Personal profile


Dr Emma Ward a Research Fellow in Norwich Medical School, and is an Associate Tutor teaching on the SSF MRes programme. Dr Ward is an experienced mixed methods researcher and is passionate about improving outcomes for people through research. In 2016 she become a member of the UEA Addiction Research group working on studies focusing on smoking cessation. Dr Ward has a background in social work research and researching young people and vulnerable groups, drawing on experience contracted on various research projects within the UEA Centre for Research on Children and Families between 2006 and 2017.  Emma graduated in 2009 with a Social Science PhD from UEA and she was previously an undergraduate student on the UEA BSc Psychosocial Sciences programme.



UEA Addiction Research

Centre for Research on Children and Families



Key Research Interests

Research Skills

  • Project management and supervision of junior research staff/students
  • Research dissemination (publications, presentations, digital, media)
  • Funding applications
  • Systematic literature reviewing 
  • Behaviour Change Taxonomy coding
  • Randomised controlled trials including process evaluation
  • Ecological Momentary Assessment
  • Ethnographic observations
  • Focus groups
  • Research interviews (telephone, face to face, and online formats)
  • PPI 
  • Service Evaluation
  • Survey design
  • Survey statistical analysis
  • Visual methods including photo and data elicitation 
  • Document analysis
  • Thematic analysis
  • Narrative analysis
  • NVivo qualitative analysis software
  • SPSS statistic software
  • Qualtrics survey platform

Research fields

  • Addiction
  • Electronic cigarettes
  • Postnatal smoking cessation
  • Relapse prevention
  • Covid-19 and health behaviour
  • Identity
  • Children with care experience
  • Foster care and adoption 

UEA Projects:

The NeSCi Study - Neonatal unit Smoking Cessation intervention development 2018-2021 - Prof. Caitlin Notley, Dr Felix Naughton, Dr Wendy Hardeman, Prof. Paul Clarke, Dr Amy Boyle, Prof. Linda Bauld, Prof. Micheal Ussher, Tracey Brown, Dr Emma Ward, Dr Sophie Orton, Bethany Kemp, Amy Nicholls, Dr Emma Ward (NIHR) 

Investigating within-person patterns and trajectories of dual e-cigarette and tobacco use: a mixed methods study  2019-2021 - Dr Catlin Notley, Dr Felix Naughton, Dr Emma Ward, Dr Sharon Cox, Dr Allan Tyler, Prof. Lynne Dawkins, Dr Emma Beard, Dr Dominika Kwasnicka, Prof. Richard Holland (CRUK)

Research application development of Vape+ a feasibility study of incentives to continue to use e cigarettes plus community based support in vape shops for tobacco smoking cessation and relapse prevention - 2019-2020 - Dr Caitlin Notley, Dr Emma Ward, Dr Pippa Belderson (Internal funding)

Project HATCH Staying Healthy AfTer Childbirth 2017 - 2019  - Dr Caitlin Notley, Dr Emma Ward, Dr Allison Kurti, Dr Claire Adams Spears, Dr Fiona Mitchell, Dr Angelos Kassianos, Dr Jamie Payton, Dr Dian Nostikasari

ECTra Electronic Cigarette Trajectories - 2016-2020 Dr Caitlin Notley, Professor Richard Holland, Dr Lynne Dawkins, Dr Emma Ward (Cancer Research UK)

Experiences and Identity Development of LGBTQ Young People in Care - 2014-2017 Dr Jeanette Cossar, Professor Gillian Schofield, Dr Emma Ward, Dr Pippa Belderson, Dr Birgit Larsson, Dr Julia Keenen, Dr Jane Dodsworth (ESRC)

Emotional Intelligence and Performance amongst Social Workers - 2014-2016 Dr Laura Biggart, Dr Emma Ward, Laura Cook (ESRC)

Children's and Adults' Reasoning About Death - 2016 Dr Georgia Panagiotaki, Dr Michelle Hopkins, Dr Gavin Nobes, Dr Emma Ward (internal funding) 

Evaluation of the Transitions and Mentoring Service at Break - 2013-2014 Professor Gillian Schofield, Dr Emma Ward, Dr Birgit Larsson (Esmee Fairbairn Foundation).

The Development of a Proposal to Evaluate the SafeBase Intervention - 2013-2014 Dr Beth Neil, Dr Emma Ward (Halley Stewart Trust)

Contact after Adoption: Stage 3 - 2012-2013 Professor Beth Neil, Dr Mary Beek and Dr Emma Ward (Nuffield Foundation). 

Looked after Children and Offending - 2010-2011 Professor Gillian Schofield, Dr Emma Ward. Dr Laura Biggart, Dr Vicky Scaife, Dr Jane Dodsworth, Dr Birgit Larsson, Dr Alice Haynes and Nigel Stone in partnership with TACT (Big Lottery Fund).

Care Planning for Permanence in Foster Care - 2008-2010 Professor Gillian Schofield, Dr Emma Ward, Dr Mary Beek (Nuffield Foundation).

Parents of Children Growing Up in Foster Care - 2008-2009  Professor Gillian Schofield, Dr Emma Ward, Julie Young, in partnership with the University of Bergen, Norway and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden (ESRC).

Permanence in Foster Care - 2006-2007 Professor Gillian Schofield and Dr Emma Ward, in partnership with BAAF and Fostering Network (Big Lottery Fund).

Prospective Adoptive Parents - 2003-2008 PhD thesis, supervised by Dr Beth Neil in partnership with BAAF.




Teaching Interests

I have taught research methods, developmental psychology, and interpersonal communication with undergraduate and postgraduate students.  I have also demonstrated research software to students and staff. In addition to group teaching, I have supervised student interns working on research studies.

UEA teaching programmes I have contributed to include:

MRes in Social Science

BSc Psychology
MSc Child and Family Research/Psychology
Faculty of Social Science Professional and Personal Development Postgraduate Training Programme
BSc Psychosocial Sciences 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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