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Dr Conan Leavey

Public and Allied Health

Faculty of Health

Conan Leavey is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health. He is programme leader for the B.Sc. Public Health degree, CPD (M level) Violence Prevention, Reduction and Public Health programme, and PGR Co-ordinator for the School of Public and Allied Health. Specialist teaching areas include qualitative research methods, cross-cultural approaches to health, and violence as a public health issue. He has supervised a range of PhD projects, including: the use of traditional medicine in Saudi Arabia; Muslim women’s experience of UK maternity services; alcohol related harms and home brewing in rural Kenya; action research with perpetrators of domestic violence; the online purchasing of unlicensed weight loss drugs; alcohol use and hepatitis C among current and recovering injecting drug users; anabolic androgenic steroid use among men; the life histories of individuals with long term opioid use in the UK and USA; female bodybuilders' use of image and performance enhancing drugs; sex tourism in Thailand; and, the experiences of UK adult film performers. Many of his students use qualitative and participatory methods. He is presently lead supervisor for two PhD projects exploring prison populations in UK and Romania during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Conan is a former Associate of the University of Zambia and has worked as a European Union Technical Advisor to the Syrian Ministry of Health. He is a Recognised Supervisor with the UK Council of Graduate Education.

Journal article

Hope VD, Timpson H, Porcellato LA, Brett CE, Harrison R, Hunt A, Bigland C, Leavey C, Hay G, Saini P. 2023. Did the UK’s COVID-19 restrictions during 2020 have a differential impact on the well-being of the LGBQ+ population: a mixed methods study BMJ Open, 13 :e068818 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Bigland C, Leavey C, Khatri RJ, Opoku N, Van Hout M. 2023. Scoping review of women's navigation of co-morbid HIV and non-communicable disease (NCD) Health Conditions and integrated HIV/NCD health services in subsaharan Africa Journal of Sustainable Development Africa, 25 Publisher Url Public Url

Hillis A, Leavey C, Kewley S, Van Hout MC. 2021. Sex tourism in an era of globalisation, harm reduction and disease migration: a new conceptual model Tourism Review, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Bates G, McVeigh J, Leavey C. 2021. Looking Beyond the Provision of Injecting Equipment to People Who Use Anabolic Androgenic Steroids: Harm Reduction and Behavior Change Goals for UK Policy Contemporary Drug Problems, 48 :135-150 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Alzain HM, Leavey C, Mitchell G, Gee I, Hall J, Al-Subaie AS. 2021. Exploration of changes in health-related behaviours among Saudi Arabian undergraduates in the UK. Health Promotion International, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Germain J, Leavey C, Van Hout MC, McVeigh J. 2020. 2,4 dinitrophenol: it’s not just for men International Journal of Drug Policy, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Hillis A, Leavey C, Kewley S, Van Hout MC. 2020. Sex tourism, disease migration and COVID-19: Lessons learnt and best practices going forward. Journal of Travel Medicine, 27 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Hassan SM, Leavey C, Rooney JS, Puthussery S. 2020. A qualitative study of healthcare professionals' experiences of providing maternity care for Muslim women in the UK. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 20 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Hassan SM, Leavey C, Rooney JS. 2019. Exploring English speaking Muslim women's first-time maternity experiences: a qualitative longitudinal interview study BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 19 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Bates G, Tod D, Leavey C, McVeigh J. 2018. An evidence-based socioecological framework to understand men’s use of anabolic androgenic steroids and inform interventions in this area Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Dalton M, Harrison J, Malin A, Leavey C. 2018. Factors that influence nurses' assessment of patient acuity and response to acute deterioration. British Journal of Nursing, 27 :212-218 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Bates G, Begley E, Tod D, Jones L, Leavey C, McVeigh J. 2017. A systematic review investigating the behaviour change strategies in interventions to prevent misuse of anabolic steroids. Journal of Health Psychology, 24 :1595-1612 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

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

Beynon CM, McVeigh C, McVeigh J, Leavey C, Bellis MA. 2008. The involvement of drugs and alcohol in drug-facilitated sexual assault: a systematic review of the evidence. Trauma Violence Abuse, 9 :178-188 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Thomas P, Oni L, Alli M, St Hilaire J, Smith A, Leavey C, Banarsee R. 2005. Antenatal screening for haemoglobinopathies in primary care: a whole system participatory action research project. Br J Gen Pract, 55 :424-428 Author Url


McCoy E, Oyston J, Bates R, Leavey C, Quigg Z. 2021. A review of the support needs of male survivors of sexual violence

Hope V, Leavey C, Morgan G, Acreman D, Turner D, Smith J. 2020. Facilitators and barriers to health care access amongst people using image and performance enhancing drugs in Wales: Findings & Outcomes Report. Publisher Url Public Url

McCoy E, Oyston J, Timpson H, Garwen R, Sprawson E, Leavey C, Quigg Z. 2020. Evaluating Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Support Services across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.


Germain J, McLean C, Leavey C. 2019. One size does not fit all: tackling the issue of weight-loss drug use Van De Ven K, Mulrooney K, McVeigh J. Human Enhancement Drugs Routledge 9781351373838

Leavey C. 2003. The idea of 'participation' in health research and evaluation The Social Significance of Health Promotion :29-42 9780203380819 DOI Publisher Url


Bowring J, Leavey C, Ross-Houle K, Carline A, Gunby C. 2018. The UK Adult Film Performer Project–a case for being pro-performer voice Porn Studies, 5 :457-460 DOI Publisher Url

Conference publication


Springett J, Leavey C. 1995. Participatory action research: The development of a paradigm, dilemmas and prospects Bruce N, Springett J, Hotchkiss J, ScottSamuel A. RESEARCH AND CHANGE IN URBAN COMMUNITY HEALTH, Conference on Health in Cities - Research and Change in Urban Community Health :57-66 Author Url