Dr. Alison Doherty

Research Associate

School of Nursing

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 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 Research Support Team, Faculty of Health & Wellbeing.  She works on health-related projects and reviews with a range of senior researchers and research groups.  She is interested in co-produced and qualitative health and wellbeing related research involving patients and public interest groups.

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.  For example, she led on the development and implementation of a successful partnership programme of `alleygating’ incorporating the installation of over 6,000 metal gates to the rear of terraced properties which benefited thousands of households and which resulted in reductions in domestic burglary rates, improvements in feelings of safety, cost savings and other environmental benefits for residents.   She also managed alcohol, drugs and substance misuse programmes and initiatives to tackle serious violence including domestic violence, sexual violence, knife crime and hate crime reduction initiatives.

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


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


Research groups: Research Support Team


  • Preparation of bids for research funding.
  • Evaluating the impact of primary mental health workers on access to and satisfaction with children’s mental health services in a GP setting.
  • Assisting editors with a Stroke Book publication.


  • Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC) Conference, University of Warwick (2017).  Elevator pitch presenter.