From February 2017, information about the work of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow is available and updated on the University of Glasgow website.

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Staff Member Biography

Frank Popham

Frank Pophamposition: Senior Research Fellow

Contact Details

email:
phone: 0141 353 7535

Address

MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit,
University of Glasgow,
Top floor,
200, Renfield Street
Glasgow
G2 3QB

Biography and Interests

Frank has a social science background and obtained his PhD in sociology and social policy from the University of Newcastle. Before joining the unit in October 2011, he had been a researcher at the Universities of Newcastle, Stirling, Edinburgh and St Andrews and had also been a lecturer at Edinburgh. His research focuses on socioeconomic inequalities in health and he has explored various aspects of this topic mainly through secondary analysis of existing datasets. Areas of particular interest are lifecourse influences on inequalities, the impact of non-employment on inequalities, social policy influences on inequalities and comparative studies of inequalities.

Publications

[in press]

Green MJ, Popham F. Lifecourse models: improving interpretation by consideration of total effects. International Journal of Epidemiology [in press]

2017

Green MJ, Espie CA, Popham F, Robertson T, Benzeval M. Insomnia Symptoms as a Cause of Type 2 Diabetes Incidence: a 20 year Cohort Study. BMC Psychiatry 2017;17:94

open access  

Minton J, Shaw R, Green MA, Vanderbloemen L, Popham F, McCartney G. Visualising and quantifying 'excess deaths' in Scotland compared with the rest of the UK and the rest of Western Europe. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2017;[epub ahead of print]

open access  

2016

Craig P, Dundas R, Leyland AH, Popham F. How successful was the English teenage pregnancy strategy? Response to Wellings K, Palmer MJ, Gear RS et al. Changes in conceptions in women younger than 18 years and the circumstances of young mothers in England in 2000-12: an observational study [letter]. The Lancet 2016;388:2604

Craig P, Katikireddi SV, Leyland A, Popham F. Natural Experiments: An Overview of Methods, Approaches, and Contributions to Public Health Intervention Research. Annual Review of Public Health 2016;38

Curnock E, Leyland AH, Popham F. The impact on health of employment and welfare transitions for those receiving out-of-work disability benefits in the UK. Social Science & Medicine 2016;162:1–10

open access  

Katikireddi SV, Niedzwiedz C, Popham F. Employment status and income as potential mediators of educational inequalities in population mental health. European Journal of Public Health 2016;26:814–816

open access  

Popham F. Converting between marginal effect measures from binomial models [letter]. International Journal of Epidemiology Journal 2016:1-3

open access  

Popham F. Re: Lies, damned lies, and health inequality measurements. understanding the value judgments [letter]. Epidemiology 2016;27:e15–e16

open access  

Seaman R, Leyland AH, Popham F. Increasing inequality in age of death at shared levels of life expectancy: a comparative study of Scotland and England and Wales. SSM-population health 2016;2:724–731

open access  

Whitley E, Benzeval M, Popham F. Associations of successful aging with socioeconomic position across the life-course: The West of Scotland Twenty-07 Prospective Cohort Study. Journal of Aging and Health 2016;[epub ahead of print]

open access  

Whitley E, Popham F, Benzeval M. Comparison of the Rowe-Kahn model of successful aging with self-rated health and life satisfaction: The West of Scotland Twenty-07 Prospective Cohort Study. The Gerontologist 2016;56:1082-1092

open access  

2015

Clemens T, Popham F, Boyle P. What is the effect of unemployment on all-cause mortality? A cohort study using propensity score matching. European Journal of Public Health 2015;25:115-21

open access  

Popham F, Williamson L, Whitley E. Is changing status through housing tenure associated with changes in mental health? Results from the British Household Panel Survey. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2015;69:6-11

open access  

Popham F. Deprivation is a relative concept? Absolutely! [editorial]. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2015;69:199-200

open access  

Robertson T, Benzeval M, Whitley E, Popham F. The role of material, psychosocial and behavioral factors in mediating the association between socioeconomic position and allostatic load. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity 2015;45:41-9

open access  

Seaman R, Dundas R, Leyland AH, Mitchell R, Popham F. How much of the difference in life expectancy between Scottish cities does deprivation explain? Calculating and decomposing inequalities across deprivation deciles. BMC Public Health 2015;15:1057

open access  

Seaman R, Popham F, Leyland A. How have trends in lifespan variation changed since 1950? A comparative study of 17 Western European countries. European Journal of Public Health 2015;26:360-2

