Lucy O'Malley

Lucy O'Malley, Ph.D FHEA


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PhD projects

I'm happy to supervise students interested in applied health research projects concerning oral health. I am particularly interested in projects which may incorporate evidence synthesis, qualitative and mixed methods.

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Personal profile


Lucy is a Senior Lecturer in Health Services Research based in the Division of Dentistry within the School of Medical Sciences. She is currently Pathway Lead for the Evidence-Based Health Care specialisation for the Masters in Public Health and she is course unit lead for Evidence Synthesis: Systematic Reviews (POPH68001) and Guideline Development and Implementation (POPH68012). Lucy is involved in undergraduate teaching within the Division of Dentistry as well as supervision and examination of dissertations for postgraduate clinical programmes. 

Lucy is Senior Postgraduate Research Tutor for the Division of Dentistry and welcomes enquiries from those interested in research programmes (MPhil, PhD) in all areas of Dentistry. 

Lucy is co-Lead for Patient and Public Involvement/ Engagement (PPI/E) and welcomes enquiries from members of the public who are interested in getting involved with research in any area of Dentistry. 


Lucy completed her first degree in Social Policy and Sociology at the University of Sheffield in 2006, her Masters in Applied Social Research at the University of Manchester and her PhD in Health Psychology supervised by Pauline Adair, Margaret Coffey and Cynthia Pine at the University of Salford. She was appointed as a Research Associate (Systematic Reviewer) in the School of Dentistry in 2012 and as Lecturer in Health Services Research in 2014 and Senior Lecturer in 2021. 

Research interests

Lucy is an applied health researcher with a wide range of skills and research experience (research design, clinical trials, evidence synthesis, qualitative inquiry, survey research). Lucy has a social science background and is driven by a strong belief in health care equity. Lucy has been working within the field of oral health as a multidisciplinary researcher for more than ten years and has a substantial degree of knowledge of oral health generally and of dental health services both in the UK and internationally. Much of Lucy's research has been concerned with the prevention and management of childhood dental caries, but she has also covered a range of oral health issues including oral cancer screening, the prevention of craniofacial injuries, defining and measuring quality in primary care dental services, workforce planning and role-substitution in primary care and clinical leadership among general dental practitioners in an international context. Lucy is particularly interested in working on projects around oral health behaviours, evidence synthesis and the development and implementation evidence based interventions. Lucy is an Editor (methods) with Cochrane Oral Health. 

My collaborations

Helen Worthington

Anne-Marie Glenny

Tanya Walsh

Phil Riley

Richard Macey

Martin Tickle

Paul Brocklehurst

Yin-Ling Lin

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

British Sociological Association

British Psychological Society, Division of Health Psychology

European Association of Dental Public Health

Methodological knowledge

  • Systematic reviewing
  • Quantitative research design and analysis
  • Qualitative methods (using focus groups and interviewing) and analysis (thematic, framework and content)




PhD Health Psychology (University of Salford)

MA Applied Social Research (University of Manchester)

BA (Hons) Social Policy and Sociology (University of Sheffield)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Areas of expertise

  • BF Psychology
  • HM Sociology
  • H Social Sciences (General)

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Policy@Manchester
  • Digital Futures
  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing


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