Dr Michelle CollinsSenior Research Associate
My PhD from the Psychology department at Lancaster University explored (amongst other things) smoker identity and its relation to smoking behaviour and this continues to be an enduring pre-occupation of mine. Since 2009 I have worked on a number of health-related projects within the Division of Health Research, with a focus upon health, health equity and the wider social determinants of health. I am primarily interested and experienced in using interviews, surveys and focus groups and qualitative data analysis methods. I am also keen to further explore and develop my understanding of and practice in public involvement in research.
I am currently working as part of the LiLaC (Liverpool and Lancaster Collaboration) for the NIHR School for Public Health Research on the:
- Health Inequalities Programme: Evaluation of National-Lottery-funded Big Local, a complex intervention in community empowerment in 150 communities across England
Since joining the Division of Health Research in 2009 I have worked on a number of projects. These include exploring the impact of short breaks on disabled children and their families, assessing the use of an anti-tobacco education resource pack in schools, further education colleges and schools and developing a framework to facilitate the assessment of the impact of public involvement in research.
My recent work as part of the project team that developed the Public Involvement Impact Assessment Framework (PiiAF) has increased my awareness of the possibilities for enhancing the accountability and quality of research through public involvement. I hope to get the opportunity to extend my involvement with PiiAF by working with research teams who would like to use the framework to develop an impact assessment of the public involvement in their research.
I am keen to further my interests in both smoking and public involvement through a project which will adopt a collaborative approach to developing a smoking cessation intervention for young people, particularly those disengaged from mainstream education.
I mostly use a range of qualitative approaches including thematic analysis, Discursive Psychology and Membership Categorisation Analysis, but I have also been known to engage in some quantitative data analysis as well.
Putting context centre stage: evidence from a systems evaluation of an area based empowerment initiative in England
Orton, L., Halliday, E.C., Collins, J.M., Egan, M., Lewis, S., Ponsford, R., Powell, K., Salway, S., Townsend, A., Whitehead, M., Popay, J.M. 2017 In: Critical Public Health. 27, 4, p. 477-489. 13 p.
Development of a framework for identifying and measuring collective control as a social determinant of health: findings from an evaluation of a natural policy experiment in empowerment
Ponsford, R., Collins, J.M., Egan , M., Halliday, E.C., Salway, S., Orton, L., Popay, J.M., Townsend, A., Whitehead, M. 13/11/2015
Short break and respite services for disabled children in England: comparing children's and parents' perspectives of their impact on children
Welch, V., Collins, M., Hatton, C., Emerson, E., Robertson, J., Wells, E., Langer, S. 11/2014 In: Children and Society. 28, 6, p. 478-494. 17 p.
A break from caring for a disabled child: parent perceptions of the uses and benefits of short break provision in England
Collins, M., Langer, S., Welch, V., Wells, E., Hatton, C., Robertson, J., Emerson, E. 07/2014 In: British Journal of Social Work. 44, 5, p. 1180-1196. 17 p.
Exploring areas of consensus and conflict around values underpinning public involvement in health and social care research: a modified Delphi study
Snape, D., Kirkham, J., Preston, J., Popay, J., Britten, N., Collins, M., Froggatt, K., Gibson, A., Lobban, F., Wyatt, K., Jacoby, A. 10/01/2014 In: BMJ Open. 4, 1, 12 p.
Using direct payments to fund short breaks for families with a disabled child
Welch, V., Hatton, C., Emerson, E., Collins, M., Robertson, J., Langer, S., Wells, E. 11/2012 In: Child: Care, Health and Development. 38, 6, p. 900-909. 10 p.
Evaluating the impact of short breaks on families with a disabled child/young person: findings and questions
Hatton, C., Welch, V., Collins, M., Wells, E., Langer, S., Robertson, J., Emerson, E. 07/2012
Do short break and respite services for families with a disabled child in England make a difference to siblings?: a qualitative analysis of sibling and parent responses
Welch, V., Hatton, C., Emerson, E., Robertson, J., Collins, M., Langer, S., Wells, E. 02/2012 In: Children and Youth Services Review. 34, 2, p. 451-459. 9 p.
A report on themes emerging from qualitative research into the impact of short break provision on families with disabled children
Langer, S., Collins, M., Welch, V., Wells, E., Hatton, C., Robertson, J., Emerson, E. 2011 Department for Children Schools and Families.
Final Report on the evaluation of the Smoke & Mirrors resource pack pilot
Collins, M. 2011 Smokefree North West.
The Impacts of short break provision on families with a disabled child: an international literature review.
Robertson, J., Hatton, C., Wells, E., Collins, M., Langer, S., Welch, V., Emerson, E. 2011 In: Health and Social Care in the Community. 19, 4, p. 337-371.
The impact of short breaks on families with a disabled child over time: the 2nd report from the quantitative study
Hatton, C., Collins, M., Welch, V., Robertson, J., Emerson, E., Langer, S., Wells, E. 2011 Centre for Disability Research, Lancaster University.
The impacts of short break provision on disabled children and their families: an international review
Robertson, J., Hatton, C., Emerson, E., Wells, E., Collins, M., Langer, S., Welch, V. 2010 Department for Children Schools and Families.
The impacts of short break provision on families with a disabled child: report one of the quantitative phase
Welch, V., Hatton, C., Wells, E., Collins, M., Langer, S., Robertson, J., Emerson, E. 2010 Department of Education.