Dorothy Newbury-Birch

Professor, Professor of Social Justice and Public Policy

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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 now Professor of Social Justice and Public Policy where she leads a team of researchers and doctoral students (Team Alpha).

She is the lead academic on the recently funded NIHR PHR six-year funded project "South Tees Health Determinents Research Centre".

Dorothy is an associate member of Fuse. She was the  co-president of the International Network for Alcohol and other drugs -  INEBRIA until 2022. 

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 works in partnership with individuals and practitioners to get evidence into practice. She has been involved in around 120 peer reviewed publications and reports as well as many other abstracts and letters and been awarded over £21 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

NIHR PHR, Development of a series of RCTS on brief drug interventions - 2023

NIHR PHR, South Tees Health Determinents Research Centre (Lead Academic) - 2022

CRN, Development of integrated services approach for Middlesbrough and Cleveland. Grant holder (2020)

British Academy, What's in a meter (with colleagues in India), co-applicant (2019)

NIHR PHR, How to develop an existing MOU between PHST and TU into a research system for Middlesbrough Council and Redcar and Cleveland Borough council, Grant holder (2020)

Middlesbrough LA, Developing a co-production community COVID response, Grant Holder (2020)

NIHR ARC, Developing a national suicide framework for young people, Joint Grant Holder (2021)

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 guidelines
  • Member of the Advisory Board for PORSCH
  • Co-president of INEBRIA (until 2022)
  • Member of the crime and justice group of the Campbell Collaboration

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
  • IIT Bombay
  • Lovely Professional University, India
  • Durham County Council
  • Middlesbrough Council
  • Redcar and Cleveland Council
  • Norham High School, North Tyneside

Enterprise Interest and Activities

I have previously worked with young people 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. 

I am a mentor for the Girls Network.


Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

I teach systematic reviewing to postgraduate students and teaching staff.

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

External positions

Adjunct Professor of Economics, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

1 Sept 2020 → …

Adjunct Profess, Lovely Professional University

1 Sept 2019 → …


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