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

Population, Policy & Practice Dept

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 and young people with a learning disability.

Teaching summary

The majority of my teaching and learning activities involve working with doctoral and postdocs, and helping them prepare grant funding applications. 


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 and the Social Statistics Research Unit act City University under the leadership of John Fox.

I spent a decade in the third sector leading R&D with the children’s charity Barnardo’s; have spend time seconded to a government department to work on a green paper on the family and spent almost 10 years on the board of NICE. 

I also spent some time as a pantomime critic for Tribune. 

 I have been elected to UCL Council from October 2019.

I am  an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education  and  have held an honorary fellowship ar All Souls College Oxford. 

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