Dr Sara A Morgan (née Afshar) is an Associate Professor in Public Health based within the School of Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton.
Her work is guided by a desire to understand ways to improve the causes and consequences of health inequalities during childhood and early adulthood. To this end, she undertakes both qualitative and quantitative research across the UK and internationally, in order to address health inequalities and tackle the wider determinants of offending amongst those affected by violence and crime. To date she has earned over £3 million in research grants from a variety of different sources, including the National Institute for Health Research, the Economic and Social Research Council, Public Health England and Home Office.
She teaches undergraduates and postgraduates within the Faculty of Medicine, including on the Masters in Public Health and in Medicine (BM5/BM4 undergraduates). Her teaching expertise is in qualitative methodology, mixed methods, global health, evaluations of complex interventions and in violence prevention. She is also a PhD and DM supervisor and a PAT tutor for the Faculty.
Sara trained in biomedical sciences, followed by global health and development at UCL. This led to work as a programme manager for a donor-funded programme at the National Cancer Institute in Sri Lanka and as a health advisor for an international charity. She completed her doctoral studies in epidemiology and international public health at the University of Southampton, undertaking qualitative fieldwork in Ghana. She also had research consultancies with the World Health Organisation in Geneva and Cairo, and held responsibilities as a trustee for a local charity.
In 2020 Sara was awarded Best Early Career Researcher in Public Health by the National Institute of Health Research and Public Health England.
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