Dr Jo Blackburn

BSc (Hons) Psychology, MSc Psychological Research, PhD Psychology

Research Associate

Department: School of Health and Related Research

Faculty: Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Research expertise

  • Qualitative research

  • Health services research

  • Service evaluation


Email: j.blackburn1@nhs.net


I am a Research Fellow working at Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, with an honorary contract in the School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield. I have experience in health services research, service improvement, patient experience and qualitative research methodology.

I joined ScHARR in 2009 as a Research Fellow for the CLAHRC Obesity Theme, having completed a PhD in Psychology from the University of Sheffield and worked on several projects in public health including the South Yorkshire Cohort (now The Yorkshire Health Study) with Dr Clare Relton and the Dietary Decision Making in Families study with Professor Paul Bissell. My academic background is in psychology, with a particular focus on obesity, healthy weight and eating disorders.

I have a specific interest in health services research and qualitative research methodology and have been involved in a number of service evaluations and studies involving qualitative research methods.

I am currently working on the quality improvement collaborative to evaluate the impact of Shared Haemodialysis Care in centre-based haemodialysis patients (The Health Foundation) with Dr Steve Ariss.

Current research projects

  • A quality improvement collaborative to evaluate the impact of Shared Haemodialysis Care in centre based haemodialysis patients (The Health Foundation).

  • What do patients want? Exploring the patient experience of communication and information in the emergency department (General Nursing Council Trust).

  • Challenges and barriers of hospital staff surrounding fluid balance and AKI monitoring.