Senior Lecturer in Public Health
areas of expertise
Lorna Porcellato is a senior lecturer in public health. She teaches on both undergraduate and post graduate programmes. Specialist teaching areas include: qualitative research methods, health promotion and community engagement. Lorna also leads the faculty-based dissertation module for the MSc Public Health programme.
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 including: alcohol and pregnancy, factors affecting physically disabled children and young people participating in mainstream out-of-school activities, the challenges of developing Malaysian nursing leaders and decision-making within undergraduate healthcare students’ fitness to practise panels.
Lorna has been involved in a range of health related research studies over the years, bringing qualitative expertise to projects around tobacco control, health and 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 and Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust to inform policy development and service provision.
Current research interests include: understanding health risk behaviours (smoking, obesity, alcohol); developing effective health interventions, developing innovative qualitative research methods, community based participatory research and the patient experience of health services.
In addition to the papers and publications in the relevant sections below, Lorna has also contributed to the following:
Woolfall K, Porcellato L, Stredder K, Wareing M, Atkinson A, Lushey C, McVeigh J, Sumnall H (2008). The prevention of uptake of smoking by children and young people, with reference to areas of mass media and the sale of tobacco products: findings from a multi-method primary research study. Liverpool, UK. National Collaborating Centre for Drug Prevention. Available from www.nice.org.uk
Porcellato, L., Dugdill, L. and Springett, J. (2005) A Longitudinal Study Exploring Primary Schoolchildren’s Perspectives on Smoking: Results from the Early Years Phase. Childhood A Global Journal of Child Research 12(4),425-443.
Porcellato, L., Dugdill, L. Springett, J. and Sanderson, F. (2000) Exploring children’s perceptions of smoking with the ‘draw and write’ investigative technique in Lu, R., Mackay, J., Niu, S., and Peto, R. (eds) Tobacco: The Growing Epidemic – Proceedings of the Tenth World Conference on Tobacco or Health, Beijing, China, 24-28 August 1997. London: Springer-Verlag
Porcellato L., and Zoe Knowles (2013) Reflecting forward: Exploring reflective methodologies with and for children in Knowles, Z., Gilbourne, D., Cropley, B and Dugdill, L. (eds) Reflective Practice in the Sport and Exercise Sciences: Contemporary Issues. Routledge: London ISBN: 978-0415814935
Carmichael F., Hulme. C., Porcellato, L., Ingham. B., Prashar, A., (2010) Ageism and age discrimination: the experiences and perceptions of older employees, in Parry, E. and Tyson, S. (eds.) Managing age diversity. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, UK, 115-128, ISBN: 9780230240933
Non Peer Reviewed Outputs
Carmichael F, Hulme C, Porcellato L. 2013 Work histories of older people: evidence from mixed method occupational history calendars. Working Paper WP13-05, Academic Unit of Health Economics, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds.
Porcellato, L. (2008) Exploring Young Adults Perceptions of Smoking Prevention and Cessation. University of Salford and Salford NDC.
Anderson, G; Brennan, C; Carmichael, F; Dobson, J; Hulme, C; Ingham, B; Porcellato, L; Prashar, A; Sharif, S; Syme, T; Tanner, A and Ward R (2007) Older Men in the North West Labour Market: A Report for the European Social Fund. Salford Business School / European Social Fund.
Brennan, C; Carmichael, F; Ingham, B; Prashar, A; Dobson, J; Sharif, S; and Porcellato, L. (2007) Ageism and Employment: A Survey of the Literature in the Context of the Current Research Agenda. Salford Business School and European Social Fund
Carmichael, F; Ingham, B; Porcellato, L; Prashar, A and Sharifi, S. and Dobson, J. (2007) ‘Anyone can get old but…’ Ageism and older male participation in the labour market. Salford Business School/ European Social Fund
Carmichael, F; Dobson, J; Hulme, C; Ingham, B; Marshall, K; Porcellato, L; Prashar, A and Sharifi, S. (2006) Older Male and Female Participation in the North West Labour Market: Exploring the Role of Age Discrimination. Salford Business School/ European Social Fund
Anderson, G; Brennan, C; Carmichael, F; Connell, G; Hulme, C; Porcellato, L; Prashar, A; Syme, T; Tanner, A and Ward R. (2006) Older Workers in the North West – A Report for the European Social Fund Vol 1 and Vol 11. Salford Business School / European Social Fund.
Cavill, N., Dugdill, L., Almond, L and Porcellato L. (2006) An Evaluation of the NW Region Physical Activity Coordinator’s Post – Final Report. Big Lottery Fund.
Dugdill,L., Cavill, N and Porcellato, L. (2005) Regional Health and Physical Activity Coordinator Evaluation: interim report. Government Office North West/Dept of Health
Cavill, N., ,Dugdill, L and Porcellato, L. (2005) Physical Activity in the North West of England: a Policy Audit. Government Office North West
Woods, S., Dugdill, L., Milton, B., Porcellato, L. and Springett, J. (2005) The Liverpool Longitudinal Study on Smoking: the primary school phase. Liverpool: John Moores University, Centre for Public Health and Roy Castle Foundation
Springett, J., Wainright, A., Porcellato, L., Chendo-Thomas, M. and Tobert, N. (2003) Unfinished Business: An Evaluation Synthesis for Merseyside Health Action Zone – Pan Regional Element. Liverpool: John Moores University, Institute For Health.
