Dr. Alison Doherty

Dr. Alison Doherty

NIHR ARC NWC MIDAS Theme Manager and Research Fellow

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing

Brook Building, BB406

+44 (0) 1772 89 3771


Subject Areas: Allied Health, Nursing and Midwifery, Public Health

Alison Doherty is the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration North West Coast (ARC NWC) Methodological Innovation, Development, Adaptation & Support (MIDAS) Theme Manager and Research Fellow in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, UCLan.

Alison obtained her PhD in 2018 from the School of Nursing, University of Central Lancashire with funding from the National Institute for Health Research, Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Care Research, North West Coast (NIHR CLAHRC NWC).  Nationally, from 1.10.19, the CLAHRCs were succeeded by ARCs – Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs).

Alison’s research interests include evidence-synthesis, qualitative research, health implementation science, health inequalities, obesity, weight management and working with vulnerable communities.

Other qualifications include MBA (Distinction); MA; and BA(Hons) (First Class).

Full Profile

Alison Doherty is based within the Health Technology Assessment Group, Faculty of Health & Wellbeing where she is engaged as the NIHR ARC NWC MIDAS Theme Manager and Research Fellow.

Previously, she was based within the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing’s Research Support Team (Academic) on a range of health-related projects with senior researchers and research groups.  She has experience in co-producing health and wellbeing research involving patients and public interest groups including vulnerable communities.

She has over 20 years’ experience of working in the public sector on various local authority and partnership programmes and projects in the fields of public health, health promotion, health inequalities, crime prevention, community safety and cohesion. 


Ph.D. `The Tailoring and Implementation of Evidence-Based Multi-Component Weight Management Interventions for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities who are Obese: A Whole Systems Approach.’ University of Central Lancashire, 2018.
MBA (Distinction), University of Chester, 2005.
MA Sociology & Social Studies (Women’s Studies), University of Liverpool, 1994.
BA(Hons), (First Class), Health Studies, Liverpool John Moores University, 1991.


NW Coast Research & Innovation Awards, Finalist 2017.
3 Minute Thesis (3MT) University of Central Lancashire, Finalist, 2017.
NIHR Doctoral Training Camp, Winning Team, 2015.
Police Commendation for contributions to community safety, 1999.


Athena Swan: Member of Faculty of Health and Wellbeing’s Athena Swan (gender equality) Steering group.
Member of Faculty Early Career Researchers’ Forum.


Doherty, A.J., Jones, S.P., Chauhan, U., and Gibson, J.M.E., (2019) Health care practitioners’ views and experiences of barriers and facilitators to weight management interventions for adults with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities.  32 (5). pp. 1067-1077. ISSN 1360-2322

Doherty, A., Jones, S., Chauhan, U., & Gibson, J. (2018). Eating well, living well and weight management: A co-produced semi-qualitative study of barriers and facilitators experienced by adults with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities. https://doi.org/10.1177/1744629518773938

Doherty, A.J., Jones, S.P., Chauhan, U., and Gibson, J.M.E., (2018) An integrative review of multicomponent weight management interventions for adults with intellectual difficulties. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. 31 (S1). pp. 39-51

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SAPC – Society for Academic Primary Care

Research Activities

  • Systematic reviews, evidence synthesis
  • Development and delivery of research projects, proposals and bids for funding
  • Conducting co-produced qualitative health and wellbeing research

Research Groups

  • Early Careers Researchers (ECR) Forum


  • Systematic reviews