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School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health

Staff Profiles

Dr Emily J Henderson

Research Fellow in Complex Health Systems in the Centre for Public Policy & Health
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 40399
Room number: Wolfson Research Institute, Queen's Campus, Stockton on Tees, TS17 6BH

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Dr Henderson is a medical anthropologist currently working in the Centre for Public Policy and Health in the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health. There she is a Research Fellow in Complex Health Systems, and contributes to its World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Complex Health Systems Research, Knowledge and Action. She is a WHO trainer for its Social Determinants of Health 'Health in All Policies' approach.

She runs the Stress, Health and Wellbeing special interest group through the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing, and is also a Principle Investigator on the Fuse Complex Systems Research Programme, one of its six research themes. Fuse the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health is one of five UKCRC Centres for Excellence in Public Health.

Research Interests

  • Relationships between inequalities, stress and 'lifestyle', in particular obesity
  • Social stigma and its intersections (e.g obesity and mental health)
  • Globalisation, insecurity and state responsibilities for health
  • Biocultural anthropology
  • Translational research and evidence informed policy and practice

Teaching & Students

Dr Henderson has over 10 years experience lecturing, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has lectured in the field of anthropology, on topics of human ecology, nutrition ecology and research methods, including mixed methods.

She lectures and supervises MSc and PhD students on the Public Policy and Global Health programme on topics of health inequalities, 'lifestyle', complex systems and evidence informed policy. She co-leads modules on the Dynamics of Evidence Informed Policy, and Qualitative Methods Applied to Policy and Health Research.

She welcomes MSc and PhD students with shared research interests.

Selected awards

Recent oral papers

Selected Publications

Book review

Doctoral Thesis

Journal Article

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

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Research Groups

School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health

  • Qualitative Health Research Group

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

Research Projects

Department of Anthropology

  • Investigating Physical Activity and Diet in British Pakistani Women and Girls.
  • Understanding the impact of early environment on ovarian function and cardiovascular risk factors