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Academic Biography

Dorothy Newbury-Birch joined the University in January 2015 as Professor of Alcohol and Public Health Research. She is based at the School for Social Sciences, Humanities and Law and is the Strategic Director of the Centre for Crime, Harm Prevention and Security. 

Dorothy is an associate member of Fuse and a member of both the early life and adolescence and behavioural change programmes and the International Network for Alcohol and other drugs -  INEBRIA. 

Professor Newbury-Birch's research focuses on work around reducing alcohol related harm in society, particularly for young people and those in various stages of the criminal justice system. She leads a team of researchers and students. She also works in partnership with individuals and practitioners to get evidence into practice. She has been involved in over 70 peer reviewed publications and reports as well as many other abstracts and letters and been awarded over £14 million in research grants.

Summary of Research Interests

  • Alcohol related harm
  • Experimental criminology
  • Interventions for alcohol use disorders with young people
  • Interventions for alcohol use disorders in the criminal justice setting
  • Co-production public health evaluations with public health practitioners
  • Systematic reviewing

Research Projects & External Funding

Alcohol Research UK, Evaluation of an early intervention programme for young persons with alcohol and drug misuse in Sunderland, co-applicant (2018)

Public Health England, Alcohol and Smoking Brief Interventions - Behavioural Analysis Project. Co-applicant (2017)

NIHR PHR, Interventions to reduce substance use by children and young people in Youth Offending Teams: RISKIT-CJS, Co-applicant (2016)

Alcohol Research UK. Development of a core outcome set for alcohol brief interventions: The ORBIT project; Grant holder (2016)

NIHR PHR, The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of alcohol brief interventions in reducing risky drinking in the high school setting with 14-15 year olds SIPS JR-HIGH, Grant holder (2015)

MRC, PHIND, Examining the evidence base for alcohol screening and brief interventions in the UK prison system, Co-applicant (2015)

Durham Council, Co-production Public Health Evaluations, Grant holder (2011)

PhD and Research Opportunities

I am interested in discussing PhDs with individuals who have an interest in alcohol/drugs and the criminal justice system. 

External Roles and Professional Activities

  • Member of Funding Panel for Alcohol Change UK
  • Topic expert on the NICE - alcohol interventions in schools
  • Member of the Advisory Board for PORSCH
  • Member of the Co-ordinating Committee for INEBRIA

External Research Collaborations

I currently work with the following institutions:

  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Kent
  • Newcastle University
  • Sunderland University
  • Northumbria University
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • Kings College London
  • University of North Carolina and Greensboro
  • Durham County Council
  • Norham High School, North Tyneside

Enterprise Interest and Activities

I currently work with a group of eleven 15 year old students at Norham High School in North Tyneside to develop and carry out a piece of research looking at the association of mental health and being involved in sport. 

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

I teach systematic reviewing to postgraduate students and teaching staff.

I teach nursing students about alcohol and criminal justice and about the risks associated with alcohol.

I have taught students in the USA systematic reviewing using Skype.

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Research Output

Consistent delivery of healthy weight messages to pregnant and postpartum women: A local resource implementation evaluation commissioned by Public Health England

Ells, L., Watson, P., Perumbakkam Subramanian, M. K., Moore, H., Newbury-Birch, D., Mann, G. & Sewell, K., 30 Apr 2020, (Accepted/In press) Teesside University. 71 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access
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    Alcohol brief interventions for male remand prisoners: a mixed-methods feasibility and acceptability study

    Holloway, A., Ferguson, J., Parker, R., Sheik, A., Guthrie, V. & Newbury-birch, D., 30 Nov 2019, In : The Lancet. 394, Supplement 2, p. S53 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting Abstract

    A qualitative account of young people’s experiences of alcohol screening and brief interventions in schools: SIPS Jr-HIGH trial findings

    Giles, E., McGeechan, G., Scott, S., McGovern, R., Boniface, S., Ramsay, A., Hendrie, N., McColl, E., Sumnall, H., Newbury-Birch, D. & Kaner, E., 21 Aug 2019, In : Journal of Public Health.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • A qualitative study of health promotion in academy schools in England

    Jessiman, P. E., Campbell, R., Jago, R., Van Sluijs, E. M. F. & Newbury-birch, D., 28 Aug 2019, In : BMC Public Health. 19, 13 p., 1186 .

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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    Brief alcohol intervention for risky drinking in young people aged 14–15 years in secondary schools: the SIPS JR-HIGH RCT

    Giles, E. L., Mcgeechan, G. J., Coulton, S., Deluca, P., Drummond, C., Howel, D., Kaner, E., Mccoll, E., Mcgovern, R., Scott, S., Stamp, E., Sumnall, H., Todd, L., Vale, L., Albani, V., Boniface, S., Ferguson, J., Gilvarry, E., Hendrie, N., Howe, N. & 4 others, Mossop, H., Ramsay, A., Stanley, G. & Newbury-birch, D., 8 May 2019, In : Public Health Research. 7, 9, p. i-134 134 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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