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Dr Shuby Puthussery

Senior Lecturer in Public Health

Shuby Puthussery

Dr Shuby Puthussery joined the University in October 2012 as a Senior Lecturer in Public Health, having previously held academic roles at the University of Greenwich, City University London, University of Bielefeld Germany, and Rajagiri College of Social Sciences India.

Shuby's role involves lead responsibilities within the School and the Faculty in positively impacting student experience, driving up teaching and assessment quality, representing the University in external networks, and engaging in high quality research and enterprise activities.

Shuby currently leads and lectures on the Health Care Commissioning and Dissertation modules for the MSc Public Health and MSc Diabetics programs delivered in our Luton and Myanmar campuses. Besides, she supervises research projects of MSc and PhD students and acts as an external examiner for PhD students at other universities.

Shuby’s research interests focus on family health outcomes and experiences across the life course in a number of areas including maternal, infant and reproductive health; parenting in early years; couple relationship; and nutrition in infancy and childhood.

She has methodological expertise in developing and conducting systematic reviews, mixed method longitudinal studies, qualitative primary studies, and evaluations of services and interventions.

Her research was included in the University's submission for the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014. Shuby is particularly interested in developing and conducting cross national research projects in Europe and South Asia.

Shuby is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and currently serves as an Academic Editor for Plos One and the Journal of Population, Health and Nutrition. She is also a regular reviewer for various national and international journals including BMJ Open, Plos One, BMC Pregnancy and Child Birth, BMC Public Health, and Social Science and Medicine.

She has reviewed grant applications for major UK funding bodies including the Medical Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council, Department for International Development, and the National Institute for Health Research.

Qualifications

  • DrPH - University of Bielefeld, Germany
  • MSc - University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • MSW - Rajagiri College of Social Sciences, Kerala, India
  • PgCAP - University of Bedfordshire, UK

Country Experience

  • UK, Germany, India, Nepal, Sweden

Teaching Role

  • Lead and lecturer on Health Care Commissioning unit for MSc Public Health (Luton and Myanmar campuses)
  • Dissertation unit lead for MSc Public Health and MSc Diabetics
  • Clinical tutor observer for postgraduate programs in Medical and Dental Education
  • MSc Dissertation supervisor
  • PhD supervisor and examiner. Currently Director of Studies for five students 

External Examining

  • Liverpool John Moores University (PhD, 2017)
  • University of East London (PhD, 2016)
  • University of Essex (PhD, 2012-2013)

Research Interests

  • Maternal, infant and reproductive health
  • Parenting in early years
  • International public health (with particular reference to Europe and South Asia)
  • Social and ethnic disparities in health experiences and outcomes
  • Nutrition in infancy and childhood
  • Couple relationship
  • Development and evaluation of e-learning resources

