Honorary Senior Fellow
PhD, FRCP (Hon), FRCPE, FFPH
Professor Kelly is a Senior Visiting Fellow in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge and a member of St John’s College. Between 2005 and 2014 he was the Director of the Centre for Public Health at the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) where he led the teams producing public health guidelines. While at NICE he appeared regularly on the Today Programme and BBC, ITV and Sky Television. He has advised the House of Commons Health Select Committee and been a witness before parliamentary committees on a number of occasions. He has chaired committees for MRC/ESRC, the Foods Standards Agency.
From 2005 to 2007 he directed the methodology work stream for the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Commission on the Social Determinants of Health. This body of work was the first time that a properly evidence based approach to dealing with health inequalities had been attempted by WHO. He has a continuing interest in health inequalities and is pursuing a programme of research in Cambridge on this topic.
He read Sociology and Economics at the University of York. He undertook post graduate training in Sociology at the University of Leicester before taking his PhD in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Dundee. He has held academic appointments at the Universities of Leicester, Dundee, Abertay, Greenwich, Glasgow, Manchester, Oxford and Sheffield, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and UCL as well as Cambridge. He had an academic career lasting twenty seven years before moving into the National Health Service to lead the Research Team at the Health Development Agency and then moving on to NICE.
His research interests include the methods and philosophy of evidence based medicine, prevention of CVD, health inequalities, health related behaviour change, the causes of non-communicable disease, end of life care, dental public health and the sociology of chronic illness.
KELLY, M.P. (2019) Cognitive biases in public health and how economics and sociology can help overcome them. Public Health. 169: 163-72.
ARONSON, J.K., LA CAZE, A., KELLY, M.P., PARKKINEN, V-P., WILLIAMSON, J. (2018) The use of mechanistic evidence in drug approval. J Eval Clin Pract. 2018;24: 1166-76 http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jep.12960.
HOARE, S., KELLY, M.P., PROTHERO, L., BARCLAY, S.(2018) Ambulance practitioners and end-of-life hospital admissions: an interview study, Palliative Medicine. 32(9) 1465–1473. doi.org/10.1177/0269216318779238 http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0269216318779238
KELLY, M.P.(2018) The need for a rationalist turn in Evidence-Based Medicine. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice; 24: 1158-1165. (DOI) – 10.1111/jep.12974 http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jep.12974
KRIZNIK, N.M., KINMONTH, A.L., LING, T., KELLY, M.P. (2018) Moving beyond individual choice in policies to reduce health inequalities: the integration of dynamic with individual explanations, Journal of Public Health. https://academic.oup.com/jpubhealth/advance-article/doi/10.1093/pubmed/fdy045/4931230?guestAccessKey=af9f5249-b3b7-4270-92db-421e9c8fb5ac
KELLY, M.P., KRIZNIK, N.M.., KINMONTH, AL., FLETCHER, P.C.(2018) The brain, self and society: a social-neuroscience model of predictive processing. Social Neuroscience; 14(3): 266-276
. Social Neuroscience; 14(3): 266-276
KELLY, M.P., (2018) How to make the first thousand days count, Health Promotion Journal of Australia Health Promot J Austral. 2018; 00:1–5. https://doi.org/10.1002/hpja.58
MICHIE, S CAREY, R., JOHNSTON, M, ROTHMAN, A., de BRUIN, M., KELLY, M.P., CONNELL, L. (2018) From theory-inspired to theory-based interventions: A protocol for developing and testing a methodology for linking behaviour change techniques to theoretical mechanisms of action, Annals of Behavioral Medicine; 52:501–512 DOI:10.1007/s12160-016-9816-6
GRAY, L.A., HERNÁNDEZ ALAVA, M., KELLY, M.P., CAMPBELL, M.J. Family Lifestyle Dynamics and Childhood Obesity: Evidence from the Millennium Cohort Study, BMC Public Health. 18:500 https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-018-5398-5 https://rdcu.be/Ps9j
KELLY, M.P. (2018) Screening and Health Promotion, Medicine; 46 (7) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mpmed.2018.04.005 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1357303918300938
SZRETER, S., KINMONTH, A.L., KRIZNIK, N.M., KELLY, M.P. (2016) Health and welfare as a burden on the state? The dangers of forgetting history, The Lancet, 388: 2734-35. http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140-6736(16)32429-1.pdf
WILBERFORCE, M. CHALLIS, D., DAVIES, L., KELLY, M.P (2016) Evaluating the Experiential quality of older people’s community care: a concept mapping approach to instrument design, Value in Health, 19(7): A616 · November 2016 DOI: 10.1016/j.jval.2016.09.1553 DOI: 10.1016/j.jval.2016.09.1553
KELLY, M.P., ATKINS, L., LITTLEFORD, C., LENG, G., MICHIE, S., (2017) Evidence-based medicine meets democracy: The role of evidence-based public health guidelines in local government, Journal of Public Health. https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdx002
KELLY M.P., NOYES J., KANE R.L., CHANG C., UHL S., ROBINSON K., SPRINGS S., BUTLER M., GUISE J-M. AHRQ Series on Complex Intervention Systematic Reviews – Paper 2: Defining Complexity, Formulating Scope and Questions Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 90: 11-18 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclinepi.2017.06.012
SNIEHOTTA, F.F., ARAUJO-SOARES, V., BROWN, J., KELLY, M.P., MICHIE, S., WEST, R. Complex systems and individual-level approaches to population health: a false dichotomy? Lancet Public Health www.thelancet.com/public-health http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lanpub/PIIS2468-2667(17)30167-6.pdf
KELLY, M.P. & RUSSO, F. Causal narratives in public health: the difference between mechanisms of aetiology and mechanisms of prevention in non-communicable diseases. Sociology of Health and Illness. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-9566.12621/pdf
KELLY, M.P. & KELLY, R.S. (2017) Quantifying social influences throughout the life course: action, structure and ‘omics’, in, (eds), Meloni M., Cromby, J., Fitzgerald, P., Lloyd, S., The Palgrave Handbook of Biology and Society, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. https://link.springer.com/book/10.1057%2F978-1-137-52879-7
ATKINS, L., KELLY, M.P., LITTLEFORD, C., LENG, G., MICHIE, S. (2017) Reversing the pipeline? Implementing public health evidence-based guidance in English local government,Implementation Science. https://implementationscience.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13012-017-0589-5
HOLLANDS, G., BIGNARDI, G., JOHNSTON, M., KELLY, M.P., OGILVIE, D., PETTICREW, M., PRESTWICH, A., SHEMILT, I., SUTTON, S., MARTEAU, T. The TIPPME intervention typology for changing environments to change behaviour, Nature Human Behaviour. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-017-0140
MICHIE, S., THOMAS, J., JOHNSTON, M., MAC AONGHUSA, P., SHAWE-TAYLOR, J., KELLY, M.P., DELERIS, L.A., FINNERTY, A.N., MARQUES, M.M., NORRIS, E., O’MARA-EVES, A., WEST, R. The Human Behaviour-Change Project: Harnessing the power of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for evidence synthesis and interpretation, Implementation Science. 12:121 DOI 10.1186/s13012-017-0641-5 http://rdcu.be/wRUc