UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

Prof Helen Roberts

Prof Helen Roberts

Professor of Child Health Research

ICH Pop, Policy & Practice Prog

UCL GOS Institute of Child Health

Joined UCL
1st May 2010

Research summary

I have research interests in the translation of research evidence into policy and practice across health, education and social care; inequalities in health (and what can be done about them) and the voice of the patient, service user and citizen. I write on the lay expertise of users of services (including child users); the synthesis of different kinds of research evidence, and implementation issues. My current work is mainly with young people leaving the care system, in particular young people who have arrived as unaccompanied children.

I am a member of the Child and Adolescent Policy Research Unit funded by the Department of Health

Teaching summary

The majority of my teaching and learning activities involve working with doctoral and postdocs, and helping them prepare grant funding applications.  I am a senior fellow of the academy of higher education.


University of Sussex
DPhil, Sociology | 1975
Universite Aix-Marseille III
MAI, Sociology (Major) and Anthropology (Minor) | 1972
University of Reading
BA, Sociology | 1971


I am a medical sociologist, and was educated/trained at the Universities of Reading, Aix-Marseille and Sussex. I set up and ran the Child Health Research and Policy Unit at City University London. Before that, I spent a decade in the third sector as Head of R&D with the children’s charity Barnardo’s. In 2009, I was made an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, and was  a non-executive director of NICE from 2004-13 and I held an honorary fellowship ar All Souls College Oxford in 2011. 

Internationally, from 2001-2010, I was on the Health Advisory Council, and then the Science Advisory Council with the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research in Canada. I am an editorial advisor with the Cochrane Public Health Review Group.

I was pantomime editor for Tribune in the past and keep my hand in with a bit of journalism.

I have been on  a number of funding committees for NIHR and other funders am an editor with NIHR Journals Library.