Dr. Alison Doherty

Dr. Alison Doherty

Research Associate (Evidence-Synthesis)

School of Sport and Health Sciences

Brook Building, BB406

+44 (0) 1772 89 3771


Subject Areas: Allied Health, Sociology, Health, Public Health, Nursing and Midwifery, Social Care

Alison Doherty is a Research Associate in the Faculty of Health & Wellbeing.

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).

Her research interests include 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 Implementation Science Team, School of Sport and Health Sciences, Faculty of Health & Wellbeing where she is engaged as a Research Associate (Evidence Synthesis).

Previously, she was based within the Faculty of Health & 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 & 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.


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. DOI: 10.1111/jar.12596

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.

Doherty, A.J., Jones, S.P., Chauhan, U., and Gibson, J.M.E., (2017) An integrative review of multicomponent weight management interventions for adults with intellectual difficulties. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. pp. 1-13. ISSN 1360-2322

More Publications


Early Careers Researchers (ECR) Forum

Research Activities

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

Departmental Activity

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


  • Systematic reviews