Executive Director and Professor of Community and Family Health, Institute for Health and Human Development (IHHD)
Angela is currently leading work on improving maternity care and the promotion of healthy behaviours amongst children and young people.
Professor Angela Harden is a social scientist with 20 years' experience of conducting mixed methods health research.
Angela joined UEL in 2008 as Professor of Community and Family Health, a post jointly funded by Barts Health NHS Trust linked to improving health and reducing inequalities in East London. She has built a research team across the Trust and the University and is currently leading work on improving maternity care using community development and group-based models, early intervention and equitable access to services, and the promotion of healthy behaviours amongst children and young people.
Prior to joining UEL, Angela worked at the Social Science Research Unit at the Institute of Education, University of London as associate director of the Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre. Here she developed methods for the inclusion of qualitative research alongside trials in systematic reviews to enable learning from those targeted by professional intervention and a better understanding of how social interventions work. She also co-founded a new MSc in Evidence for Policy and Practice and co-directed the Methods for Research Synthesis Node of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods which aims to build research capacity amongst UK social scientists.
Angela has published extensively and has secured funding from national and international bodies such as NIHR, ESRC, AHRC and EUFP7 as well as local health trusts and charities. She is a co-convener of the Cochrane Qualitative and Implementation Group and a member of the NIHR Health Technology Assessment Board.
Current and recently completed PhD students:
1) Hena Haque ‘Improving access to health services for women and children though children’s centres’, UEL funded studentship, director of studies, due to complete 2015;
2) Desiree Campbell-Richards, ‘Inequalities in access to health services amongst ethnically diverse people living in a disadvantaged urban area’ (co-supervisor with Ros Bryar at City University, due to complete 2015)
3) Olamide Sadare ‘Evaluation of community engagement in the design and delivery of health promotion interventions’ (co-supervisor with Elena Schmidt and Adrian Renton at UEL, completed 2011).
Jamal F, Fletcher A, Harden A, Wells H, Thomas J, Bonell C (2013) The school environment and student health: a meta-ethnography of qualitative research. BMC Public Health 13:798. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-798.
Bonell C, Wells H, Harden A, Jamal F, Fletcher A, Thomas J et al (2013) The effects on student health of interventions modifying the school environment: systematic review, Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health doi:10.1136/jech-2012-202247.
Cresswell JA, Yu G, Hatherall B, Morris J, Jamal F, Harden A, Renton A. (2013) Predictors of the timing of initiation of antenatal care in an ethnically diverse urban cohort in the UK. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 3:13(1):103. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2393-13-103
Picot J, Shepherd J, Kavanagh J, Cooper K, Harden A, Barnett-Page E, Jones J, Clegg A, Hartwell D, Frampton G (2012) Behavioural interventions for the prevention of sexually transmitted infections in young people aged 13–19 years: a systematic review. Health Education Research 27(3): 495-512.
Sampson A, Harden A, Tobi P, Renton A (2012) Promoting a healthy legacy for the Olympic Park: findings from a pre-games study. Perspectives in Public Health 132(2):64-5.
Bertotti M, Harden A, Renton A, Sheridan K (2012) The contribution of a social enterprise to the building of social capital in a disadvantaged urban area of London. Community Development Journal 47 (2): 168-183.
Harden A, Gough G (2012) Quality and relevance appraisal. In D Gough, J Thomas and S Oliver (Eds) An Introduction to Systematic Reviews. London: Sage
Watts P, Phillips G, Petticrew M, Harden A, Renton A (2011) The influence of environmental factors on the generalisability of public health research evidence: physical activity as a worked example. International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity. 8:128
Kavanagh J, Oakley A, Harden A, Trouton A, Powell C (2010) Are incentive schemes effective in changing young people’s behaviour? A systematic review. Health Education Journal published online 1 September 2010 http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0017896910375878
Harden A, Thomas J (2010) Mixed methods and systematic reviews: examples and emerging issues. In A Tashakkori, C Teddlie (Eds) Mixed Methods Handbook (Second Edition). New York: Sage Publications.
Harden A, Brunton G, Fletcher A, Oakley A (2009) Teenage pregnancy and social disadvantage: a systematic review integrating trials and qualitative studies. British Medical Journal 339:b4254v http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/bmj.b4254
Kavanagh J, Oliver S, Lorenc T, Caird J, Tucker H, Greaves A, Oliver K, Harden A et al. (2009) School-based cognitive behavioural interventions: a systematic review of effects and inequalities. Health Sociology Review 18:61-78.
Location: IHHD, UH250, Stratford Campus
Telephone:+44 (0) 208 223 2167
University of East London