Josie is the Director of the Better Start Bradford Innovation Hub and Bradford Inequalities Research Unit. Josie’s research focusses on integrating research into practice in order to improve quality of care, reduce health inequalities and enhance the evidence base of interventions in practice. Josie also leads the world’s first experimental birth cohort: Born in Bradford’s Better Start.

Josie has a PhD in psychology, and has worked as a research programme manager in applied health research with experience of mixed methods approaches including pragmatic randomised controlled trials, cluster trials, cohort studies and process evaluations.

Josie’s research interests are in applied health research in vulnerable populations and the implementation and evaluation of complex interventions in community settings.

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Josie Dickerson, Brian Kelly, Bridget Lockyer, Sally Bridges, Christopher Cartwright, Kathryn Willan, Katy Shire, Kirsty Crossley, Maria Bryant, Najma Siddiqi, Trevor A Sheldon, Deborah A Lawlor, John Wright, Rosemary RC McEachan, Kate E Pickett. , (2022). ‘When will this end? Will it end?’ The impact of the March–June 2020 UK COVID-19 lockdown response on mental health: a longitudinal survey of mothers in the Born in Bradford study. BMJ Journals , 12(1),
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SianReece Trevor A.Sheldon JosieDickerson Kate E.Pickett, (2022). A review of the effectiveness and experiences of welfare advice services co-located in health settings: A critical narrative systematic review. Science Direct
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Kate E Pickett, Mildred Ajebon, Bo Hou, Brian Kelly, Philippa K Bird, Josie Dickerson, Katy Shire, Mark Mon-Williams, Neil Small, Rosemary McEachan, John Wright, Deborah A Lawlor, (2021). Vulnerabilities in child wellbeing among primary school children: a cross-sectional study in Bradford, UK. medRxiv DOI: 10.1101/2021.01.10.21249538,
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Josie Dickerson, Bridget Lockyer, Rachael H. Moss, Charlotte Endacott, Brian Kelly, Sally Bridges, Kirsty L. Crossley, Maria Bryant, Trevor A. Sheldon, John Wright, Kate E. Pickett, Rosemary R.C. McEachan, (2021). COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in an ethnically diverse community: descriptive findings from the Born in Bradford study. Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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N. Dharni, H. Essex, M. J. Bryant, A. Cronin de Chavez, K. Willan, D. Farrar, T. Bywater & J. Dickerson , (2021). The key components of a successful model of midwifery-led continuity of carer, without continuity at birth: findings from a qualitative implementation evaluation. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth DOI: 10.1186/s12884-021-03671-2,
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Stephanie L. Prady ,Charlotte Endacott, Josie Dickerson, Tracey J. Bywater, Sarah L. Blower, (2021). Inequalities in the identification and management of common mental disorders in the perinatal period: An equity focused re-analysis of a systematic review. PLOS ONE DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0248631,
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Lisa Y. Gibson; Bridget Lockyer; Josie Dickerson; Charlotte Endacott; Sally Bridges; Rosemary McEachan; Kate E. Pickett; Sarah Whalan; Natasha Bear; Desiree Silva; Susan L. Prescott; Jacqueline A. Davis. , (2021). Comparison of Experiences in Two Birth Cohorts Comprising Young Families with Children under Four Years during the Initial COVID-19 Lockdown in Australia and the UK: A Qualitative Study. Enviromental Research and Public Health , 18(17), DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18179119,
