Associate members – individuals

David Baxter. David is Professor and Director of the Centre for Health, Activity and Rehabilitation Research at the University of Otago, New Zealand; he is also currently Director for the New Zealand National Science Challenge for Ageing Well. David’s research expertise is in the fields of: physical activity and health; musculoskeletal pain, including low back pain; and laser medicine.  His current projects include physical activity interventions  – principally walking interventions – and physical activity screening in primary care.

Chris Booth. Professor Chris Booth is a retired consultant urologist from Colchester (UK). He set up the urology department in Colchester, establishing a national and international reputation for clinical research and service redesign and gaining regional status as a cancer centre. After leaving the NHS in 2006, Chris continued in clinical practice , worked on four different Department of Health (DH) Committees, drafted two DH reports and provided consultancy to two Primary Care Trusts and the Greater Manchester CATS (Clinical Assessment and Treatment Services) project. Chris is currently a director of the CHAPS Men’s Health Charity and Healthwatch Essex and a member of the Clinical Advisory Board for TACKLE Prostate Cancer with a brief to advise on screening and early diagnosis.

Eduardo Schwarz Chakora. Eduardo has been working on issues related to masculinities, gender and relationships as a clinical psychologist and somatic psychotherapist over the past 17 years. He has a masters’ degree in Policy and Management in Health from the University of Bologna, was general coordinator of Brazil’s National Policy for Integral Attention to Men’s Health (PNAISH), 2011-2015, and was one of those responsible for his formulation and implementation of the Brazilian Unified Healthcare System (SUS) from 2007. He is currently an independent consultant on masculinities, gender, fatherhood and health.

Morna Cornell. Dr Morna Cornell is a senior researcher and manager of the IeDEA-SA (International epidemiology Databases to Evaluate AIDS Southern Africa) scientific collaboration based at the University of Cape Town (UCT). She is also a co-investigator on the iALARM project to improve men’s linkage to HIV care. She has worked in the field of HIV/AIDS since 1992, initially as Executive Director of the South African AIDS Consortium, 1992-2000, and was a founder member of the Treatment Action Campaign. In 2014 she was awarded her PhD for a thesis on the evolution and effectiveness of the South African antiretroviral therapy programme. Morna has a particular interest in the invisibility of boys and men in HIV programmes and in public health.

Benno de Keijzer. Benno is a physician based in Xalapa, Mexico, who holds a Master’s degree in Social Anthropology and a doctorate in Community Mental Health. A previous recipient of Ashoka and MacArthur Foundation Fellowships, Benno has published two books on community participation in health and on gender and sexuality in a rural community, as well as numerous articles on men, gender and health issues. He was a co-founder of the NGO Salud y Género and co-ordinator of Cómplices por la Equidad (MenEngage/Mexico) and has 15 years’ experience of working with men who seek to renounce to violence in their intimate relationships. Since 2007, Benno has been a researcher and teacher at the Public Health Institute at Veracruz University and teaches in three Masters’ degree programmes.

Lesley Doyal. Lesley is Emeritus Professor at the University of Bristol and a Visiting Professor at the University of Cape Town. She has published widely in the field of international health and health care with a particular focus on gender. In this capacity, she has acted as a consultant for a number of organisations including WHO, UNDAW, Global Forum for Health Research and the British Council. In recent years, she has worked extensively in the area of HIV and AIDS using a combination of political economy, ethnographic and intersectional perspectives. Her latest book is entitled ‘Living with HIV and Dying with AIDS: inequality, diversity and human rights in the global pandemic’ (Ashgate 2013).

Paul Galdas. Paul is a Reader in Nursing at the Department of Health Sciences, University of York (UK). His PhD, examining the influence of masculinity on men’s help-seeking behaviour for cardiac chest pain, was awarded in 2006 from the University of Leeds (UK). He has since held academic appointments at the University of Sheffield, University of British Columbia, and University of York, where he has developed a programme of research investigating men’s help-seeking and engagement with health services in a variety of issues including coronary heart disease, depression, perinatal mental health and chronic illness. Paul has particular interest in identifying ways to integrate understandings of masculinity into the design and delivery of health services in order to make them more effective, accessible and acceptable to men.

