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Professor Catherine HennessyResearcher


University of Plymouth

Job title

Chair in Public Health and Ageing


University of Plymouth
7 Portland Villas, Room 101
Drake Circus
United Kingdom


Social Gerontology

Specialist areas

Health and well-being of older people, especially in ethnic minority groups
Family caregiving
Health and social service provision to older people

Methodology areas

Qualitative research methods
Mixed methods research


Catherine Hennessy has held the post of Professor of Public Health and Ageing at the University of Plymouth since 2005. Her disciplinary background and training are in anthropology, public health and gerontology, and she has been a career researcher in the field of ageing. Her research has focused on older people’s health, well-being and quality of life, especially in ethnic minority populations. From 1991-2001 she conducted epidemiological and health services research in the Ageing Studies Branch at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. Catherine moved to the United Kingdom in 2001, and from 2001-2004 was Deputy Director of two UK Research Council-funded initiatives, the Growing Older Programme and the UK National Collaboration on Ageing Research (NCAR). She has extensive interests in the development and conduct of research that crosses disciplinary boundaries, and is author (with Alan Walker) of ‘Promoting Multi-disciplinary and Inter-disciplinary Ageing Research in the United Kingdom’ (Ageing & Society, 2010).