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Bridget Lockyer, Shahid Islam, Aamnah Rahman, Josie Dickerson, Kate Pickett, Trevor Sheldon, John Wright, Rosemary McEachan, Laura Sheard, (2020). Understanding Covid-19 misinformation and vaccine hesitancy in context: Findings from a qualitative study involving citizens in Bradford, UK. medRxiv DOI: 10.1101/2020.12.22.20248259,
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Josie Dickerson, Philippa K. Bird, Maria Bryant, Nimarta Dharni, Sally Bridges, Kathryn Willan, Sara Ahern, Abigail Dunn, Dea Nielsen, Eleonora P. Uphoff, Tracey Bywater, Claudine Bowyer-Crane, Pinki Sahota, Neil Small, Michaela Howell, Gill Thornton, Kate E. Pickett, Rosemary R. C. McEachan, John Wright,, (2019). Integrating research and system-wide practice in public health: lessons learnt from Better Start Bradford. BMC Public Health DOI: 10.1186/s12889-019-6554-2,
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Shahid Islam Neil Small Maria Bryant Sally Bridges Nicola Hancock Josie Dickerson, (2019). Assessing community readiness for early intervention programmes to promote social and emotional health in children. Health Expectations DOI: 10.1111/hex.12887,
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Nimarta Dharni, Josie Dickerson, Kathryn Willan, Sara Ahern, Abigail Dunn, Dea Nielsen, Eleonora Uphoff, Rosemary R C McEachan, Maria Bryant, (2019). Implementation evaluation of multiple complex early years interventions: an evaluation framework and study protocol. BMJ Open DOI: 10.1136/bmjpo-2019-000479,
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Claudine Bowyer-Crane , Dea Nielsen, Maria Bryant, Nimarta Dharni, Rebecca Heald, Chloe Storr and Josie Dickerson, (2019). STUDY PROTOCOL Open Access A randomised controlled feasibility trial and qualitative evaluation of an early years language development intervention: study protocol of the ‘outcomes of Talking Together evaluation and results’ (oTTer) project. Pilot and Feasibility Studies DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s40814-019-0498-2,
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John Wright, Andrew C. Hayward, Jane West, Kate E. Pickett, Rosie M. McEachan, Mark Mon-Williams, Nicola Christie, Laura Vaughan, Jess Sheringham, Muki Haklay, Laura Sheard, Josie Dickerson, Sally Barber, Neil Small, Richard Cookson, Philip Garnett, Tracey Bywater, Nicholas Pleace, Eric J. Brunner, Claire Cameron, Marcella Ucci, Steve Cummins, Daisy Fancourt, Jens Kandt, Paul Longley, Steve Morris, George Ploubidis, Robert Savage, Robert W. Aldridge, Dan Hopewell, Tiffany Yang, Dan Mason, Gillian Santorelli, Richard Romano, Maria Bryant, Liam Crosby, Trevor Sheldon, (2019). ActEarly: a City Collaboratory approach to early promotion of good health and wellbeing. Wellcome Open Research
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S Islam, N Small, M Bryant, T Yang, A Cronin De Chavez, F Saville, J Dickerson, (2018). Addressing obesity in Roma communities: a community readiness approach. International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare DOI: 10.1108/IJHRH-06-2018-0038,
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Dickerson J, Bird PK, McEachan RRC, Pickett KE, Waiblinger D, Uphoff E, Mason D, Bryant M, Bywater T, Bowyer-Crane C, Sahota P, Small N, Howell M, Thornton G, Astin M, Lawlor DA, Wright J, (2016). Born in Bradford’s Better Start: an experimental birth cohort study to evaluate the impact of early life interventions. BMC Public Health DOI: 10.1186/s12889-016-3318-0,
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Dickerson, Josie; Bird, Philippa K; McEachan, Rosemary R C; Pickett, Kate E; Waiblinger, Dagmar; Uphoff, Eleonora; Mason, Dan; Bryant, Maria; Bywater, Tracey; Bowyer-Crane, Claudine; Sahota, Pinki; Small, Neil; Howell, Michaela; Thornton, Gill; Astin, Melanie; Lawlor, Debbie A; Wright, John, (2016). Born in Bradford’s Better Start: an experimental birth cohort study to evaluate the impact of early life interventions.. BMC public health 711. DOI: 10.1186/s12889-016-3318-0, PMID: 27488369,