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Prof Gina Higginbottom

gina-photoCurrent Role: please detail current role and date of appointment

The Mary Seacole Professor of Ethnicity and Community Health, School of Health Sciences, University of Nottingham 1st Feb 2015 –

Formerly Canada Research Chair in Ethnicity and Health, University of Alberta, Canada 2007-2015


Gina Higginbottom is a qualified nurse, midwife and health visitor and her clinical career as a nurse spans 22 years. Prof Higginbottom is an alumna of the Nottingham School of Nursing and completed her PhD at the University of Sheffield. She is a registered nurse in England and Canada. Prof Higginbottom is the recipient of a number of prestigious awards, a Canada Research Chair (renewed, a recognition of research excellence by peers), a Nursing Research Scholar of the Smith and Nephew Foundation, a Mary Seacole Leadership Award holder and her PhD was supported by a prestigious National Primary Care Research Fellowship, Gina was the first health visitor to receive this award. In 1998 she was awarded an MBE for services to young people and Health Promotion.

She is Visiting Professor at Sheffield Hallam University, UK and has held Visiting Professorships at the University of Sao Paolo, Riberao Preto, Brazil, the University of California Davis and the University of Pennsylvania, the United States, the University of Almeria, Spain and at the University of Karolinska, Stockholm, Sweden

Clinical/academic interests:

Interests including addressing inequalities, the navigation and receipt of health care for diverse populations in diverse care context

Primary Care/ public health nursing

Midwifery and maternity care

Research interests:

Gina’s research portfolio focuses on ethnic minority populations and immigrant health using participatory models of research. She particularly focuses on the broad issue of social exclusion and equity in health care, lay understandings of health and illness, chronic disease management in primary care, self-care strategies, the cultural congruence of health care services, access and utilization of health care services, and ethnic and cultural diversity in care giving.

A second and major theme in her research portfolio has focused on international migration and maternity, including parenting issues, early parenthood and postnatal depression in different ethnic minority groups, and experiences of diverse ethno-cultural groups during access to and navigation of maternal healthcare services.

Methodological expertise includes qualitative and mixed-methodology research genres and systematic reviews using a narrative synthesis approach. Prof Higginbottom is a trainer for ATLAS.ti ( qualitative data analysis software package.

Motivations for mentoring:

I was fortunate to receive a National Primary Care Fellowship to support my own PhD study, therefore I have some insight in to the acquisition of national awards. Prior to this I also received the Mary Seacole Award and a Smith and Nephew Foundation Fellowship. I feel I can support mentees in acquiring awards because of my track record of achievement. My career stage means have developed a wealth of knowledge regarding career progression and professional development issues, which can be utilised for the benefit of others. I am committed to leadership style focused on the facilitation of others therefore I feel my experience is an excellent ‘fit’ for the role.

My mentoring style:

Mentorship via facilitation. I have substantial experience of mentoring students, undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate fellows, and junior faculty members in the UK and in Canada. In Canada I mentored 11 international PDFs (from Brazil, New Zealand, Australian, Sweden,South Korea, Mexcio). During these mentorship relationships I received extensive feedback from mentees on the quality of the experience, working with the mentee to establish the most appropriate mentorship model/framework.

Last three publications: * denotes mentees

HIGGINBOTTOM GMA, SAFIPOUR J*, O’BRIEN B, MUMTAZ Z, PATON P, CHIU Y and BAROLIA R, (2016)*. An ethnographic investigation of maternity healthcare experience of immigrants in rural and urban Alberta, Canada: DOI: 10.1186/s12884-015-0773-z BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth.

Doi: 10.1186/s12884-015-0773-z

BRUMMELL S*, SEYMOUR J and HIGGINBOTTOM GMA, (2016). Cardio pulmonary resuscitation decisions in the emergency department: an ethnography of tacit knowledge in practice Social Science and Medicine. 47-54

Doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.03.022

HIGGGINBOTTOM GMA, VALLINATOS H, SHANKAR J, OSSWALD B and DAVEY C*, (2016). Understanding South Asian Immigrant Women’s Food Choices in the Perinatal Period International Journal of Women’s Health and Wellness. 2(1), 2:013