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- Job title:
- Senior Lecturer in Research Methods
- School of Health & Social Care
- Research institute:
- Health and Social Care Institute
About Lisa Arai
Lisa Arai is a Senior Lecturer in Research Methods in the School of Health & Social Care. She holds a first degree in anthropology and sociology from Goldsmiths, University of London (1995), an MSc and Diploma in medical demography from the Centre for Population Studies, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London (1997),and a PhD from Queen Mary, University of London (2004).
Her book 'Teenage pregnancy: the making and unmaking of a problem' (Policy Press, 2009) draws, in part, on findings from her PhD thesis.
Dr Arai’s background is largely in academic research and she has worked in a variety of institutions including the Medical Research Council, City University, Social Science Research Unit (Institute of Education) and the Open University.
She has particular interests in the health and well-being of children and young people and has published widely on this and a range of other issues.
Dr Arai’s research interests are in six inter-related areas:
• teenage sexual and reproductive behaviour
• factors affecting the use of health care and other services
• the surveillance of children and the family
• the design, implementation and evaluation of interventions, especially those aimed at children and young people
• methods, mixed methods and methodological innovation in the public health sciences.
In previous posts, Dr Arai worked on a range of research projects, including several that were focused on methodological innovation. She has also worked on a mapping study of HIV and sexual health research in the UK, several large-scale reviews of the literature on access to health and other services by minority groupsin the UK and a mapping study of interventions aimed at reducing childhood obesity.
Dr Arai also contributed to the GLA's 2007 State of London's Children report, and has been involved in the evaluation of two major adolescent sexual health interventions.
In her previous post at the Open University, Dr Arai was part of a team re-writing a popular course aimed at social care, health and other practitioners working with children and young people.
Lisa Arai is currently involved in the evaluation of a child obesity programme.
In the news
- Happiness is a teenage mum?
Northern Echo, 05/04/2012, p.18
North-East academic Dr Lisa Arai, a senior lecturer in research methods at Teesside University's School of Health and Social Care, says that far from being "prophets of doom" as teenage mothers are often depicted, the majority of teenage mothers enjoy motherhood and their lives do not change drastically as a result of having a baby.
- Happiness is a teenage mum?
Northern Echo (Web), 05/04/2012
North East academic Dr Lisa Arai thinks it is time to think about the 'problem' of teenage pregnancy in a new way. Pregnancy at an age when the most important thing on their minds would normally be school homework or college exams is usually perceived as a disaster for the young women concerned and an increased burden on society. Dr Arai is a senior lecturer at Teesside University.
- Fertile imagination
The Times Higher Education Supplement, 29/03/2012, p.18
The popular stereotype of the teenage mother is being challenged by an academic at Teesside University. Lisa Arai, senior lecturer in research methods at the institution's School of Health and Social Care, said that despite public perceptions that a large proportion of teenage girls become pregnant, the true figure was closer to just 5 percent.
- The Teenage Pregnancy Myth
ITV 1 TT N, North East Tonight, 19/03/2012, 18:01:13; 22:30:12; BBC Radio4, The Teenage Pregnancy Myth, 19/03/2012, 11:06:12
Teesside University's Lisa Arai comments on a report into the social effects of teenage pregnancy. The evolution of attitudes towards teenage pregnancy are discussed.