Dr Hannah Reed


Senior Lecturer and Course Leader, Physician Associate MSc

Physician Associate

Contact Details

email: h.reed@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 542998

After completing an undergraduate degree in Biology, Hannah moved to Birmingham to study for her PhD in Respiratory Physiology.

She then worked for the National Poisons Information Service, advising doctors and nurses about the management of poisonings and overdoses. Following this, she undertook some research in Primary Care at Birmingham University, looking at the Primary Graduate Mental Health Workers before becoming a lecturer in Physiology, Pathophysiology and Therapeutics at Staffordshire University.

More recently, she has worked as a lecturer in Health and Social Care and as a note summariser in primary care.

Outside of work, Hannah is a mum to three children and married to a psychiatrist.



BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences, Imperial College, University of London   
Associate of the Royal College of Science    
PhD School of Sport and Exercise Science, University of Birmingham



I am module leader on MSPA4001 Clinical Science and Pharmacology and MSPA4010, the Dissertation module.

I love teaching physiology, especially whole systems physiology, pathophysiology and the biology of disease.


My previous research interests have been on looking at the effects of hypocapnia on the central respiratory rhythm and how this can be measured using heart rate variability (RSA)

I have also published work on Methanol toxicity and Primary Graduate Mental Health Worker training and the implementation of that role


Published Letters 

Cooper H, Lester H, Wilson S, Freemantle N, Riley H. Representation of South Asian people in randomised trials: ethnic origin need not be a barrier to participation. BMJ. 2003 Aug 16; 327(7411):394-5 

Publications at Refereed Conference Proceedings 

H.E.Cooper, H.E. Lester, N, Freemantle, S, Wilson. Mental Health Research in Primary Care: An Evaluation into the Effectiveness of Primary Care Mental Health Workers in the Heart of Birmingham

The Society for Academic Primary Care Annual Science Meeting, Manchester 16th-18th July 2003 

H.E. Cooper, T.H. Clutton-Brock and M.J. Parkes, Sinus arrhythmia persists at eupnoeic frequencies during breath-holding. Proceedings of The Physiological Society, Journal of Physiology 2000; 523P

H.E. Cooper, T.H. Clutton-Brock and M.J. Parkes. In humans is respiratory sinus arrhythmia reduced in normocapnia during mechanical ventilation with positive pressure when breathing is detectable? Proceedings of The Physiological Society, Journal of Physiology 2000; 525P

H.E.Cooper, T.H.Clutton-Brock and M.J. Parkes. Hypocapnia reduces respiratory sinus arrhythmia during mechanical hyperventilation in awake humans. Proceedings of The Physiological Society, Journal of Physiology. 2000; 528P

Peer-reviewed Publications 

Cooper, H. E., Clutton-Brock, T. H., & Parkes, M. J. (2004). The contribution of the respiratory rhythm to sinus arrhythmia in normal unanesthetized subjects during mechanical hyperventilation with positive pressure. American Journal of Physiology 286, H402-H411

H.E.Lester, H.E.Cooper. Training Primary Mental Health Workers: the Birmingham Experience. Education for Primary Care, Volume 14, Number 4, 1 November 2003, pp. 475-483(9)

H.E.Cooper, H.E. Lester, N, Freemantle, S, Wilson. A cluster randomised controlled trial of the effect of graduate primary care mental health workers on satisfaction, mental health symptoms and use of services: background and methodology. Primary Care Psychiatry 2003; 9(1):1-7 

Cooper, H. E., Parkes, M. J., & Clutton-Brock, T. H. (2003). CO2-dependent components of sinus arrhythmia from the start of breath-holding in Man. American Journal of Physiology 285, H841-H848

Barceloux DG, Bond GR, Krenzelok EP, Cooper H, Vale JA; American Academy of Clinical Toxicology Ad Hoc Committee on the Treatment Guidelines for Methanol Poisoning. American Academy of Clinical Toxicology practice guidelines on the treatment of methanol poisoning. J Toxicology Clin Toxicol 2002; 40(4): 415-46