open access  

2014

Benzeval M, Bond L, Campbell M, Egan M, Lorenc T, Petticrew M, Popham F. How does money influence health?. Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York, 2014

open access  

Campbell M, Egan M, Lorenc T, Bond L, Popham F, Fenton C, Benzeval M. Considering methodological options for reviews of theory: illustrated by a review of theories linking income and health. Systematic Reviews 2014;3:114

open access  

Gaye A, Marcon Y, Isaeva J, LaFlamme P, Turner A, Jones EM, Minion J, Boyd AW, Newby CJ, Nuotio ML, Wilson OB, Murtagh B, Demir I, Doiron D, Giepmans L, Wallace SE, Budin-Ljøsne I, Schmidt CO, Boffetta P, Boniol M, Bota M, Carter KW, deKlerk N, Dibben C, Francis RW, Hiekkalinna T, Hveem K, Kvaløy K, Millar S, Perry IJ, Peters A, Phillips CM, Popham F, et al . DataSHIELD: taking the analysis to the data, not the data to the analysis. International Journal of Epidemiology 2014;43

open access  

Robertson T, Popham F, Benzeval M. Socioeconomic position across the lifecourse and allostatic load: data from the West of Scotland Twenty-07 cohort study. BMC Public Health 2014;14:184

open access  

Shaw RJ, Benzeval M, Popham F. To what extent do financial strain and labour force status explain social class inequalities in self-rated health? Analysis of 20 countries in the European Social Survey. PLoS One 2014;9:e110362

open access  

Shaw RJ, Green MJ, Popham F, Benzeval M. Differences in adiposity trajectories by birth cohort and childhood social class: evidence from cohorts born in the 1930s, 1950s and 1970s in the West of Scotland. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2014;68:550–556

open access  

Sweeting H, Bhaskar A, Benzeval M, Popham F, Hunt K. Changing gender roles and attitudes and their implications for well-being around the new millennium. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 2014;49:791-809

open access  

Whitley E, Batty DG, Hunt K, Popham F, Benzeval M. The role of health behaviours across the life course in the socioeconomic patterning of all-cause mortality: the West of Scotland Twenty-07 prospective cohort study. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 2014;47:148-157

open access  

2013

Dibben C, Popham F. Are health inequalities evident at all ages? An ecological study of English mortality records. European Journal of Public Health 2013;23:39-45

pubmed  

Popham F, Dibben C, Bambra C. Are health inequalities really not the smallest in the Nordic welfare states? A comparison of mortality inequality in 37 countries. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2013;67:412-418

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2012

Katikireddi SV, Niedzwiedz CL, Popham F. Trends in population mental health before and after the 2008 recession: a repeat cross-sectional analysis of the 1991–2010 Health Surveys of England. BMJ Open 2012;2:e001790

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Popham F, Gray L, Bambra C. Employment status and the prevalence of poor self rated health: findings from UK individual level repeated cross-sectional data from 1978 to 2004. BMJ Open 2012;2:e001342

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Popham F, Skivington K, Benzeval M. Why do those out of work because of sickness or disability have a high mortality risk? Evidence from a Scottish cohort. European Journal of Public Health 2012;23:629-635

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2011

Dibben C, Popham F. Are socio-economic groupings the most appropriate method for judging health equity between countries? . Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2011;65:4-5

Dujardin C, Farfan-Portlet MI, Mitchell R, Popham F, Thomas I, Lorant V. Does country influence the health burden of informal care? An international comparison between Belgium and Great Britain. Social Science & Medicine 2011;73:1123-32

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Graham E, Findlay A, Manley D, McCollum D, Popham F, van Ham M. Scotland’s census as a research resource: Scotland's population 2010. Registrar General's annual review of demographic trends, Edinburgh, 2011

Mitchell R, Dujardin C, Popham F, Farfan-Portlet MI, Thomas I, Lorant V. Using matched areas to explore international differences in population health. Social Science & Medicine 2011;73:1113-22

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Norman P, Boyle P, Exeter D, Feng Z, Popham F. Rising premature mortality in the UK’s persistently deprived areas: only a Scottish phenomenon?. Social Science & Medicine 2011;73:1575-1584

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Popham F, Boyle P J. Is there a 'Scottish effect' for mortality? Prospective observational study of census linkage studies. Journal of Public Health (Oxf) 2011;33:453-8

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Popham F, Boyle P, O'Reilly D, Leyland AH. Selective internal migration: does it explain Glasgow's worsening mortality record?. Health & Place 2011;17:1212-17

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Popham F, Boyle P. Assessing socio-economic inequalities in mortality and other health outcomes at the Scottish national level: Final report . Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy, Edinburgh, 2011

