Dr Karen D Coulman

B.Sc.(Saskatchewan), M.Sc.(Toronto), PhD (Bristol)

  • BS8 1NU

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Research interests

I am an applied health researcher and specialist dietitian having worked in the field of obesity (NHS and research) for 15 years. My current research focuses on improving access to obesity interventions and healthcare for people living with obesity including underrepresented groups such as people with mental health difficulties and learning disabilities. I held a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Lectureship (2019-2023) based at the University of Bristol and North Bristol NHS Trust focusing on how to improve access to specialist weight management services. My PhD research (NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship) focused on the patient's perspective of bariatric surgery, including developing a core outcome set, and investigating ways to improve follow-up care. A recognised international expert in health related quality of life and obesity, I collaborate on international projects to standardise patient centred outcomes for obesity interventions. I am passionate about cross-disciplinary collaboration and am co-Director of the 'Healthy Weight' Health Integration Team through Bristol Health Partners, which aims to improve how research, policy and practice interconnect related to the prevention and treatment of obesity.

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • HEHP@Bristol
  • Centre for Academic Primary Care
  • Centre for Surgical Research


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