Dr Julie Cowie

Senior Research Fellow

NMAHP Stirling,

Dr Julie Cowie

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About me

I am a senior research fellow within the NMAHP Research Unit with an interest in implementation science, exploring ways in which theoretically developed interventions are integrated into practice to maximise long-term continued use and effectiveness.

The origins of implementation science include operational research which is where my research career began. In 2000 I obtained my Ph.D. looking at the development and evaluation of an intelligent decision support system. From this my research interests progressed to look at e-Interventions in healthcare settings.  Recent research has cemented my interest in implementation. My current focus is around trying to understand contextual factors around integration of interventions, and barriers and facilitators that impact on successful sustained implementation. To this end I am pursuing a number of projects looking both at contextual issues (different NHS settings, different international settings) and the potential for practical use for a new intervention sustainability framework which I co-developed. This framework uses multicriteria decision analysis (which I used in my Ph.D. research) for supporting intervention sustainability.

I am also interested in Digital Health. To this end I am and have been involved in a number of projects developing/evaluating digital health interventions.

Finally, I have a keen interest in community driven initiatives and working with community stakeholders to design and develop interventions to support better health and wellbeing. I have worked with a number of community organisations using problem structuring methods and group decision support to elicit views on proposed initiatives. I'm keen to further this work.

Ph.D. supervision Interested in supervising Ph.D. in areas of:

Complex intervention evaluation Applied Operational Research Community-led initiatives Digital Health interventions Tools to support healthcare decision making Use of digital services to support those with long term conditions