Dr Sue Bellass

Dr Sue Bellass


I joined the Leeds Institute for Health Sciences in 2019 as a Research Fellow working on Qual-P, an NIHR-funded mixed methods research study into prisoner healthcare with Robbie Foy and Laura Sheard. This project aims to explore gaps and variations in the quality of primary care for prisoners through the interrogation of anonymised prison healthcare records and qualitative interviews with former prisoners and prison healthcare staff.

Prior to taking the post at Leeds, I researched comorbid severe mental illness and diabetes at the University of York and was a Programme Manager on two NIHR-funded research programmes, IMPACT, a global health project in South Asia, and DIAMONDS, a programme developing a self-management intervention for people with severe mental illness and diabetes. My PhD was a qualitative longitudinal study of families where one person has young onset dementia, and my first post-doctoral contract was on a project on creativity and dementia at Manchester University.


  • PhD in Young Onset Dementia
  • MA by Research Thesis on Informal Carers' Experiences of General Practice
  • BSc (Hons) in Sociology and Social Psychology