The University of the West Indies (UWI), at Cave Hill, Barbados

The University of the West Indies

at Cave Hill, Barbados

Faculty of Medical Sciences

Graduate Programmes: Public Health

About Public Health Research

The Public Health team, with backgrounds in medicine, epidemiology, public health, biostatistics and the social sciences, is interested in a variety of research topics, the common theme of which is to inform the prevention and control of Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).

A brief description of our interests, past and current:

T. Alafia Samuels has a strong interest the role of behavioural and clinical interventions in the prevention and control of NCDs, particularly diabetes and hypertension. Past research has investigated the determinants of poor compliance with diabetes and hypertension treatment, and in particular the impact of physician factors. Current work includes developing and evaluating workplace based initiatives, and evaluating the impact of an intervention programme for schools in Barbados.

Madhuvanti Murphy's initial research interests were around teenage drug use and abuse, but her interests have expanded into international women's health. She has been the project director and co-investigator on two multi-site adolescent drug prevention trials funded by NIH/NIDA, as well as a co-investigator on grants focused on women's health sponsored by the Qatar National Research Fund and the American Cancer Society.

Natasha Sobers-Grannum is particularly interested in the biomedical, social, political and economic factors influencing the trends in cardiovascular disease and risk factors in the Caribbean and in being able to evaluate and predict the impact of programmes implemented to influence these trends.

Heather Harewood is interested in Maternal and Child Health, Environmental Health and worksite wellness.

Natalie Greaves is passionate about the two “Ps” in the cancer care continuum i.e. Prevention and Palliation. Past research interest have revolved around the organization and delivery of palliative care, in particular understanding access and referral pathways, perceptions of end-of-life care and pallliative care needs assesment.


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