Francine joined the School of Nursing Sciences, University of East Anglia in January 2013. She is the Director of Research and leads the Community and Family Health research theme in the School.  

Prior to this appointment she was the founding director of the Institute for Applied Health Research at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland, and previously held a chair in Public Health Nursing at the University of Leeds and an honorary appointment at Leeds NHS Primary Care Trust. She has also worked in the Universities of Leicester and QMU. She has a first degree in Psychology from the University of St. Andrews, subsequently qualified as a nurse from Lothian College of Nursing and Midwifery Edinburgh in 1983 and obtained a PhD from the University of Nottingham in 1990.  Her research interests and experience are focused on public health and primary care and include: lifestyle behaviour change; preventative care; development and evaluation of complex interventions for syndromes including urinary incontinence and delirium; decision-making; outcome measurement, quality improvement and implementation science.

Professor Cheater has held positions on research funding bodies including Department of Health (England) National Coordinating Centre for Research Capacity Development doctoral/post-doctoral and career scientist awards, National Institute for Health Research for Patient Benefit (Yorkshire & Humber) and the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) Scotland Health Services Research and Public Health committee. She is on the editorial board of the journal Quality in Primary Care.   

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