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Dr Tom Grice-Jackson

Dr Tom Grice Jackson

Dr Tom Grice-Jackson (PhD BSc)

Research Fellow in Health Services Research
T: +44 (0) 1273 643921
Location: Room 321 Watson Building, University of Brighton, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9PH

Area of expertise: Poverty, Public Health, Social research, Psychology, Quantitative methods, Qualitative methods, Participatory methods

Research areas: Poverty and Welfare, Public Health, CVD health, Community Engagement, Participatory methods


Tom Grice-Jackson is a Research Fellow in Health Services Research. After completing an undergraduate in Psychology at the University of Essex, Tom carried out a doctoral research programme at the University of Sussex’s Department of Psychology where he investigated Empathy for Pain through a cognitive-neuroscience perspective. 

After completing his PhD Tom joined Public Health England as a behavioural Scientist where he conducted a systematic review on risk communication during public health emergencies and managed a research trial assessing UK emergency management protocols. He then moved into the central civil service as a Social researcher where he analysed, designing, and evaluated indicators of poverty in the UK. 


Tom is currently working as part of a team conducting the SPICES (East Sussex) project. It aims to use principles of participatory action research and community engagement to implement an intervention which will promote healthy lifestyles and reduce CVD risk in socially disadvantaged communities. 

The research interventions is being co-designed alongside community partner organisations and will involve training volunteer health champions to deliver a risk assessment and coaching intervention to community peers. This intervention will assess CVD risk and will promote and plan healthy lifestyle changes through peer-to-peer support. 

Selected publications

Grice-Jackson, Thomas, et al. "Common and distinct neural mechanisms associated with the conscious experience of vicarious pain." Cortex 94 (2017): 152-163. 

Grice-Jackson, Thomas, et al. "Consciously feeling the pain of others reflects atypical functional connectivity between the pain matrix and frontal-parietal regions." Frontiers in human neuroscience 11 (2017): 507.

Kershaw, A., Grice-Jackson, T., & Cranston-Turner, K. (2019). Employer Engagement Survey 2018.