Head of the Centre for Complementary Healthcare and Integrated Medicine
Faculty of Health & Human Sciences
Thames Valley University
Professor Nicola Robinson is Head of the Centre of Complementary Healthcare and Integrated Medicine (CCHIM). She graduated from Leicester University with a BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences and Psychology. Her doctoral work at the Christie Hospital and Holt Radium Institute (Manchester University) was in immunology. She obtained her Licentiate in Acupuncture from the British College of Acupuncture in 1982 and is a registered acupuncturist with the British Acupuncture Council. In 1985 Nicola was awarded an RD Lawrence Fellowship by the British Diabetic Association and in 1993 she was given an Honorary Membership of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine for her contribution to epidemiology and health services research. She is an Honorary Visiting Professor at Staffordshire University. In 2004, Nicola was awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to visit China, to explore educational and research initiatives in Traditional Chinese Medicine at various Universities and healthcare centres. She received her Churchill silver medallion at Buckingham Palace from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Nicola was previously Reader in the Richard Wells Centre in the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences at Thames Valley University . Prior to joining Thames Valley University she was a Consultant Epidemiologist for Brent and Harrow Health Authority and Honorary Senior lecturer in Primary Healthcare, University College London. As well as complementary medicine her academic specialisms include epidemiology, health services research and public health.
Nicola has a keen interest in complementary medicine and its assimilation and integration into mainstream health care. She has been involved in various initiatives within the acupuncture profession and is a member of various professional committees; she is Chair of the British Acupuncture Council Research Committee and a member of the Acupuncture Research Resource Centre's Management Group. Nicola is Independent Chair of the General Naturopathic Council facilitating the regulatory work carried out by the Prince of Wales's Foundation for Integrated Health. She is on the International Advisory Board for Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, associate editor of the NHS National Electronic Library for Health CAM Specialist Library, a non executive Director of the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research (ISCMR), a member of the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Complementary Therapies Clinical Studies Development Group and a Chair of the Research Council for Complementary Medicine Research (RCCM).
Nicola has conducted various research projects, written over 130 scientific articles in peer reviewed journals, prepared scientific reports and presented research at local, national and international conferences. She has had considerable research experience in public health that has covered a wide range of subject arenas including: complementary medicine, palliative care, mental health, diabetes, coronary heart disease, HIV disease, housing and unemployment.
She has been involved in undergraduate and postgraduate education and has taught epidemiology and health services research and has been instrumental in developing the current complementary medicine provision for Thames Valley University . She is a referee for The Journal of Advanced Nursing, HIV Clinical Trials and Diabetic Medicine and has previously peer reviewed research grants for the National Health Service Executive (London Regional Office) and the Hong Kong Government. She was previously an external examiner for the Masters Course in Traditional Chinese Medicine (Northern College of Acupuncture) validated by the University of Wales . She is currently supervising six PhD students at Thames Valley University .
As an active researcher, she is keen to further develop the research focus for the Centre and encourage multidisciplinary collaboration both locally, nationally and internationally