Tracy Herd. Tracy is currently working as an independent health improvement specialist for the European Men’s Health Forum and with RBE Associates (UK). She is also an assessor for the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) Health and Wellbeing Awards. She is the former Deputy Chief Executive of the Men’s Health Forum (UK) where she was responsible for developing new programmes and service models that work better for men.  She led the Forum’s work on men and obesity, men’s health in the workplace and developed training to support health professionals to engage more effectively with men on health issues.

Paul Hopkins. Paul has an MSc in Men’s Health and studied at Leeds Metropolitan University . He has a background in nursing and public health work, with interests in social marketing and male health promotion; he has also worked in the private sector and as a Research Associate at the University of South Australia with Associate Professor Gary Misan. Paul is currently a Visiting Fellow of the University of Gloucestershire and developing the Mengage project with a focus on practical preventative health work with boys and men. He is also is a member of the Erasmus+ Project team for SSaMS (Sports Science Students as Mentors) which aims to improve the educational attainment of boys and young men through the mentoring capabilities of sports science students.

Mike Kirby. Professor Mike Kirby has expertise in all aspects of men’s health, with particular strengths in the management of diabetes, and cardiovascular risk, lower urinary tract symptoms, erectile dysfunction, and andrology. He is an Associate Member of The British Association of Urological Surgeons, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Visiting Professor to the Prostate Centre London. Mike is also editor in chief of the Primary Care Cardiovascular Journal and sits on the editorial boards of several journals including the British Journal of Diabetes and Vascular Disease and the International Journal of Clinical Practice.

Dell Lovett. Dell is a novice researcher with an extensive background in nursing in primary health care and is currently a PhD Candidate at Charles Darwin University in Darwin, Australia. Her primary research focus is primary health care providers’ practice in men’s health. Her current research study is exploring advanced primary health care providers’ experiences of good practice examples in men’s health in Australia. She is a member of the health professional education advisory group of Andrology Australia, a member of the education advisory panel for the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association and a member of the Australian Men’s Health Forum.

John Macdonald. Professor John Macdonald is the Director of the Men’s Health Information and Research Centre (MHIRC) and Foundation Chair in Primary Health Care at the Western Sydney University in Australia. John was born in Scotland, has 10 years’ experience in Zambia in Primary Health Care and education and has also been a Visiting Professor of Community and Public Health at Birzeit University in Palestine since 1994. He was a Consultant to the Australian National Male Health Policy which was launched by then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in 2010. He has been involved in suicide prevention and has directed a drop-in centre for men at risk of suicide in Western Sydney since 2004.

Matthew Maycock. Matthew is currently doing research at the Scottish Prison Service College, focusing on developing academic processes and supporting the development of a diploma that represents a significant change in the way that future Prison Officers will be trained in Scotland. Matthew was previously undertaking post-doctoral research at the Social and Public Health Scientist Unit at the Glasgow University. His research focused on masculinity and health in prisons, with a particular focus on the adaption of a health promotion intervention delivered in a number of secure institutions in Scotland. Matthew’s PhD thesis focused on masculinities in post-conflict Nepal, specifically considering the experiences of a group of recently freed bonded labourers.

Donald McCreary. Dr Donald McCreary is an independent men’s health consultant (DRM Scientific Consulting), as well as an Adjunct Professor of Psychology (Brock University, Canada). His background is in the social psychology of gender, focusing on gender role socialization and measurement. After reading David Brannon’s 1976 chapter on the blueprint for the male gender role, he began to focus more on the psychology of men, masculinity, and men’s health. Don has authored numerous papers and chapters, was the co-editor of the Handbook of Gender Research in Psychology, and served as the founding Associate Editor for two men’s health-related journals, Psychology of Men and Masculinity and the International Journal of Men’s Health.  He continues to serve on editorial boards and volunteers for men’s health-related organizations, such as the Movember Foundation.

