also contributes to the NIHR School for Public Health Research programmes of work on ‘public mental health’ and ‘places and communities’, through her position at Cambridge Institute of Public Health (CIPH). Cyl40@medschl.cam.ac.uk

Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge

Funding and awards

Cambridge Humanities Research Grants Scheme 2016: CHILL: Connected for Cognitive Health in Later Life. A Community Based Participatory Research project in Chatteris, UK (Co-PI with Dr Lafortune)

Public Health England (East of England) Seed funding awarded 2017 to support Public Health Registrar in developing an evaluation framework for complex community-based public health programmes.

Publications

Selected Publications

Posters

  • Lee C, McGrath M, Duncan FH, Baskin C, Osborn D, Dykxhoorn J, Kaner EFS, Gnani S, Walters KR, Kirkbride J, Oliver EJ, Lafortune L. A systematic scoping review of community-based interventions to support the mental health of older adults. Social Science and Medicine Annual Conference. September 2020

Forthcoming

  • Lee C, McGrath M, Remes O, Lafortune L. A systematic Scoping Review of the effect of community-based interventions on psychosocial stressors and mental health in older adults. (Forthcoming)
  • Lee C, Parker G, Buckner S, Mattocks C, Barnes A, Oliver EJ, Cowan A, Lafortune L. Neighbourhood planning, rural ageing and public health policy in England. Town Planning Review. (Forthcoming)
  • Baxer S, Barnes A, Lee C, Mead R, Clowes M. Increasing public participation and influence in local decision-making to address social determinants of health during times of resource constraint: a systematic review examining initiatives and theories. BMC Public Health. (Submitted)
  • McGrath M, Duncan FH, Baskin C, Osborn D, Dykxhoorn J, Kaner EFS, Gnani S, Lafortune L, Lee C, Walters KR, Kirkbride J, Oliver EJ. Community interventions for the mental health of working-age adults experiencing financial uncertainty: a state-of-the-art review. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. (Submitted)
  • Baskin C, Duncan FH, McGrath M, Osborn D, Dykxhoorn J, Kaner EFS, Gnani S, Lafortune L, Lee C, Walters KR, Kirkbride J, Oliver EJ. Community interventions for the mental health of BAME populations: a state of the art review. BMC Public Health (Submitted)
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