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Dr Kimberly Lazo

ARC NWC Research Associate

Kimberly is a Research Associate in the National Institute of Health Research Applied Research Collaboration North West Coast (NIHR ARC NWC). She obtained her PhD in 2020 and her research interests include applied health, implementation science, knowledge translation, public policy, and health governance. She currently leads and supports various pieces of work in implementation research across the ARC NWC themes and member organisations.

Kimberly currently works with the Implementation and Capacity Building Team (IMPaCT), where she supports on-going research collaborations across the ARC NWC themes and member organisations. Her role contributes to existing and future research/evaluation projects within the programme of implementation research prioritised by ARC NWC, including the preparing documentation for ethics application; undertaking systematic literature reviews; collecting and analysing data (e.g. survey questionnaires, interviews); writing detailed reports and/or papers for peer-review publication; and preparing research proposals/grant applications for external funding. Kimberly works directly with the Person-Centred Complex Care (PCCC) theme, where she supports a COVID-19 piece of work in Remote Consultations in Primary Care. She also leads a systematic review in Mouth Care Matters in the Community, looking at the effectiveness of oral care interventions for older people in care home settings and the impact of implementation strategies in maintaining or improving oral health care outcomes.

Kimberly joined the university on 2019 as an Associate Lecturer in Economics at the School of Business and Enterprise. She then moved to the ARC NWC Implementation and Capacity Building Team (IMPaCT) on 2020 after obtaining her PhD from Manchester Metropolitan University Business School. Prior to that, she worked as a policy intern in 2014 for Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) and an Associate Lecturer in Economics at Manchester Metropolitan University from 2016 to 2019. Kimberly has research experience in both quantitative and qualitative research, including econometric analysis using STATA and SPSS, conducting interviews, and coding using NVIVO. During her PhD, she conducted semi-structured interviews on 38 high-profiled participants from the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care (GMHSC) Partnership. She used the Ostrom's Institutional Analysis and Development (IAD) Framework to examine how institutions (or rules of the game) emerge as a response or mechanism to collective action dilemmas in the context of Health Devolution in Greater Manchester (GM). NHS ethics/HRA Approval was applied as part of the study. Kimberly also developed quantitative research skills in econometrics during her BSc and MSc. This included handling large data sets and analysing them using appropriate techniques, such as correlation, comparing groups, regression analysis, etc. She wrote various papers in public policy, public health, frailty, and education as part of her qualifications. When she was an intern for GMCC, she worked on a variety of large-scale projects relevant to the needs of businesses in GM, like Devolution in Greater Manchester, Business Rates, Quarterly Economic Survey, and Gender pay gap. As an Associate Lecturer, Kimberly taught a variety of modules in Business and Quantitative Economics. She has experience in delivering lectures and seminars, which included computer lab sessions in quantitative analysis using Microsoft Excel and SPSS. She also contributed to the development of Module Information Pack and assessment contents, assessed student progress through written and oral feedback on formative and summative assessments (i.e. written exams and/or presentations), used VLE technology for teaching (i.e. VLS/Relay, Mentimeter, Nearpod, etc.), and developed Blackboard materials. Kimberly holds a professional recognition from the Higher Education Academy as a Fellow and a PGCE in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.