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Dr Lorna Porcellato

Dr Lorna Porcellato

Telephone: 0151 231 4201


Lorna Porcellato is a Reader in Public Health and Health Promotion in the Public Health Institute (PHI). Prior to coming to the UK in 1993, Lorna completed an honours degree in Sociology, a BA in Education (primary school) and an MA in Physical Education and Health (Sociology of Sport) in Canada. Her PhD on children's perspectives on smoking led to the development of the Liverpool Longitudinal Study on Smoking (LLSS) and a post doctoral position as the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation Research Fellow. Lorna moved to the University of Salford in 2002 where she held a joint position as Programme Lead for the newly developed MSc in Public Health and Society and Qualitative Lead for Health R&D North West. In 2007, Lorna returned to LJMU and joined the Public Health Education Team. Her specialist teaching areas include: qualitative research methods, health promotion and community engagement at both undergraduate and post graduate level. A major theme running through Lorna's research portfolio is the use of qualitative research methods. She has been involved in a range of health related research studies over the years, bringing qualitative expertise to projects around tobacco control, alcohol, physical activity and discrimination and older workers. Latterly she has been involved in health services research in collaboration with Staffordshire, Shropshire & Black Country maternity network, Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust and the RADAR unit to inform policy development and service provision. Current research interests include: understanding health risk behaviours (smoking, obesity, alcohol); developing effective health interventions for children and families, using innovative qualitative research methods in particular life history calendars and draw and write technique, community based participatory research and the patient experience of health services. Lorna has successfully supervised a number of PhD students and currently supervises students conducting qualitative and/or mixed methods research on a range of topics in public health, nursing and sport and exercise science. She is a member of the Research Advisory Panel (RAP) for Yorkshire Cancer Research.


1998, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PhD, Health Promotion
Queen's University at Kingston, Canada, MA, Sociology of Sport - Physical and Health Education
York University, Canada, BSc in Education, Primary School
University of Western Ontario, Canada, Honours BA, Sociology

Academic appointments

Reader in Public Health and Health Promotion, Centre For Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, 2007 - present


Journal article

Hurter L, Fairclough SJ, Knowles ZR, Porcellato LA, Cooper-Ryan A, Boddy L. 2018. Establishing Raw Acceleration Thresholds to Classify Sedentary and Stationary Behaviour in Children Children, >DOI

Schölin L, Hughes K, Bellis MA, Eriksson C, Porcellato L. 2018. “I think we should all be singing from the same hymn sheet” – English and Swedish midwives’ views of advising pregnant women about alcohol Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy, :1-7 >DOI

Harris J, Porcellato L. 2018. Opt-Out Parental Consent in Online Surveys: Ethical Considerations Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, >DOI

Schölin L, Hughes K, Bellis MA, Eriksson C, Porcellato L. 2017. Exploring practices and perceptions of alcohol use during pregnancy in England and Sweden through a cross-cultural lens. Eur J Public Health, >DOI >Link

Jelliman P, Porcellato L. 2017. HIV is Now a Manageable Long-Term Condition, But What Makes it Unique? A Qualitative Study Exploring Views About Distinguishing Features from Multi-Professional HIV Specialists in North West England Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 28 :165-178 >DOI

Farmer S, Porcellato L. 2016. “Thinking about drinking”: Exploring children’s perceptions of alcohol using the Draw and Write tool Health Education, 116 :541-560 >DOI

Porcellato L, Carmichael F, Hulme C. 2016. Using occupational history calendars to capture lengthy and complex working lives: a mixed method approach with older people International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 19 :269-286 >DOI >Link

Trigwell J, McGee CE, Murphy RC, Porcellato LA, Ussher M, Garnham-Lee K, Knowles ZR, Foweather L. 2015. Process evaluation of a sport-for-health intervention to prevent smoking amongst primary school children: SmokeFree Sports BMC PUBLIC HEALTH, 15 >DOI >Link

McGee CE, Trigwell J, Fairclough SJ, Murphy RC, Porcellato L, Ussher M, Foweather L. 2015. Influence of family and friend smoking on intentions to smoke and smoking-related attitudes and refusal self-efficacy among 9-10 year old children from deprived neighbourhoods: a cross-sectional study. BMC public health, 15 :225-225

