Dr Sophie Suri

ARC Research Fellow – Integrating physical health, mental health and social care

Dr Sophie Suri is a research associate in the School of Health and Life Sciences at Teesside University and a research fellow in the Integrating Physical Health, Mental Health and Social Care theme of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) North East and North Cumbria (NENC).


Sophie’s background is in sport and exercise science. She completed her BA (Sport) at Durham University in 2008 and MSc Sport and Exercise Science at Teesside University in 2013 before moving into health-based medicine.

Sophie’s own personal experiences with trauma and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) have led to her passion for empowering people to thrive with long-term health conditions. As such her work focuses on research in these areas, with particular interest in persistent pain and OCD.

She believes strongly in patient-centred holistic healthcare and is currently the Public Involvement and Community Engagement lead for the Integration theme in the NIHR ARC NENC.

Areas of interest

  • Persistent pain
  • Mental health including OCD
  • Exercise medicine
  • Holistic healthcare
  • Self-management of long-term health conditions
  • Public involvement and community engagement

Recent or relevant publications

  • Suri, S.V., Batterham, A.M., Ells, L., Danjoux, G. and Atkinson, G. (2015) ‘Cross-sectional association between walking pace and sleep-disordered breathing’, International Journal of Sports Medicine, 36 (10), pp. 843-847.
  • Atkinson, G., Danjoux, G., Ells, L., Suri, S. and Batterham, A.M. (2016) ‘Brachial artery diameter, but not flow-mediated dilation, is associated with sleep apnoea in the Multi-ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis’, Journal of Hypertension, 34 (3), pp. 410-413.