Chirk Jenn Ng. Dr CJ Ng is Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Malaya, Malaysia. His academic interest is in men’s health, shared decision making and evidence-based medicine. He is a co-author of the first Asian Men’s Health Report and his men’s health research work focuses on men’s health-seeking behaviour, male sexual health and preventive care. CJ is a member of a national working committee to develop policies for men’s health in Malaysia and Chair of the Malaysian Clearinghouse for Men’s Health which aims to promote men’s health research, education and public activities in the country. He also organises the yearly ‘Moustache for Men’ Men’s Health Awareness Campaign at the University of Malaya Medical Centre.

Shane O’Donnell. Shane is a Marie-Curie Early Stage Researcher in the School of Nursing and Midwifery in Queen’s University Belfast, UK. His primary research focus is on men’s mental health and suicide. His current study is exploring the development of an arts-based intervention to reduce suicide risk among men using the Medical Research Council guidelines for developing complex interventions. He is the co-author of the Middle-Aged Men and Suicide in Ireland Report and a board member of  the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland. Shane has a MSc(Res) in Men’s Health and Suicide and a BSc in Sports Science. He also works on the Erasmus+ Project SSaMS (Sports Science Students as Mentors) which aims to improve the educational attainment of boys and young men through the mentoring capabilities of sports science students.

John Oliffe. Professor John Oliffe is based at the School of Nursing, University of British Columbia in Canada. His research programme in masculinities and men’s health has focused on prostate cancer, depression and suicide and men’s smoking. He is the principal investigator of a Movember-funded project titled Masculinities and Men’s Depression and Suicide. John has also collaborated on work on a range of other men’s health issues including immigrant men’s heart health, male youth sexual health, Aboriginal men’s health, incarcerated men’s health and gay men’s intimate partner violence.

Ian Peate. Ian is a Registered Nurse and a Visiting Professor at Kingston University, London and St George’s, University of London. He is Head of School at the School of Health Studies in Gibraltar. Ian is also Editor in Chief of the British Journal of Nursing and Consultant Editor of the Journal of Paramedic Practice. His key interests are nursing practice and theory, men’s health, HIV and sexual health.

Steve Petty. Steve has been in healthcare in Oklahoma for the past 30 years, working in a numbers of areas including, public relations, marketing, physician relations and business development.  For the past 22 years, he has been with INTEGRIS Health, Oklahoma’s largest health system, serving as the Administrative Director of Community,  Employee & Corporate Wellness for the state. He started the INTEGRIS Men’s Health University program in 2004, to create a consistent programme of education and awareness about the importance of men’s health in the state of Oklahoma.  The programme consists of health screenings, physician and health professional lectures and seminars for men across the state, with an emphasis on under-served and minority men.

Mahesh Puri. Dr Mahesh Puri is Associate Director at the Centre for Research on Environment Health and Population Activities (CREHPA), a national non-profit research organization based in Kathmandu, Nepal. Mahesh has been actively involved in the areas of reproductive and sexual health and rights, including gender-based violence and men’s health-related research studies and programmes, for more than 17 years in Nepal. His current research focuses on family planning, maternal and child health, gender-based violence, men’s health, unintended pregnancy and abortion. He has extensive experience of engaging concerned national level stakeholders in the research process and results uptake.

Simon Rice.  Dr Simon Rice is a Senior Research Fellow and Clinical Psychologist with Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, at The University of Melbourne (Australia). He has a joint clinical and research interest in young men’s mental health including the assessment of depression, anger and risk-taking behaviours, in addition to men’s help seeking behaviours and masculinity. Simon’s PhD developed the Male Depression Risk Scale, a multi-dimensional assessment tool for atypical or externalising symptoms of depression or distress in men. He holds a concurrent clinical position at the Youth Mood Clinic, Orygen Youth Health Clinical Program – an early intervention service for young people experiencing severe and complex depression and suicidality.

