David Woodhead PhD
Associate Director of Research
David Woodhead is a research and policy professional with almost 30 years’ experience of working in health and social care. His work has focused on improving the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged and excluded communities. He has a particular interest in issues relating to racism, intersectionality, and LGBT health.
David has worked for world class research organisations, including the UCL Institute of Health Equity, King’s Fund and Cancer Research UK, building knowledge about health inequalities and how best to tackle them. He has also designed and delivered high profile research for national voluntary sector organisations, including Homeless Link, Consortium, and the LGBT Foundation.
David has held Head of Service, Deputy Director, and Assistant Director roles in the NHS and local government – in public health, social care, and cultural services - and has also led strategy and policy development for two national regulatory bodies.
David was awarded a PhD in 1998 by London South Bank University. His thesis scrutinised the psychosocial effects of the HIV pandemic on HIV negative gay and bisexual men. He recently completed the foundation certificate from the Institute of Group Analysis. His first degree, from Queen Mary University of London, was in French and social sciences.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Royal Society of Public Health.
In 2007, he won the James Mayes Award and was seconded to the Haute Autorité de Santé in Paris. He researched how French health care systems are funded and governed.
His work is grounded by his experiences of poor mental health.
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