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Dr Flora Douglas

Post Nominals PhD, MPH, PGDip Health Prom, BN
Biography Dr Flora Douglas is a Reader in Nursing who is based in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at RGU. Dr Douglas has a background in public health, public health research and nursing. Dr Douglas is also the Post Graduate Research Degrees Coordinator for the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Flora contributes to a number of national (including the Scottish Government) and local steering and advisory groups concerned with addressing household food insecurity and health in Scotland. Her particular focus is on providing expert input on the evaluation of interventions intended to address food poverty in Scotland. Flora also holds Honorary Lecturer and Research Associate appointments with the University of Aberdeen and the University of Bournemouth. She is also a member of NHS Grampian's Senior Public Leadership Group.

Prior to joining RGU, Flora held two academic posts at the University of Aberdeen (UoA). Latterly, she was a Principal Investigator on the Scottish Government-funded RESAS research programme (administered by the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, UoA) where she held a role as lead public health / social scientist for three years. In this role she was responsible for conceptualising and undertaking policy-orientated research concerned with household food insecurity, health and well-being. In her former role at the UoA, which she held for over a decade, Flora was a lecturer within the Department of Public Health. This post was jointly funded with NHS Grampian and involved close working with senior public health clinical and non-clinical colleagues throughout the period of this appointment on a range of national public health policy and programme intervention issues. In this role, she also variously undertook teaching, degree programme coordination, course coordination, Masters and PhD supervision roles associated with undergraduate and post-graduate teaching programmes delivered within the Institute of Applied Health Sciences (i.e. Health Sciences, Master of Public Health and Health Services Research programmes, MSc Human Nutrition, MB CHB). Flora also contributed to local UK Specialist Public Health Registrar training programmes, and to various CPD activities aimed at NHS Grampian public health staff.

Flora also undertook a variety of lead and co-investigator research and evaluation roles in a number of externally-funded public health research and policy evaluation projects.
Research Interests Main research interests are concerned with the experience and impacts of household food insecurity on long term condition management, and, maternal and child health. This interest has developed in turn, from her long term interest in health inequalities and her research concerned with obesity and weight management.