Noel Richardson. Dr Noel Richardson has extensive experience in the area of men’s health at a research, policy and advocacy level.  He is principal author of the first ever National Policy on Men’s Health, which was published in Ireland in 2009, and the follow-up National Men’s Action Plan published in 2016. He has worked as a senior researcher and policy advisor in men’s health at the Department of Health in Ireland since 2005. He is also co-author of the first European Union report on men’s health, published in 2011. Noel completed a doctoral thesis on men’s health in 2007 and has authored a number of peer-reviewed and other publications in men’s health. He is a board member of the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland and the European Men’s Health Forum.

Damien Ridge. Damien is Professor of Health Studies, and Acting Head of Psychology, at the University of Westminster, London. A specialist in patient experience, he was previously at the Health Experiences Research Group (HERG) at the University of Oxford. In 2010, the UK-wide National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) adopted his research extensively into their guidance on the management of depression in adults. In 2015, his work in originating the Atlas Men’s Wellbeing pilot programme for distressed men in primary care was shortlisted for the BMJ Award (primary care). He is a psychotherapist and social scientist, who has published over 80 academic papers and one sole-authored book, with a keen interest in working with men to improve their mental health. He is a Trustee of the CALM charity.

Steve Robertson. Steve is Professor of Men, Gender and Health at Leeds Beckett University in the UK where he is also Co-Director of the Centre for Men’s Health. He is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Men’s Health. Steve’s main interests and publications are around social theories of masculinity and their application to aspects of health and health promotion. He has also acted as a consultant on gender and men’s health to the UK Department of Health and to WHO (Europe).

Tim Shand. Tim is a PhD student and consultant exploring men’s sexual and HIV health in Malawi.  Tim previously worked for Sonke Gender Justice (South Africa), IPPF (London) and WHO (Geneva).  He holds a Public Health Masters from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and has published and spoken widely on men’s sexual health issues.

James Smith. James is the Father Frank Flynn Fellow and Professor of Alcohol Harm Minimisation at Menzies School of Health Research (Australia). He is the current Editor-in-Chief of the Health Promotion Journal of Australia and Editorial Advisory Board Member of the International Journal of  Men’s Social and Community Health. He has published widely on a range of men’s health issues, including health promotion, help-seeking and health service use, health policy, health literacy, Indigenous male health and marginalised men. He is a Fellow of the Australian Health Promotion Association and the Heart Foundation (in Australia). He also holds adjunct research positions at Charles Darwin University, Curtin University, University of Sydney and University of Saskatchewan.

Gilles Tremblay. Gilles is a professor at Laval University, Québec City (Canada) and a social worker. He has been involved in men’s issues for more than 30 years. All his research studies are in the field of studies on men and masculinities: fatherhood in underprivileged families, school achievement in boys, men’s health, depression in men, suicide, sexually abused men, etc. He has trained about 4,000 practitioners on how to work with more traditional men, especially according to the model he has developed with his colleague Pierre L’heureux. He chaired an experts committee on family homicides for the Quebec Department of Health and Social Services in 2011 and 2012.

David Weston. David is currently an MSc student in Advanced Clinical Practice which supports his role as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in the UK. He has always had a keen interest in men’s health and, once his MSc is completed, he intends to undertake a Doctorate and hopes to use an area of men’s health for his research.  He will shortly be carrying out locum work in a male prison.

Alan White. Alan is Professor of Men’s Health at Leeds Beckett University, where he was the Founder and Co-director of the Centre for Men’s Health. He was also a co-founder of the Men’s Health Forum (England & Wales) Charity and the Chair of its Board of Trustees for 12 years. He is now its Patron. Alan is currently a Board member of the International Society for Men’s Health, a Visiting Professor at the University of Malay in Malaysia and an Adjunct Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia. He has undertaken a broad range of studies into the health and wellbeing in men, including heading up an international team of academics to complete the European Commission ‘The State of Men’s Health in Europe’ Report and was a collaborator on the European Commission funded ’Role of Men in Gender Equality’ study. He has worked closely with women’s health academics across Europe on a number of key projects including the current European Commission funded study on Gender and Coronary Artery Disease (GenCAD).