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Dr Jonathan Shepherd BA (Hons), MPhil, PhD

Principal Research Fellow

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Jonathan works as a Principal Research Fellow for SHTAC.

Expertise in quantitative and qualitative evidence synthesis methods in health care and public health, with particular interest in the promotion of health in schools

Jonathan began working at the University of Southampton in 1994 as a researcher in the Southampton Education School. In 1998 he joined the Wessex Institute and became part of the SHTAC team at its inception in 2000. He has led the production of a number Technology Assessment Reports for NICE, on topics such as treatment of hepatitis B and C, chronic asthma, and cancers (breast, melanoma, lung, multiple myeloma). He also co-ordinates SHTAC's external training programme on systematic reviews.

Jonathan's research interests include sexual health, health inequalities, health promotion and public health, and he has worked on a number of systematic reviews in this area. He has collaborative links with the Eppi-Centre at the Institute of Education, London, and is an Editor for the Cochrane Public Health Group. His PhD investigated approaches to, and general views on, the use of quality assessment in systematic reviews of effectiveness in health promotion.

He was the Principal Investigator of an NIHR Public Health Research programme-funded research project investigating the barriers and facilitators of effective teacher training to promote health in schools. The project was a collaboration between SHTAC, Primary Care and Population Sciences and Southampton Education School.

Jonathan also regularly peer-reviews for academic journals in health, has acted as an external examiner on PhDs in public health, has served on project advisory boards and a trial steering committee - the INCLUSIVE trial: Initiating change locally in bullying and aggression through the school environment.

Jonathan is currently a co-chair of InterTASC - The hub for the groups providing independent health technology assessments for NICE Technology Appraisals and other processes.


BA (Hons) Geography, University of Portsmouth (1994)

MPhil, University of Southampton (1998)

PhD, University of Southampton (2009)

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Systematic Reviews in Health
Contributes to an introductory training day on the methods and conduct of systematic reviews in health organised by SHTAC.

Dr Jonathan Shepherd
Southampton Health Technology Assessments Centre (SHTAC), University of Southampton, Alpha House, Enterprise Road, University of Southampton Science Park, Southampton, SO16 7NS

Room Number: 92 Chilwth Alpha/2001

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