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Dr Ruth Cross


About Dr Ruth Cross

Ruth is the Course Director for Health Promotion and has oversight of the suite of courses that the health promotion team deliver in the UK, online and overseas.  Ruth is also Course Leader for the MSc Public Health Promotion (Ghana) and the BSc (Hons) Public Health (Zambia).

Ruth has a professional background in adult nursing.  She has worked in acute and emergency medicine and specialised in HIV and Infectious Diseases.  Ruth has lived and worked in Sub Saharan Africa and maintains an interest in the health issues of the region.  Ruth has worked in Higher Education since 2003 designing, teaching and facilitating learning in health promotion and public health.

Current Teaching

Level 4: Introduction to Public Health and Health Promotion
Level 4: Introduction to Psychology
Level 5: Communicating Health
Level 6: Research and Practice Development
Level 7: Health Communication
Level 7: Programme Planning
Level 7: Public Health Promotion: Foundations
MSc dissertation supervision
PhD supervision

Research Interests

Ruth's PhD explored the social construction of risk in health by young women using a post-structuralist, feminist lens.  Her research used in-depth interviews and Q methodology and considered the implications of the findings for health promotion policy and practice.

Ruth's current research in the Centre for Health Promotion Research focuses on evaluating interventions designed to support vulnerable young women and other marginalised populations (i.e. living with addiction/homeless).  Findings from these evaluations inform policy and practice.  Ruth has been involved in several different research projects with similar client groups.  Her research interests include qualitative and creative methods of investigation, feminist and critical perspectives, and the relationship between theory and practice. 

Selected Publications

Journal articles (23)

Books (4)

  • Warwick-Booth L; Cross RM (2018) Global Health Studies A Social Determinants Perspective. Cambridge: Polity.
  • Cross RM; Davis S; O'Neil I (2017) Health Communication: Theoretical and Critical Perspectives.. Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • Green J; Tones K; Cross R; Woodall J (2015) Health Promotion: Planning and Strategies. Third
  • Warwick-Booth L; Cross R; Lowcock D (2012) Contemporary Health Studies: An Introduction. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Chapters (7)

  • Warwick-Booth L; Cross R (2017) A delivery model of a gender-specific intervention approach - Lessons for policy makers. In: Nico M; Taru M Youth Knowledge book # 21 "Needles in haystacks. Finding a way forward for cross-sectoral youth policy. : Council of Europe, pp. 241-256.
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  • Cross RM (2015) Using formative assessment as part of induction. In: Kneale P Perspectives on Masters Level Teaching, Learning and Student Experience.. London: Palgrave, pp. .
  • Warwick-Booth L; South J; Cross RM; Woodall J; Day R (2014) Using the theory of change to support a health promotion intervention. In: Cases in Methodology. London: Sage, pp. .
    https://doi.org/10.4135/97814462730801420915
  • Dixey R; Cross RM; Foster S; Woodall J (2013) Foundations of Health Promotion. In: Dixey R Health Promotion: Global Principles and Practice. Wallingford: CABI, pp. .
  • Cross RM; O'Neil I; Dixey R (2013) Communicating Health. In: Dixey R Health Promotion: Global Principles and Practice. Wallingford: CABI, pp. .
  • CROSS R; LOWCOCK D (2011) Health and Health Promotion. In: JONES P; WHITE G Practicle Applications of Children's Rights: Theory, Research and Practice. London: Sage Publications, pp. 140-161.
  • CROSS R (2010) Health Promotion Theory: Models and Approaches. In: Whitehead D; Irvine F Health Promotion and Health Education in Nursing. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. .

Conference contributions (10)

  • Warwick-Booth L; Cross RM (2015) The local delivery of a gender specific intervention approach: lessons for policy makers Belfast 06/07/2015.
  • Warwick-Booth L; Cross RM (2014) The Way Forward Evaluation. Progress and findings to date Presentation Manchester 25/09/2014.
  • South J; Cross RM; Warwick-Booth L; Giuntoli G (2014) Aligning policy with social action in health and social care in England, UK - does the theory of change work? Munster, Germany 22/07/2014.
  • Cross RM; Milnes K; Rickett B; Fylan F (2012) Risk-Taking as Salutogenic: Young Women and Health. Aalborg University, Denmark 01/11/2012.
  • Cross RM; Milnes K; Rickett B; Fylan F (2012) Q Methodology: Challenges and Reflections. Leeds .
  • Rickett B; Cross R; Fylan F; Milnes K (2011) Exploring young women's accounts of health and risk - implications for policy and practice Durham, UK 11/04/2011.
  • CROSS R; MILNES K; RICKETT B; FYLAN F (2011) Exploring young women's accounts of health and risk - implications for policy and practice Durham, UK 11/04/2011.
  • CROSS R; MILNES K; RICKETT B (2011) Young women, health and risk: A Q methodological study Windsor, UK 13/07/2011.
  • Rickett B; Cross R; Milnes K; Fylan F (2010) Risking a Stigmatised Identity: A discourse analysis of young women's talk about health and risk Nottingham, UK 23/08/2010.
  • Rickett B; Cross R; Fylan F; Milnes K (2010) Taking a risk is feeling free': Risk and embodiment in young women's accounts of health Windsor, UK 01/01/2010. 2010:

Reports (8)

  • Fisher P; Warwick-Booth L; Coan S; Cross RM; Kinsella K (2017) Evaluation of Co-Production in the Weaving the Web Project FINAL REPORT.
  • Woodall J; Kinsella K; Cross RM; Bunyan A (2016) Service User Experiences of Inspiring Change Manchester. Leeds:
  • Warwick-Booth L; Cross R; Woodall J; Kinsella K; Trigwell J; Coan S (2015) The Way Forward Evaluation Final Report. Leeds Beckett University.
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  • Woodall J; Kinsella K; Cross RM (2015) Inspiring Change Manchester: Interim Report. Leeds:
  • Cross R; Bagnall L; Woodward J; Woodall J; Warwick-Booth L (2014) The WomensLink Pilot Project Evaluation Report.
  • South J; Giuntoli G; Cross R; Kinsella K; Warwick-Booth L; Woodall J; White J (2013) An evaluation of the Department of Health's Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund. Institute for Health & Wellbeing, Centre for Health Promotion Research, Leeds Metropolitan University.
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  • Warwick-Booth L; Woodall J; South J; Bagnall A; Day R; Cross R (2012) An evaluation of Sunderland Health Champions Programme. Centre for Health Promotion Research, Leeds Metropolitan University.
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  • Cross R; Kinsella K; South J (2011) An evaluation of the C-Card Scheme in Bradford District. Centre for Health Promotion Research, Leeds Metropolitan University: Bradford & Airedale NHS Trust.
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