Mrs Susan Patterson
- Research Assistant (MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit)
Susan Patterson (née Martin) is a Research Assistant in the Social Relationships and Health Improvement Programme, at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit. Working under the Peers and Communities research theme, Susan is currently working on the process evaluation of ‘Bridge-it’, a randomised controlled trial to determine the effectiveness of bridging from emergency to regular contraception. Susan recently interned on an NIHR-funded trial of peer-led intervention with secondary school pupils to improve sexual health (STASH).
Susan completed her PhD in June 2017, entitled “Young people’s sexual health literacy: seeking, understanding, and evaluating online sexual health information”, supervised by Dr Lisa McDaid, Dr Shona Hilton and Professor Paul Flowers. Her PhD used qualitative methods to explore how young people from a range of backgrounds described and experienced seeking, understanding, evaluating and using online sexual health information and the individual, environmental and social factors relevant to this.
Prior to this, Susan graduated with a MA(Hons) in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Glasgow in 2008 and then went on to complete an MRes in Sociology and Research Methods, also at the University of Glasgow, graduating with distinction. Joining the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in 2011, Susan worked as a Research Assistant within the Evaluating the Effects of Health Interventions team and then joined the Sexual Health Programme in September 2012, working on a project exploring UK newsprint media reporting of sexual health and blood borne viruses (BBV). She also worked as a fieldworker on GoEast, Football Fans in Training (FFIT) and the Gay Men’s Sexual Health Survey.
Research interests: e-health, social media, health literacy, sexual health literacy, young people, sexual health, digital health, sexual health education, health inequalities
Expertise: qualitative methods, media analysis, framework analysis, process evaluation