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The new academic year brings a new set of DPhil students into the department. Some are entirely new to us, some have been working in the department in the last few years, and all are very welcome.

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Anthony Harnden, Professor of Primary Care and Director of Graduate studies, gives a warm welcome to our new cohort of students: "I am delighted that we have welcomed such a large and diverse group of DPhil students this year. It is pleasing to see the DPhil numbers growing and, despite the strange times we are in, am confident that they will thrive within the strong DPhil community we have within our Department".



DPhil student

Bio and Thesis

Joseph Lee



Joseph is an NIHR in Practice Fellow and GP with a special interest in cardiology. Qualifications include BSc Biological Sciences, BMBCh (Oxford) and an MSc in Epidemiology.

Thesis: Preventing infection-related cardiovascular disease in primary care.

Supervisors: James Sheppard, Constantinos Koshiaris, Richard Hobbs

Ashley Clift



Ashley is a Clinical Research Fellow here at the University of Oxford. 

He trained in medicine at Christ Church, University of Oxford, and Imperial College London, and is a lecturer on the BSc in Surgical Design, Technology and Innovation course at Imperial College London.

Thesis: Personalised breast cancer screening: development &validation of a novel approach using the high dimensional data source QResearch &linked data [DPhil in Cancer Science, hosted by NDPCHS].

Supervisor: Julia Hippisley-Cox


Amelia Talbot



Amelia is our first Rosamund Snow Research Fellow, based in the Medical Sociology and Health Experiences Research Group (MS&HERG).

Amelia has a BA Sociology and an MA Contemporary Sociology from the University of Leicester, and is the 2019 Dr Rees Powell Sociology Dissertation Award winner. 

Thesis: Generating a Comprehensive Understanding of People’s and GPs’ Experiences of Diagnosis, Management, and Treatment of TRD.

Supervisors: Sara Ryan, Charlotte Albury

Laura Armitage



Laura, a GP based in Oxford, was awarded an NIHR CLAHRC GP Fellowship in Cambridge in 2017, where she worked in the department of Public Health and Primary Care, investigating the use of mobile device applications to support medication adherence. In 2020, Laura was awarded a Wellcome Trust Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow.

Thesis: Investigating the health and economic benefits of a novel pathway for detecting undiagnosed hypertension in adults, using routinely collected data. 

Supervisors: Andrew Farmer, Peter Watkinson, Stavros Petrou, Thomas Fanshawe

Lucy Goddard



Lucy, a registered midwife, is a DPhil student working within the hypertension team. 

Having previously worked as a research assistant in our Health Behaviours team, Lucy's projects included identifying the most important unanswered questions in obesity and weight-related research.

Thesis: Hypertension Self-Management in Pregnancy.

Supervisors: Richard McManus, Kath Tucker


Sara Rotenberg



In 2020, Sara graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Georgetown University with a B.S. in Global Health, where she was awarded the Outstanding Student Award for the School of Nursing and Health Studies and named the school's first Rhodes Scholar. 

Sarah has also worked in health equity and international development-focused positions with the WHO, The World Bank, CEPI, Embassy of Canada to the United States, and Canadian Paediatric Society.

Thesis: Including Persons with Disabilities in Health Systems: Measuring Disparities and Improving Outcomes.

Supervisors: Sara Ryan, Emily McFadden


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Sharon has an NIHR in Practice Fellowship and was awarded an MRCGP at the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Thesis: What knowledge would support improving the management of teenagers with dysmenorrhoea in primary care?

Supervisors: Sue Ziebland, Julia Hippisley-Cox, Katy Vincent 

 Angela Wu



Angela is part of the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group, with a DPhil thesis focused on developing the evidence for active intervention to support smoking cessation in cardiovascular disease.

Supervisors: Paul Aveyard, Jamie Hartmann-Boyce, Nicola Lindson

 Defne Saatci



Thesis: Understanding the early presenting features and long-term complications of childhood and adolescent cancer

Supervisors: Julia Hippisley-Cox, Anthony Harnden

 Elif Çoker



Thesis: Design and implementation of social norm and identity driven behavioural interventions for reducing meat consumption

Supervisors: Susan Jebb, Kerstin Frie, Rachel Pechey

 Elizabeth Thomas



Thesis: Overuse and underuse of diagnostic tests and treatments in paediatric primary care

Supervisor: Carl Heneghan

 Jeremy Leslie-Spinks



Thesis: Researching patient-doctor dialogue in linguistic-phenomenological perspectives. "Painsong - exploring the lived-body experience of damaged dancers"

Supervisor: Trish GreenhalghMarta Arnaldi

 Melissa Little



Thesis: The use of a digital application to treat overweight and obesity in children: A feasibility study

Supervisors: Susan Jebb, Paul Aveyard, Tanisha Spratt

 Olu Onyimadu



Thesis: Health economic aspects of childhood obesity

Supervisors: Stavros Petrou, Julia Hippisley-Cox, Susan Jebb, Mara Violato


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