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Clinical Lecturer in Public Health, University of Manchester

Heather Catt is a senior public health registrar and a clinical lecturer in public health with the University of Manchester. Her research interests are primarily the evaluation of public health interventions with a particular focus on upstream social and economic policy interventions. She is interested in the use of methods that allow for complexity and figure out why things work (or not) and for whom, such as realist evaluation methods, and those that allow for the economic assessment of interventions beyond the narrow scope of health economic evaluation, such as social return on investment.

Real time evaluation to support improvements in the ongoing delivery of interventions and inclusive research through consensus methods with participants and stakeholders are further areas of interest. She is experienced in the use of evidence synthesis methods such as scoping, rapid and systematic reviews.


  • 2018–present
    Clinical lecturer, University of Manchester
  • 2012–present
    Public health registrar, Health Education England


  • 2018 
    University of Liverpool, PhD biostatistics
  • 2015 
    University of Liverpool, Master of Public Health
  • 2003 
    University of Liverpool, BA (hons) Economics first class


  • 2020
    Making the urban environment around schools healthier, developing an initial programme theory: an early realist process evaluation of the London superzones pilot, medRxiv preprint server
  • 2019
    Systematic review: outcomes and adverse events from randomised trials in Crohn's disease, Alimentary pharmacology & therapeutics
  • 2019
    Value assessment and quantitative benefit-risk modelling of biosimilar infliximab in Crohn's disease, PharmacoEconomics

Grants and Contracts

  • 2020
    UKPRP Consortia: Poverty reduction's influence on risk factors for non-communicable disease: a systems approach (PRIOR)
    Funding Source:
    Medical Research Council
  • 2019
    Realist evaluation of placed-based approaches to reducing health inequalities
    Primary investigator
    Funding Source:
    Public Health England

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Faculty of Public Health (MFPH)