Publications

  • Orpin J, Papadopoulos C, Puthussery S* (Forthcoming, 2017) Prevalence of domestic violence among pregnant women in Nigeria: a systematic review  Trauma, Violence, & Abuse   (Accepted with revisions)
  • Huang MZ, Kao CH, Lin KC, Hwang JL, Puthussery S, Gau ML (Forthcoming, 2017) Psychological health of women conceived using Assisted Reproductive Technology in Taiwan:Findings from a longitudinal study BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth (under review)
  • Puthussery S (2016) Perinatal outcomes among migrant mothers in the United Kingdom: is it a matter of biology, behaviour, policy, social determinants or access to health care? Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology  32; 39-49 (Invited Review) [Abstract]
  • Corney R, Puthussery S*, Swinglehurst J (2016) Couple relationship in families with dependent children after a diagnosis of maternal breast cancer in the United Kingdom.Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 34 (5) 413-431 [Abstract]
  • Tseng Pc, Puthussery S* and Pappas Y (2016) Acceptability and effectiveness of multi-media delivery of an exercise programme among postpartum women with lumbo pelvic pain in Taiwan: A Pragmatic Randomised Controlled Trial. ISRCTN registry Trial ID ISRCTN51146251 [Open Access]  
  • Puthussery S,  Libonda L, Mistry S, Norgate C (2016) Parental factors and the risk of childhood overweight and obesity in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review. [Open Access]
  • Mavalankar D, Puthussery S, Menon K, Rana R, Bhandol J, Mistry S, Ravalia A, Tseng P  (2016) Effectiveness of nutrition interventions in low and middle income countries: An evidence summary. Commissioned Review Protocol. London: EPPI-Centre, Social Science Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education, University College London [Open Access]
  • Tseng Pc, Puthussery S*, Pappas Y, Gau ML (2015) A systematic review of Randomised Controlled Trials on the effectiveness of exercise programs on Lumbo Pelvic Pain among postnatal women. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 15:316 DOI: 10.1186/s12884-015-0736-4 [Open Access]
  • Mistry SK, Puthussery S* (2015) Risk factors of overweight and obesity in childhood and adolescence in South Asian countries: a systematic review of the evidence. Public Health 129 200-209 [Abstract]
  • Corney R, Puthussery S*, Swinglehurst J (2014) Stressors and vulnerabilities of young single childless women with breast cancer: a qualitative study. European Journal of Oncology Nursing 18(1) 17-22 [Abstract]
  • Puthussery S, Regmi K, Randhawa G (2013) Health Care Commissioning: The UK Health Policy Reforms. Primary Health Care S5: e001. doi:10.4172/2167-1079.S5-001 [Open Access]
  • Twamley K, Puthussery S, Harding S, Baron M, Macfarlane A (2011) UK born ethnic minority women and their experiences of feeding their newborn baby. Midwifery 27(5):595-602 [Abstract]
  • Puthussery S, Twamley K, Macfarlane A, Harding S, Baron M (2010) 'You need that loving tender care' : maternity care experiences and expectations of ethnic minority women born in the United Kingdom. Journal of Health Services Research and Policy 15 (3):156-162 [Abstract]
  • Edwards R, Caballero C, Puthussery S (2010). Parenting children from 'mixed' racial, ethnic and faith backgrounds: typifications of difference and belonging. Ethnic and Racial Studies 33(6): 949-967 [Abstract]
  • Puthussery S, Twamley K, Mirsky J, Macfarlane A, Harding S, Baron M (2009) Born in the UK: Maternity and postnatal care needs of UK-born ethnic minority women. Diversity in Health and Social Care 6 (1): 305 - 306
  • Twamley K, Puthussery S, Macfarlane A, Harding S, Ahmed S, Mirsky J (2009) Recruiting UK-born ethnic minority women for health research – Lessons learned. Research Policy and Planning 27: 25 - 38 [Abstract]
  • Puthussery S, Twamley K, Harding S, Mirsky J, Baron M, Macfarlane A (2008) 'They're more like ordinary stroppy British women': Attitudes and expectations of maternity care professionals to UK-born ethnic minority women. Journal of Health Service Research and Policy13 (4):195–201 [Abstract]
  • Puthussery S, Caballero C and Edwards R (2008) Negotiating difference and belonging in families from mixed racial, ethnic and faith backgrounds in Britain: Implications for mental health. European Journal of Public Health 18 (Suppl. 1): 209
  • Cabellero C, Edwards R and Puthussery S (2008) Parenting 'mixed' children: negotiating difference and belonging in mixed race, ethnicity and faith families. York: York Publishing Services/Joseph Rowntree Foundation [Open Access]
  • Puthussery S, Twamley K, Macfarlane A. et al (2007) Born in the UK: Investigating maternity and postnatal care needs amongst UK born ethnic minorities. City University, London
  • Puthussery S, Twamley K, Macfarlane A, Harding S (2006) Maternity care experiences of ethnic minority women born in the United Kingdom: Perceptions of mothers and health care providers. European Journal of Public Health 16 (Suppl.1):176
  • Kolencherry S (2004): Meeting the sexual and reproductive health needs of young people: Examining the fit between needs and current programming responses in India. Doctor of Public Health Dissertation to School of Public Health, University of Bielefeld, Germany [Open Access]

Conference Presentations (Selected)

