Helen Szoor-McElhinney

Helen Szoor-McElhinney


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Helen completed her PhD in molecular parasitology at the University of Edinburgh in the Institute of Immunology and Infection Research.

She worked as a STEMNET Ambassador during her PhD and after graduating continued working in Science Communication and Engagement in Scottish schools, colleges and universities. 

Helen is a National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) Academy Associate and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Her Public Engagement with Research was recognized as a leading example of engaged teaching and learning by the NCCPE (2018). She was selected as a keynote speaker at SciShops Europe Conference and was a co-author of the SciShops Europe Guide (2019).

Research Interests

Helen is a ESRC PhD Studentship Reviewer for Interdisciplinary Research and currently leads the Interdisciplinary Community-University Research Programme – EPSRC Our Health, at the University of Edinburgh.

EPSRC Our Health aims to tackle health inequalities through community-based participatory action research and education for sustainable development. 

Research students

Helen supervisers a PhD research student, Liam Gilchrist - How can Community Based Participatory Research be used as a framework for healthcare research with improved health outcomes in comparative public health contexts?


Helen is the course organiser for and teaches on the interdisciplinary community-based research undergraduate course Sensing in the Community at the University of Edinburgh.


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