Staff Profile


Dr Sally Robinson

Reader in Health Promotion & Public Health

School: School of Allied and Public Health Professions

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 922309

Profile summary

I joined the university in 1990, becoming a principal lecturer and leading the Public Health team from 2003 to 2018. I have developed, led and taught a wide range of courses for undergraduates, public health and health care professionals and post-graduates. I have acted as external examiner to Bath Spa University, Reading University and Kings College London. I am an experienced supervisor of post-graduate masters dissertations and PhDs.

I became a Reader in Health Promotion & Public Health in 2018, which allows me more time for research and enterprise. I have completed research for Kent and for the European Commission. My main research interests concern the promotion of children's health and wellbeing. I am working with colleagues to produce a series of public health textbooks. 

My background was in nutrition and nursing, before completing a MA(Ed) in Personal, Social and Health Education. I studied children’s perceptions of eating and body image for my PhD. I completed a Certificate in Counselling Studies and a post graduate professional qualification in Play Therapy. Most recently, I worked with colleagues to research the needs of teachers who work with children with life limiting illnesses, from which we wrote the book Educating Children with Life-Limiting Conditions.

The Public Health team, led by Gail Sheppard, provides the following education: MSc Public Health, BSc Health Studies/Health Promotion/Public Health, Community Public Health Nursing (HV and SN), short courses and One Day Public Health days.

Research and knowledge exchange

Current writing

My colleagues and I are writing a series of edited books on public health for students and practitioners.

PhD supervision

L. Sah. Exploring determinants of mental health and wellbeing among pregnant women in Nepal.

E. Lewis. Degree attainment, progression and experiences of black and ethnic minority students.

G. Sheppard. Time spent sitting during working hours. An exploration of the social construction and maintenance of occupational workplace sitting.

G. Wells. Older Women as occupational beings: exploring the meanings of occupations within the home environment  (completed)

Gill Rapley  What can observing Infants of around six months tell us about their experience of moving to solid foods. (completed)

Teaching and subject expertise

Curriculum development and leadership of programmes:

BSc Health Science

BSc Health Studies/Health Promotion/Public Health

Foundation Degree Health Promotion & Public Health

University Certificate Public Health Practice

Undergraduate module development and teaching:

Health Education and Children, Public Health Nutrition, Health Promotion, Social Context of Health, Holistic Health Promotion (arts & health); Psychosocial Aspects of Women's Health; Practice Skills: Health Promotion (Occupational Therapy); Health Promotion for nurses; Nutritional Health for nurses; Health Promotion & Public Health: International Perspectives. 

Postgraduate module development and teaching:

Social Context of Health Promotion & Public Health, Promoting Health and Wellbeing

Supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations, and PhDs.

External activities

NIHR reviewer/referee

Expert evaluator - Directorate General for Research & Innovation (Health), European Commission, 2012

Recent conference presentations

Support for teachers who teach chkldren with life limiting illness in mainstream schools. Paper presented to Specialist Public Health Community Nursing Annual Conference, CCCU January 30th 2017.

Why well-being? Why you? Why now? Well-being and Resilience in Education. Faculty of Education, CCCU, Discovery Park, Sandwich. 14th June 2016

Teaching for Life. Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health/Royal College of Nursing Annual Conference. Presentation given with Kathryn Summers. ICC, Birmingham, April 28th 2015.

Supporting children with life limiting or threatening conditions in mainstream education. Primary Care and Public Health. Presentation given with Kathryn Summers. NEC Birmingham, May 21st 2014.

An evaluation of the educational support for teachers who teach children with life limiting illness in mainstream schools. Royal College of Nursing Joint Children and Young People conference and exhibition. Making the Principles of Nursing Practice work for Children and Young People. Presentation given with Kathryn Summers, Leeds, October 13th 2012.

An evaluation of the educational support for teachers who teach children with life limiting illness in mainstream schools British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, University of Manchester, September 6th 2012.

Publications and research outputs

Most recent publications

Robinson, S. and Brownett, T. (2018) Educating public health champions, Health Education Journal Doi:10.1177/0017896918786016.

Robinson, S. (2017) 'Children's health and wellbeing'. In: Powell, S. and Smith, K. (eds) An Introduction to Early Childhood Studies. 4th edn. sage p.175-185

Robinson, S. Ekins, A., Durrant, I. and Summers, K. Teachers communicating about life-limiting conditions, death and bereavement, Pastoral Care in Education: An International Journal of Personal, Social and Emotional Development, 36(1), 57-69

Robinson, S. (2017) 'Children's health and wellbeing'. In: Powell, S. and Smith, K. (eds) An Introduction to Early Childhood Studies. 4th edn. London: Sage

Ekins, A., Robinson, S., Durrant, I. and Summers, K. (2017)  Educating Children with Life-Limiting Conditions. Routledge  ISBN 9781 138 678095

Robinson, S. and Robinson, C. (2017) Risk and teenage parenthood: an early sexual health intervention, Health Education, 117(4) pp.1-18

Durrant, I., Robinson, S., Ekins, A., Summers, K. and Jones, H. (2014) Teaching for Life. Canterbury: Canterbury Christ Church University ISBN 978-1-909067-48-6

Robinson, S. and Howatson-Jones, L. (2014) Children's views of older people. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 28 (3), p.293-312.  Received an award from the Association of Childhood Education International.  ISSN 02568543 (print) ISSN 21502641 (online)


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