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Professor Jackie Campbell is an academic hybrid, initially qualifying as a physicist before working as a researcher into the processes of pain and pain relief at the Walton Hospital in Liverpool, which also confirmed her belief in multi-disciplinary working.  She has worked in the healthcare sector of higher education since 1987 and is currently the part-time Professor of Neurophysiology at the University of Northampton and Chair of the Regional Advisory Board of the NIHR East Midlands Research Design Service. She is a chartered statistician and also runs her own statistical and research consultancy business. She has considerable experience in the design, management and data analysis of research and evaluation projects, particularly in the public and voluntary sectors. She has served as the statistician member of an NHS Research Ethics Committee and teaches statistics and research methods to doctoral level.  She is a reviewer for many major funding bodies and academic journals, including membership of the statistical review panel for The Lancet group.

Research Interests

Multidisciplinary pain and neurophysiology research

  • clinical assessment of pain
  • pain management
  • quantitative sensory testing (monitoring of therapeutic outcomes on sensory system and investigation of underlying aetiology of neurological disease)
  • electrophysiological measurement of somatosensory and nociceptive pathways
  • psychophysical pain assessment
  • electrical stimulation of neural structures for pain relief
  • mechanisms of trigeminal pain
  • computer modelling of electrophysiological systems
  • use of computer simulation in modelling pain
  • balance and cognition

Statistics and quantitative data analysis

Health Services Research

Research design

Research in Allied Health Professions

Healthcare ethics

Health and social care evaluation

Project management

Research capacity development


Successfully supervised 19 doctoral students to completion.

Examined 8 PhDs, 2 DProfStudies by Public Works and 1 MPhil

Currently supervising 4 doctoral students

External Roles

  • Fellow and Chartered Statistician, Royal Statistical Society
  • Member and Chartered Physicist, Institute of Physics
  • Fellow, Royal Biological Society
  • Honorary Fellow, College of Occupational Therapists
  • Member, Physiological Society
  • Member, International Association for the Study of Pain
  • Royal Statistical Society Accreditation Assessor
  • Member, Royal Statistical Society, Statisticians for Society Scoping Committee
  • Member, Statistical panel, The Lancet journals
  • Chair, Regional Advisory Board, NIHR Research Design Service East Midlands
  • Mentor, NIHR Clinical Academic Training mentorship programme
  • Member, NIHR Health Technology Assessment programme College of Experts

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Master, M.Sc Applied Statistics, Sheffield Hallam University

Award Date: 30 Jun 2004

PGCE, Cert Ed HE/FE, Nene College/CNAA

Award Date: 30 Mar 1992

PhD, Observations on somatosensory evoked potentials recorded from within the human spinal cord, University of Liverpool

Award Date: 30 Jun 1985

Master, M.Sc Medical Physics, University of Surrey

Award Date: 30 Jun 1977

Bachelor, B.Sc(Hons) Radiation Physics with Earth Science (First Class), University of Liverpool

Award Date: 27 Jun 1975

External positions

Honorary Fellow, Pain Relief Foundation

8 Jun 2021 → …


  • QP Physiology
  • Pain
  • Statistics
  • Stabilometry
  • Neurophysiology
  • HA Statistics


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