Dr Deborah Ritchie is a senior lecturer in health promotion and mental health in the School of Health in Social Science at the University of Edinburgh. She started her career as a mental health nurse in 1973 and worked in disadvantaged communities for many years before developing a career in public health.
She became a public health academic in 1999. Her published research focuses on inequalities in health, tobacco control in the community and smoke free homes.
She was involved in the Scottish Smoke free evaluation of the impact upon communities and smoke free homes. She was also a joint investigator of the English Smoke Free evaluation of the impact of the smoke-free legislation on 6 communities in the North and South of England.
She is a member of the Scottish Government's expert group 'The Research and Evaluation Sub-Group of the Ministerial Working Group on Tobacco Control' and is a fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health. She is an honorary nurse consultant at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital.
As a member of the University of Edinburgh Tobacco Control Research Group (with Professor Amanda Amos and Dr Jeff Collin) funding of 4 million pounds has been secured for the UKCRC Public Health Research Centre for Excellence in tobacco control. The partnership is led by the University of Nottingham and this partnership also involves the Universities of Bath, UCL, Birmingham and Stirling.
Deborah has completed a PhD by publications 'Creating Smoke-free Environments:public and private places' and will graduate in 2012.
- Tobacco Control
- Medically at risk children and second-hand smoke
- smoking in the homes
- mental health and reflective practice
She is a qualitative researcher. She has particular expertise in process evaluation, longitudinal qualitative research and narrative analysis.
Current Research Grants
- Big lottery REFRESH project in partnership ASH Scotland and University of Aberdeen-PI for University of Edinburgh Jan 2010- 2013 £500,000
- As a member of the University of Edinburgh Tobacco Control Research Group (with Professor Amanda Amos as lead and Dr Jeff Collin and Deborah Ritchie as collaborators) funding of 4 million pounds is secured for the UKCRC Public Health Research Centre for Excellence in tobacco control. The partnership is led by the University of Nottingham and this partnership also involves the Universities of Bath, UCL, Birmingham and Stirling. January 2008-2013
Knowledge Exchange Projects
- Joint principle Investigator (UK Public Health Consortium) of £355,198- 'Impact of smokefree legislation in England on individuals and communities: qualitative longitudinal study' with Professor Platt, Professor Amos and Dr Claudia Martin, Professor Christine Godfrey, Department of Health Sciences, University of York, Professor Martin White, Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University February 2007-March 2009
- Joint principle Investigator Additional funding of £25,000 NHS Health Scotland with Professor Amanda Amos and Professor Sarah Cunningham-Burley University of Edinburgh, Dr Claudia Martin (SCOTCEN) and Professor Lorraine Greaves BC Centre of Excellence on Women's Health, Canada. A Gender-Based Analysis of the Impact of the Smoke-Free Legislation and Smoking in the Home in Scotland- a further wave of data analysis. March 2008-March 2009
- Joint principle Investigator of £120,000 NHS Health Scotland with Dr Amanda Amos and Dr Claudia Martin 'Qualitative Study of Changes in Smoking (and Drinking) Behaviour following Implementation of the Prohibition of Smoking in Enclosed Public Places' May 2005- Feburary 2008 (National CLEAN collaboration)
- Joint principle Investigator of £120,000 NHS Health Scotland with Professor Amanda Amos and Professor Sarah Cunningham- Burley 'Qualitative Study Smoking in Homes' February 2006-February 2008 (National CLEAN collaboration)
- Grantholder of £86,000 PATH Funding 2003-2005 'Investigation into a Narrative Based Therapeutic Intervention for Smoking Cessation' 2003-2006 in partnership with NHS Argyll and Clyde
- Joint principle Investigator of £15,000 Centre for Intergrated Healthcare Research with Dr Guro Huby and Dr Rhona Hogg 'Evaluation of Hall 4 (Health Visitors)' October 2005- September 2006
- Joint Grant holder of £380,000 Department of Health Funding with Professor Platt and Dr Odette Parry: University of Edinburgh. 1998-2002 'Assessing the Effectiveness of a Community-Based Anti Smoking Intervention in a Low Income Area'.
- £10,000 NHS Fife: proposal young people and alcohol April 2009- October 2009
- £3,000: National evaluation of the National Evaluation of the Prohibition of Smoking in Enclosed Public Places for the University of Cardiff and NEWI with Professors Odette Parry Social Inclusion Research Unit at NEWI and Professor Laurence Moore. Director, Cardiff Institute of Society, Health and Ethics Cardiff. 2007
- £1300: North Wales University ( NEWI) for ESRC grant proposal for smoking and young people July 2006 with Professor Odette Parry (NEWI0
- £500: NHS Lothian Health Promotion Inequalities in Health-Health Improvement Evaluation 2005
Publications list for Deborah Ritchie
Projects supervised by Deborah Ritchie
- Health promotion-MSc
- Nursing Two-mental health
- Honours option Health Promotion Practice
This article was published on Dec 8, 2010