Wainwright, A., Porcellato, L. and Lake, J. (2002) Smoking in Public Places: A Survey of Public Houses, Bars, Restaurants and Cafes in Merseyside and Barriers to Uptake of Smoking Policies. Liverpool: John Moores University, Institute For Health.
Springett, J., Young, A. and Porcellato, L. ( 2002) Manchester, Salford and Trafford Health Action Zone: Learning For the Future. Salford: University of Salford- IPHRP.
Springett, J., Young, A. and Porcellato, L. (2001) Working Outside the Box: A Preliminary Report for the Manchester, Salford and Trafford Health Action Zone. Salford: University of Salford- IPHRP.
Porcellato, L. (1998) Perspectives on Smoking of Liverpool Primary Schoolchildren in their Early Years. (Unpublished PhD Thesis) Liverpool: John Moores University.
Porcellato, L., Dugdill, L. Springett, J. and Sanderson, F. (1996) Attitudes, Beliefs and Smoking Behaviour in Primary Schoolchildren: An Interim Research Report. Occasional Paper Series, The Institute for Health: Liverpool John Moores University
Expertise Related Publications
Expertise Related Papers
What do temporal profiles tell us about adolescent alcohol use? Results from a large sample in the United Kingdom
The psychological construct broadly known as time perspective is potentially useful in understanding a range of adolescent behaviours, including alcohol use. However, the utility of the construct has been hindered by measurement and conceptual problems. To date the vast majority of studies have assessed the relationship between time perspective and other measures in a variable-focussed (correlational) rather than a person-centred way. The present series of studies used a person-centred approach to assess the relationship between temporal profiles and alcohol use in a large sample (n = 1620) of adolescents from High Schools in Northern Ireland. Although a ‘Balanced’ time perspective has been suggested as optimal, the present study suggests that having a ‘Future’ temporal profile is associated with less problematic use of alcohol, while having a ‘Past Negative’ or ‘Hedonist’ profile is associated with more problematic consumption. Results are discussed in the context of the time perspective and alcohol use literatures.
- Publisher Journal of Adolescence, Volume 37, Issue 8
- Page Range Pages 1319–1328
- AuthorsMichael T. McKay, James R. Andretta, Jennifer Magee, Frank C. Worrell
- Published Year 2014
Parental rules, parent and peer attachment and adolescent drinking behaviours
Family factors have been widely implicated in the development of adolescent drinking behaviors. These include parental attachment and parental rules concerning drinking behaviors. Moreover, throughout adolescence attachment to parents gives way to attachment to peers, and parental rules about alcohol use become less strict. The present study examined the relationship between parental and peer attachment, parental rules on drinking and alcohol use in a large sample (n = 1,724) of adolescents in the United Kingdom. Controlling for school grade (proxy for age), sex and the non-independence of respondents (clustering at school level) results showed that scores on a parental rules on drinking questionnaire were a significant statistical predictor when comparing moderate drinkers and abstainers, as well as moderate drinkers and problematic drinkers. Scores on both attachment scales were also significant, but only in the comparison between moderate and problematic drinkers, with lower attachment to parents and higher attachment to peers associated with problematic drinking.
- Publisher Substance Use & Misuse, early online
- Page Range
- AuthorsMichael McKay
- Published Year 2014
Incidents of harm in European drinking environments and relationships with venue and customer characteristics
Aim: Research shows there are associations between bar environments and alcohol-related harms. However, few European studies have examined such links. Our study investigates the type of harms experienced by patrons in European bars, and their relationships with individual, social and environmental factors.
Design: Unobtrusive one-hour observational visits. Characteristics of the bar environment, staff and patrons, and harms observed were recorded on structured schedules.
Setting: Bars in four cities in the Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain and the United Kingdom (U.K.).
Participants: 238 observations across 60 bars.
Measures: Analyses utilized chi-squared, analyses of variance and logistic regression.
Findings: 114 incidents of harm were observed; in one-fifth of visits, at least one incident was recorded. People falling over, arguing or being so severely intoxicated that they required assistance to walk were the most common incidents observed. Bivariate analyses showed associations between a range of staffing, customer and environmental characteristics, and incidents of harm. Controlling for city and venue, only a permissive environment remained significant in multivariate analyses.
Conclusions: Harms occurring in nightlife venues are typically minor. However, such incidents have the potential to escalate into more serious harms; thus, prevention is crucial. Prevention should focus on improving venue management practice and on the behavioral standards expected of customers.
- Publisher The International Journal Of Alcohol And Drug Research
- Page Range
- AuthorsZara Quigg, Karen Hughes, Mark A. Bellis, Ninette van Hasselt, Amador Calafat, Matej Košir, Mariangels Duch, Montse Juan, Lotte Voorham, Ferry X. Goossens
- Published Year August 2014