Porcellato L, Masson G, O'Mahony F, Jenkinson S, Vanner T, Cheshire K, Perkins E. 2015. "It's something you have to put up with'service users' experiences of in utero transfer: a qualitative study BJOG-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY, 122 :1825-1832 >DOI >Link

Trigwell J, McGee C, Casstles H, Murphy RC, Porcellato L, Ussher M, Foweather L. 2014. Preventing smoking among nine to ten-year-old children using a novel school-based physical activity intervention: Overview of SmokeFree Sports. Education and Health,, 3 :93-102

Jones L, Atkinson A, Bates G, McCoy E, Porcellato L, Beynon C, McVeigh J, Bellis MA. 2014. Views and experiences of hepatitis C testing and diagnosis among people who inject drugs: Systematic review of qualitative research International Journal of Drug Policy, 25 :204-211 >DOI

Knight KH, Porcellato L, Tume L. 2014. Out-of-school lives of physically disabled children and young people in the United Kingdom: a qualitative literature review. J Child Health Care, 18 :275-285 >DOI >Link

Selvadurai S, Porcellato LA. 2013. Perceptions of Malaysian Dental Students of their role in smoking cessation. Malaysian Dental Journal, 35

Cooper A, Pine C, Porcellato L, Dugdill L. 2013. Use of Draw & Write (D&W) with children in health and wellbeing research: A review INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE METHODS, 12 :701-702 >Link

Lockyear V, Porcellato LA, Gee I. 2011. Vitamin D deficiency: awareness and practice Community Practitioner, 3 :23-26

Mason BS, Porcellato L, van der Woude LHV, Goosey-Tolfrey VL. 2010. A qualitative examination of wheelchair configuration for optimal mobility performance in wheelchair sports: a pilot study. J Rehabil Med, 42 :141-149 >DOI >Link

Gardner K, Salah S, Leavey C, Porcellato LA. 2010. The Perfect Size: perceptions of and influences on body image and body size in young Somali women living in Liverpool: a qualitative study Diversity in Health and Social Care, 1 :23-34

Dugdill L, Coffey M, Coufopoulus A, Byrne K, Porcellato L. 2009. Developing New Community Health Roles: can reflective learning drive professional practice? Reflective Practice, 1 :121-130

Milton B, Porcellato LA, Dugdill L, Springett J, Woods S. 2008. Starting Young: Children's Experiences of trying to smoke: implications for tobacco control Health Education Research, 2 :298-309

Milton B, Woods SE, Dugdill L, Porcellato L, Springett RJ. 2008. Starting young? Children's experiences of trying smoking during pre-adolescence. Health Educ Res, 23 :298-309 >DOI >Link

Milton BS, Dugdill L, Porcellato LA, Springett RJ. 2008. 'Kids who smoke think that they can be adults as well': Children's smoking and transitions to adulthood CHILDREN & SOCIETY, 22 :291-302 >DOI >Link

Mair M, Barlow A, Woods SE, Kierans C, Milton B, Porcellato L. 2006. Lies, damned lies and statistics? Reliability and personal accounts of smoking among young people. Soc Sci Med, 62 :1009-1021 >DOI >Link

Woods SE, Springett J, Porcellato L, Dugdill L. 2005. 'Stop it, it's bad for you and me': experiences of and views on passive smoking among primary-school children in Liverpool. Health Educ Res, 20 :645-655 >DOI >Link

Milton B, Cook PA, Dugdill L, Porcellato L, Springett J, Woods SE. 2004. Why do primary school children smoke? A longitudinal analysis of predictors of smoking uptake during pre-adolescence PUBLIC HEALTH, 118 :247-255 >DOI >Link

Porcellato L, Dughill L, Springett J. 2002. Using focus groups to explore children's perceptions of smoking: Reflections on practice Health Education, 102 :310-320 >DOI