Popham F. To what extent can deprivation inequalities in mortality and heart disease incidence amongst the working aged in Scotland be explained by smoking? Relative and absolute approaches. Health & Place 2011;17:1132-6

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2010

Bambra C, Popham F. Worklessness and regional differences in the social gradient in general health: evidence from the 2001 English census. Health & Place 2010;16:1014-21

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Loretto W, Platt S, Popham F. Workplace change and employee mental health: results from a longitudinal study. British Journal of Management 2010;21:526-40

Popham F, Bambra C. Evidence from the 2001 English Census on the contribution of employment status to the social gradient in self-rated health. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2010;64:277-80

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Popham F, Boyle P, O'Reilly D, Leyland AH. Exploring the impact of selective migration on the deprivation-mortality gap within Greater Glasgow. February 2010. Glasgow, 2010

open access  

Popham F, Boyle PJ, Norman P. Intergenerational social class stability and mobility are associated with large absolute differences in adult participation in sport and exercise. British Journal of Sports Medicine 2010;44:1184-5

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Popham F, Boyle PJ, Norman P. The Scottish excess in mortality compared to the English and Welsh. Is it a country of residence or country of birth excess?. Health & Place 2010;16:759-62

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2009

Boyle PJ, Norman P, Popham F. Social mobility: evidence that it can widen health inequalities. Social Science & Medicine 2009;68:1835-42

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Clemens T, Boyle P, Popham F. Unemployment, mortality and the problem of health-related selection: evidence from the Scottish and England & Wales (ONS) longitudinal studies. Health Statistics Quarterly 2009;43:7-13

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Farfan-Portet MI, Popham F, Mitchell R, Swine C, Lorant V. Caring, employment and health among adults of working age: evidence from Britain and Belgium. European Journal of Public Health 2009;20:52-7

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2008

Mitchell R, Popham F. Effect of exposure to natural environment on health inequalities: an observational population study. The Lancet 2008;372:1655-60

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Popham F, Bambra C . Movement from ill health related economic inactivity into employment and its impact on health: evidence from the Scottish Longitudinal Study. Scottish Longitudinal Study Research Working Paper 1, 2008

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2007

Mitchell R, Popham F. Greenspace, urbanity and health: relationships in England. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2007;61:681-3

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Popham F, Mitchell R. Relation of employment status to socioeconomic position and physical activity types. Preventive Medicine 2007;45:182-8

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Popham F, Mitchell R. Self-rated life expectancy and lifetime socio-economic position: cross-sectional analysis of the British household panel survey. International Journal of Epidemiology 2007;36:58-65

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Popham F, Walker JJ, Mitchell R. Could using general health and longstanding limiting illness as a joint health outcome add to understanding in social inequalities research?. Journal of Public Health 2007;29:208-10

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2006

Backett-Milburn K, Ogilvie-Whyte S, Newall E, Popham F, Houston A, Wales A. Children and young people’s concerns about their sexual health and well-being: Final report to the Scottish Executive. Edinburgh, 2006

Barnsdale L, MacRae R, McIvor G, Brown A, Eley S, Malloch M, Murray C, Popham F, Piacentini L, Walters R . Evaluation of the Airdrie sheriff youth court pilots. Edinburgh, 2006

McIvor G, Barnsdale L, MacRae R, Dunlop S, Brown A, Eley S, Malloch M, Murray C, Piacentini L, Popham F, Walters R. Evaluation of the Airdrie and Hamilton youth court pilots. Edinburgh, 2006

Popham F, Mitchell R. Leisure time exercise and personal circumstances in the working age population: longitudinal analysis of the British Household Panel Survey. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2006;60:270-4

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Popham F. Is there a 'Scottish effect' for self reports of health? Individual level analysis of the 2001 UK census. BMC Public Health 2006;6:191

2005

Loretto W, Popham F, Platt S, Pavis S, Hardy G, Macleod L, Gibbs J. Assessing psychological well-being: A holistic investigation of NHS employees. International Review of Psychiatry 2005;17:329-36

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Popham F, McIvor G, Brown A, Eley S, Malloch M, Murray C, Piacentini L, Walters R, Murray L. Evaluation of the Hamilton sheriff youth court pilot 2003-2005. Edinburgh, 2005

1998

Humphrey R, McCarthy P, Popham F, Charles Z, Garland M, Gooch S, Hornsby K, Houghton C, Muldon C. Stress and the contemporary student. Higher Education Quarterly 1998;52:221-42