  • Puthussery S, Shaw N, Tseng Pc, Mathews M, Puthussery T (2016)  A retrospective  analysis of preterm births in an ethnically diverse maternal population and its linkages to area level deprivation and migrant status.  EUPHA’s  6th European Conference on Migrant and Ethnic Minority Health, June 2016, Oslo, Norway
  • Puthussery S, Miah J (2016) Student perspectives on co-creation of learning resources and its benefits on learner development. The Higher Education Academy,  Annual Health and Social Care Conference, February 2016, Glasgow, UK [Open Access]
  • Puthussery S, Twamley K, Harding S, Macfarlane A (2015)  An exploration of family influences on perceptions of maternal competence among UK-born South Asian mothers in Britain. 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association (ESA), August 2015, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Puthussery S, Billington  M, Girach M (2014) Closing the ethnic gap in birth outcomes in the UK: A critical synthesis of opportunities and challenges for commissioning maternity services in the new National Health Service EUPHA's 5th Conference on Migrant and Ethnic Minority Health in Europe, April 2014, Granada, Spain
  • Puthussery S (2014) Narrowing the ethnic gap in birth outcomes: Commissioning equitable maternity services in the reformed NHS. Comment. Westminster Health Forum Keynote  Seminar: The next steps for maternity care commissioning, workforce and achieving value for money, 3 December 2013, London UK [Open Access]
  • Puthussery S and Billington M (2012). Socio economic status, access to care and birth outcomes among Black and minority ethnic women in the UK and US. EUPHA’s 4th Conference on Migrant and Ethnic Minority Health in Europe, June 2012, Milan, Italy
  • Puthussery S, Edwards R and Caballero C (2009) The notion of "culture clash": Difference and belonging in families of mixed racial, ethnic and faith backgrounds in Britain. 9th Conference of the European Sociological Association (ESA), September 2009, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Puthussery S, Edwards R and Caballero C (2008) Negotiating difference: Relationships and parenting experiences of mixed couples in Britain. 4th Congress of the European Society on Family Relations (ESFR), September 2008, Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Puthussery S, Caballero C and Edwards R (2008) Negotiating difference and belonging in families from mixed racial, ethnic and faith backgrounds in Britain: Implications for mental health. 16th European Public Health Association (EUPHA) Annual Conference, November 2008, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Puthussery S, Twamley K, Macfarlane A, Harding S (2006) Maternity care experiences of ethnic minority women born in the United Kingdom: Perceptions of mothers and health care providers. 14th European Public Health Association (EUPHA) Annual Conference, November 2006, Montreux, Switzerland 
  • Puthussery S, Twamley K, Macfarlane A, Harding S, Baron M (2006) 'It is not as simple as that ...' Socio-cultural influences on the maternity care experiences of UK-born ethnic minority women. British Sociological Association (BSA), Medical Sociology Group, 38th Annual Conference, September 2006, Edinburgh, UK
  • Twamley K, Puthussery S, Macfarlane A, Harding S, Ahmed S, Baron M (2006) Emerging issues for the maternity care of second generation ethnic minority women in England.  7th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference. Transforming Healthcare through Research, Education and Technology, November 2006, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Shuby Puthussery, Klaus Hurrelmann (2005) Sexuality in the contemporary Indian Society. International Conference on Sexual Health and Gender, August 2005, Vienna, Austria

Recent Grants

  • UK Department for International Development (2016 - 2017) The SARH Systematic Review Program for South Asia Evidence Summaries. Co-lead with Public Health Foundation India & BRAC Bangladesh
  • Luton Borough Council – Flying Start Program  (2015 -2018). Father's involvement in pregnancy and early years and its impact on key areas of child development in disadvantaged families. PhD Studentship Bursary. Principal Applicant/ Director of Studies
  • University of Bedfordshire Innovation Grant (2014 - 2016) Development and evaluation of student co-created reusable e-learning objects in Public Health. Principal Applicant
  • British Council Researcher Links Travel Grant (2013) with the University of Sao Paulo Brazil and University of Nottingham UK
  • Greenwich Research and Enterprise Investment Programme (2011 - 12) Factors contributing to poor birth outcomes among Black and Minority Ethnic women in the UK - A Systematic review and a pilot study. Principal Investigator

Contact Details

University of Bedfordshire
Putteridge Bury campus
Hitchin Road
Luton, LU2 8LE

T: +44 (0)1582 743 313
E: shuby.puthussery@beds.ac.uk

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