Dr Cherie Part

Research Fellow in Medical Statistics

United Kingdom

I joined LSHTM in 2020 after completing a MSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare and a PhD in Veterinary Epidemiology at Queen's University Belfast. My PhD focussed on past and projected impacts of climate extremes on the health and welfare of intensively farmed livestock. I have continued my research interests in environmental epidemiology at LSHTM, firstly as a Research Fellow on the CHAMNHA (Climate, Heat and Maternal and Neonatal Health in Africa) project and, more recently, on the HIGH (Heat Indicators for Global Health) Horizons project. I am particularly interested in the development and application of statistical methods to assess the impacts of weather variability and climate change on maternal and neonatal health in sub-Saharan Africa. My recent research has focussed on quantifying the effects of ambient heat exposure during pregnancy on risk of adverse birth outcomes and maternal complications, and how extreme hot weather during the postpartum period affects maternal behaviours, including infant feeding practices.

I also have ten years experience in the community and voluntary sector; providing education, support, and advocacy services for disadvantaged young people, individuals living with HIV, and persons affected by mental ill health. In 2009, I co-designed and delivered the first rapid HIV testing service in Northern Ireland, which continues to operate today.


Department of Public Health, Environments and Society
Faculty of Public Health and Policy


I am a personal tutor on the intensive MSc in Public Health. I teach on the Basic Statistics for Public Health and Policy module. I am also a member of the MSc Research Ethics Committee.


Current research projects:
CHAMNHA (Climate, Heat and Maternal and Neonatal Health in Africa)
HIGH Horizons (Heat Indicators for Global Health)

Climate change
Environmental Health
Maternal health
Neonatal health
Perinatal health
Public health
Statistical methods
Research Area
Statistical methods
Disease and Health Conditions
Non-communicable diseases
South Africa
Burkina Faso
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

An expert review of environmental heat exposure and stillbirth in the face of climate change: Clinical implications and priority issues.
BONELL, A; PART, C; OKOMO, U; COLE, R; HAJAT, S; KOVATS, S; Sferruzzi-Perri, AN; Hirst, JE;
BJOG : an international journal of obstetrics and gynaecology
How do high ambient temperatures affect infant feeding practices? A prospective cohort study of postpartum women in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso.
PART, C; FILIPPI, V; Cresswell, JA; Ganaba, R; HAJAT, S; Nakstad, B; Roos, N; Kadio, K; Chersich, M; Lusambili, A; Kouanda, S; KOVATS, S;
BMJ open
Past and projected climate change impacts on heat-related child mortality in Africa
Chapman, S; Birch, CE; Marsham, JH; PART, C; HAJAT, S; Chersich, MF; Ebi, KL; Luchters, S; Nakstad, B; KOVATS, S;
Environmental Research Letters
Associations between ambient temperature and risk of preterm birth in Sweden: A comparison of analytical approaches.
De Bont, J; Stafoggia, M; Nakstad, B; HAJAT, S; KOVATS, S; PART, C; Chersich, M; Luchters, S; FILIPPI, V; Stephansson, O; Ljungman, P; Roos, N;
Environmental Research
Ambient temperature during pregnancy and risk of maternal hypertensive disorders: A time-to-event study in Johannesburg, South Africa.
PART, C; Le Roux, J; Chersich, M; Sawry, S; FILIPPI, V; Roos, N; Fairlie, L; Nakstad, B; De Bont, J; Ljungman, P; Stafoggia, M; KOVATS, S; Luchters, S; HAJAT, S;
Environmental research
Physiological mechanisms of the impact of heat during pregnancy and the clinical implications: review of the evidence from an expert group meeting.
Samuels, L; Nakstad, B; Roos, N; BONELL, A; Chersich, M; Havenith, G; Luchters, S; DAY, L-T; Hirst, JE; Singh, T; Elliott-Sale, K; Hetem, R; PART, C; Sawry, S; Le Roux, J; KOVATS, S;
International Journal of Biometeorology
Current and future burdens of heat-related dementia hospital admissions in England.
Gong, J; PART, C; HAJAT, S;
Environment International
Prevalence rates of health and welfare conditions in broiler chickens change with weather in a temperate climate.
Royal Society open science
Physiological, physical and behavioural changes in dogs (Canis familiaris) when kennelled: testing the validity of stress parameters.
PART, CE; Kiddie, JL; Hayes, WA; Mills, DS; Neville, RF; Morton, DB; Collins, LM;
Physiology & behavior
Modelling Farm Animal Welfare.
Collins, LM; PART, CE;
Animals : an open access journal from MDPI
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