Debra Howell

Debra Howell


Former affiliations

Personal profile

Research interests

  • Patient experiences
  • Qualitative research
  • Care pathways
  • Patient and public involvement and engagement (PPIE)

Research Group: Epidemiology and Cancer Research Group


Debra is the Deputy Director of the Epidemiology and Cancer Statistics Group (ECSG) and is a founding member of the Haematological Malignancy Research Network (HMRN), ECSG’s main research programme, which was instigated in 2004. Debra leads ECSG’s qualitative research team, and the patient and public involvement (PPI) activities associated with this work. She oversees the Yorkshire and Humberside Haematology Network (YHHN), and is responsible for managing all HMRN data collection processes.

Debra trained in Social Anthropology at Durham University and worked for several years as a researcher in southern Africa, with particular focus on the sustainable use of natural resources in Mozambique. Prior to this, Debra completed a BSc (hons) in Environmental Management at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle and worked as a Registered General Nurse, after qualifying in Leeds. Debra undertook her PhD in Health Service Research at the University of York, graduating in 2005, with a thesis focusing on pathways to diagnosis of lymphoma.


  • PhD Health Service Research, University of York
  • MA Social Anthropology, Durham University
  • BSc (hons) Environmental Management, University of Northumberland at Newcastle
  • Registered General Nurse, Leeds General Infrmary


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