Dr Humera (Meena) Plappert PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons)

Department of Social Work and Social Care
Programme Manager

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University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Meena Plappert is the programme manager for the ‘Achieving Closure’ project, exploring what happens to older people and care staff when care homes close, how best to manage closures in a way that minimises negative outcomes for older people and families, and key lessons for Councils as they manage future closures. She provides management to members of the research team while closely liaising with the management team and is responsible for the co-ordination the five workpackages across the research sites, ensuring compliance with all regulatory and administrative requirements.


  • PhD in Genetic Epidemiology, University of Birmingham
  • MSc in Genetic Epidemiology, University of Sheffield
  • BSc (Hons) in Microbiology, University of Leeds


After completing an MSc in Genetic Epidemiology at the University of Sheffield, Meena started a PhD in the department of Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Birmingham. She set up the Birmingham Prostatic Neoplasms Association Study (BiPAS) as part of her PhD, investigating the determinants of prostate cancer. She investigated the role of a number of environmental and genetic risk factors in the disease. She then went on to manage a large cohort study looking at bladder cancer recurrence and progression. She has worked on a number of randomized controlled trials investigating hypertension, stroke prevention and more recently managed a large NIHR funded programme grant in mental health.


Plappert H, Hobson-Merrett C, Gibbons B, Baker E et al. (2021), Evaluation of a primary care-based collaborative care model (PARTNERS2) for people with diagnoses of schizophrenia, bipolar, or other psychoses: study protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial. BJGP Open 2021; 5 (3): BJGPO.2021.0033

Reilly S, McCabe C, Marchevsky N, Green M, Davies L, Ives N, Plappert H, Allard J, Rawcliffe T. Gibson J. Clark M, Pinfold V, Gask L, Huxley P, Byng R, Birchwood M. (2021) Current status of primary and secondary mental health care of people with severe mental illness: an epidemiological study for the UK PARTNERS2 study. BJPsych Open. 2021 Feb 15;7(2)

Retzer A, Sayers R, Pinfold V, Gibson J, Keeley T, Taylor G, Plappert H, Gibbons B, Huxley P, Mathers J, Birchwood M, Calvert M. (2020), Development of a Core Outcome Set for use in community-based bipolar trials. PLoS One 2020 Oct 28;15(10)

Gwernan-Jones R, Britten N, Allard J, Baker E, Gill L, Lloyd H, Rawcliffe T, Sayers R, Plappert H, Gibson J, Clark M, Birchwood M, Pinfold V, Reilly S, Gask L, Byng R. (2019), A worked example of initial theory-building: PARTNERS2 collaborative care for people who have experiences psychosis in England. Evaluation. 2019 May 26;26(1)

Baker, E, Gwernan-Jones R, Britten N, Cox M, McCabe C, Retzer A, Gill L, Plappert H, Reilly S, Pinfold V, Gask L, Byng R, Birchwood M. (2019), Refining a Model of Collaborative Care for People with a Diagnosis of Bipolar, Schizophrenia or Other Psychoses in England: A Qualitative Formative Evaluation. BMC Psychiatry. 2019 Jan 7;19 (1)

Keeley T, Khan HS, Pinfold V, Williamson P, Mathers J, Davies L Sayers R, England E, Reilly S, Byng R, Gask L, Clark M, Huxley P, Lewis P, Birchwood M, Calvert M.(2015), Core outcome sets for use in effectiveness trials involving people with bipolar and schizophrenia in a community-based setting (PARTNERS2): study protocol for the development of two core outcome sets. Trials. 2015 Feb 12;16:47.

Zeegers MP, Nekeman D, Khan HS,van Dijk BAC, Goldbohm RA, Schalken J, Shajahan S, Pearlman A, Oddoux C,van den Brandt PA, Schouten LJ, Ostrer H. (2013), Prostate cancer susceptibility genes on 8p21-23 in a Dutch population Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis. 2013;Sept:16:248-253.

Khan HS, Zeegers MP, Schouten LJ, van Dijk BAC, Goldbohm RA, Schalken J, Shajahan S, Pearlman A, Oddoux C, van den Brandt PA, Ostrer H. (2011), Association between genetic marker polymorphisms on chromosome 8q24 and prostate cancer in the Dutch population Eur J Hum Genet. 2011 Jan;19(1):118-20.

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