Susan is a Research Assistant in the Centre for Health Promotion Research at Leeds Beckett University and works on a wide variety of health related projects. Current projects include an evaluation of an OT programme for homeless people; an evaluation of an arts centre for people with mental health problems; an evaluation of a nutrition project for older people; and a project on the self-management of diabetes with the RNIB. Susan has a great deal of experience working with vulnerable groups of people, for example, people with mental health problems, adults with learning disabilities, young children and older adults in general.
Susan is also part of the CommUNIty team. CommUNIty supports the development of sustainable community partnerships between third sector organisations and Leeds Beckett University, with an emphasis on activity which promotes improvements to community health and wellbeing. It works by promoting knowledge exchange between communities, community organisations and academics, fostering collaborative research and enterprise and opening up opportunities for participation in higher education. The overarching goal of community is to find new, more effective ways to improve health and reduce health inequalities in communities.