Professor Shantini Paranjothy

Professor Shantini Paranjothy
MBBCh, MSc Medical Statistics, PhD, FFPH

Clinical Chair in Public Health


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Professor Shantini Paranjothy graduated from the University of Wales College of Medicine in 1995 and worked as a junior doctor in accident and emergency, obstetrics, gynaecology and sexual health in London and Chelmsford. She completed a MSc in Medical Statistics in 2000 at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and completed a PhD in Epidemiology whilst working as a Clinical Research Fellow at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecology in 2004. Shantini joined the Welsh Public Health Specialty Training Programme in 2004 and was appointed as a Walport Lecturer at Cardiff University in 2007. She completed specialist training in Public Health Medicine in 2008 and was appointed as a Clinical Senior Lecturer at Cardiff University and Honorary Consultant in Public Health at Public Health Wales NHS Trust in 2009. In 2016, Shantini was appointed as the Mansel Talbot Professor of Preventive Medicine at Cardiff University’s School of Medicine and moved to the University of Aberdeen in 2020 as a Clinical Professor of Public Health and Honorary Consultant in Public Health Medicine at NHS Grampian.


Professor Shantini Paranjothy is based in the Aberdeen Health Data Science Research Centre and leads the Centre’s research programme on understanding health and disease across the life course. Shantini has a special interest are in women and children’s health, and is experienced in conducting epidemiological studies using record-linked routinely available health and social data to study the social and environmental influences on inequalities in perinatal, child health and wellbeing. She is also an editor of the Cochrane Collaboration Fertility and Gynaecology group.


FFPH, Public Health Faculty of Public Health 2008
PhD, Epidemiology University of London London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 2004
MSc, Medical Statistics University of London London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 2000
MBBCh, Medicine University of Wales College of Medicine 1995


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  • Development of a novel motivational interviewing (MI) informed peer-support intervention to support mothers to breastfeed for longer

    Phillips, R., Copeland, L., Grant, A., Sanders, J., Gobat, N., Tedstone, S., Stanton, H., Merrett, L., Rollnick, S., Robling, M., Brown, A., Hunter, B., Fitzsimmons, D., Regan, S., Trickey, H., Paranjothy, S.

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, vol. 18, 90

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • A novel peer-support intervention using motivational interviewing for breastfeeding maintenance: a UK feasibility study

    Paranjothy, S., Copeland, L., Merrett, L., Grant, A., Phillips, R., Gobat, N., Sanders, J., Fitzsimmons, D., Hunter, B., Regan, S., Playle, R., Brown, A., Tedstone, S., Trickey, H., Robling, M.

    Health Technology Assessment, vol. 21, no. 77

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Educational attainment at age 10-11 years predicts health risk behaviors and injury risk during adolescence

    Demmler, J., Hill, R., Rahman, M., Bandyopadhyaya, A., Healy, M., Paranjothy, S., Murphy, S., Fletcher, A., Hewitt, G., John, A., Lyons, R., Brophy, S.

    Journal of Adolescent Health, vol. 61, no. 2, pp. 212-218

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Long-term antibiotics for prevention of recurrent urinary tract infection in older adults: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised trials

    Ahmed, H., Davies, F., Francis, N., Farewell, D., Butler, C., Paranjothy, S.

    BMJ Open, vol. 7, no. 5, e015233

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Reducing low birth weight: prioritizing action to address modifiable risk factors

    Johnson, C. D., Jones, S., Paranjothy, S.

    Journal of Public Health, vol. 39, no. 1, pp. 122-131

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Does frequent residential mobility in early years affect the uptake and timeliness of routine immunisations? An anonymised cohort study

    Hutchings, H. A., Evans, A., Barnes, P., Healy, M. A., James-Ellison, M., Lyons, R. A., Maddocks, A., Paranjothy, S., Rodgers, S. E., Dunstan, F. D. J.

    Vaccine, vol. 34, no. 15, pp. 1773-1777

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Prevalence of defined ultrasound findings of unknown significance at the second trimester fetal anomaly scan and their association with adverse pregnancy outcomes: the Welsh study of mothers and babies population-based cohort

    Hurt, L., Wright, M., Dunstan, F., Thomas, S., Brook, F., Morris, S., Tucker, D., Wills, M. A., Davies, C., John, G., Fone, D., Paranjothy, S.

    Prenatal Diagnosis, vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 40-48

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Resilience and vulnerability to the psychological harm from flooding: The role of social cohesion

    Greene, G., Paranjothy, S., Palmer, S. R.

    American Journal of Public Health, vol. 105, no. 9, pp. 1792-1795

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Motivational interviewing: a key approach for supporting the transition to parenthood including breastfeeding?

    Copeland, L., Paranjothy, S.

    Perspective ? NCT?s journal on preparing parents for birth and early parenthood, vol. 27, pp. 17-20

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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