Professor Penny Cook

Professor Penny Cook joined the University of Salford in June 2012 and was made Professor in 2013. Her research focus is alcohol harm, including leadership of the NIHR funded Communities in Charge of Alcohol’ programme, which uses an assets Based Community Development approach to alcohol intervention. She also leads a research team investigating the impacts of alcohol exposure during pregnancy, and associated Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), in collaboration with the National FASD Clinic. As part of this, Penny currently leads an MRC funded project to develop a parenting intervention for caregivers of children with FASD, and research to ascertain the prevalence of FASD in Greater Manchester.  

Penny’s Research in other areas of public health include physical activity and the health benefits of greenspaceShe co-leads the Research Group, ‘Protecting the Public’s Health’, comprising 25 academic staff and associated research assistants and research students. She holds a senior research leadership position (Environment Lead for the School of Health and Society) with responsibility for: chairing the School Ethics Committee; membership of the university ethics committee and university strategic funding committee; and is deputy for the Associate Dean Research when necessary.  

Penny has published extensively (Google Scholar h-index 31). She has been awarded £1.7m funding as principal investigator and has a career total funding of £4m.  

Prof Cook teaches on the MSc in Public Health.

Postgraduate Research Supervision Interests

Topic areas of interest for supervision include:  

Investigations into alcohol harms and interventions to reduce alcohol harm; investigations into the needs of those with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and their families, and interventions to support them; health benefits of greenspace, and evaluation of greenspace interventions. 

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Public health, alcohol, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, physical activity, greenspace, nature