Porcellato L, Dugdill L, Springett J, Sanderson FH. 1999. Primary schoolchildrens' perceptions of smoking: implications for health education. Health Educ Res, 14 :71-83 >Link

mcgee , trigwell , Fairclough , murphy , porcellato , Ussher M, Foweather L. Effect of a sport-for-health intervention (SmokeFree Sports) on smoking-related intentions and cognitions among 9-10 year old primary school children: a controlled trial BMC PUBLIC HEALTH, >DOI

Knight KH, Porcellato L, Vickerman P, Greenop D. Factors affecting UK physically disabled children and young people participating in mainstream out-of-school activities: Focus on personal care and training. Poster Presentation: ACCN Symposium 2014 Jersey 05/09/14. Working Papers in the Health Sciences (2014), >Link

Trigwell J, McGee C, Murphy RC, Porcellato L, Ussher M, Garnham-Lee K, Knowles ZK, Foweather L. The implementation of a sport-for-health intervention to prevent smoking among primary school children: SmokeFree Sports BMC Public Health,

Reid G, Kinsella E, Cooke P, Shotton D, Porcellato LA. Consumer Involvement in Research using Oral History: What are people's experiences of health and well being in Halton? Special Issue of the International Journal of Consumer Studies - Consumer, User and Carer Involvement in Health and Social Care,

Conference publication

Bradbury D, Porcellato L, Timpson H, Chisholm A, Goodhew S, Young R, Isaac N, Watson PM. 2018. Promoting healthy weight in pre-school: co-production of an online training resource for multi-agency professionals JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY & HEALTH, 15 :S209-S209 >Link

Hurter L, Rowlands A, Fairclough S, Knowles Z, Cooper-Ryan A, Porcellato L, Boddy L. 2018. Validation of the Sedentary Sphere in children: Does wrist or accelerometer brand matter? JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY & HEALTH, 15 :S18-S18 >Link

Hurter L, Fairclough S, Knowles ZR, Porcellato LA, Cooper Ryan A, Boddy L. Establishing raw acceleration thresholds to classify sedentary behaviour in children HEPA Europe


Harris J, Madden H, Oysten J, Billington H, Venturas C, Porcellato LA. 2017. A Health needs assessment for children and adults with neurodevelopmental conditions in Liverpool A health needs assessment for children and adults with neurodevelopmental conditions in Liverpool

Hay G, Oyston JE, Porcellato L, Madden H, Ross-Houle K, Timpson H. 2015. Evaluation of Rapid Access to Alcohol Detoxification Acute Referral (RADAR) Evaluation of Rapid Access to Alcohol Detoxification Acute Referral (RADAR)

Jones L, Atkinson A, Porcellato L, Bates G, McCoy E, Beynon C, McVeigh J, Bellis M. 2011. A systematic review of qualitative research on the views, perspectives and experiences of hepatitis B and C testing among practitioners and people at greatest risk of infection. >Link

Jones L, Woolfall K, Porcellato L, McVeigh J. 2009. Evidence relating to new tobacco control priorities that aim to protect children and young people from exposure to tobacco Evidence. >Link

Jones L, Woodfall K, Porcellato L, McVeigh J. 2009. The impact of advocacy initiatives led by, or on the behalf of, young people. A systematic map and summary of the evidence. >Link

Ross-Houle KM, venturas C, porcellato L, bradbury A. An exploration of the role of alcohol in relation to living situation and significant life events for the homeless population in Merseyside, UK


Knowles ZR, Porcellato L. 2014. Reflecting forward: exploring reflective methodologies with and for children Reflective Practice in the Sport and Exercise Sciences Contemporary Issues :38-47 9780415814935

Carmichael F, Hulme C, Porcellato LA, Ingham B, Prashar A. 2011. Ageism and age discrimination: the experiences and perceptions of older employees Parry E, Tyson S. Managing an Age Diverse Workforce Palgrave MacMillan 9780230240933

Scholarly edition

Carmichael F, Hulme C, Porcellato L. 2013. Work histories of Older People - Evidence from Mixed Method Occupational History Calendars

Engagement & Impact

External committees:

Research Advisory Panel (RAP) ., Yorkshire Cancer Research