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Emma Solomon-Moore


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I joined the University of Bath in November 2017 as a Lecturer in Public Health within the Department for Health.

I am a physical activity researcher with a particular interest in the health of children, parents and families, and how community-level interventions can be used to increase population-levels of physical activity, improve public health, and reduce health inequalities. I have experience in quantitative and qualitative research, and my research has utilised both objective and self-reported measures of physical activity.

I have also supervised several undergraduate and postgraduate research projects on a range of topics including inequalities and schools-based physical activity, sugar consumption, how obesity research is portrayed on social media, social media fitness culture and mental health, physical activity and learning difficulties, and physical activity as a treatment for mental health.

I completed a PhD in Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter in 2014, evaluating ‘Devon Active Villages’ – a community-level physical activity intervention delivered to rural villages across Devon. This study was the first to use a stepped-wedge cluster randomised control trial design to evaluate a physical activity intervention.

In December 2013, I started as a Research Associate at the University of the West of England evaluating ‘Living Well, Taking Control’ – a community-based type 2 diabetes prevention and management lifestyle education programme. As part of this role, I worked with the University of Exeter Medical School as a co-applicant on the NIHR SPHR PHPES ComPoD (Community-based Prevention of Diabetes) randomised control trial.  In 2015, I joined the University of Bristol as a Senior Research Associate, project managing the British Heart Foundation-funded longitudinal study ‘B-Proact1v’, which investigated physical activity and screen-viewing behaviours among families as children progress through primary school. While at the University of Bristol, I was part of a collaborative team that received Cancer Research UK innovation funding to pilot a physical activity intervention promoting play across the lifespan.  

Since joining the University of Bath, I have developed links with a number of external organisations, including working with Wesport on the evaluation and monitoring of their Satellite Clubs and Refugee Coach Workforce programmes, and Bath & North East Somerset on their public health initiatives and their whole systems approach to obesity prevention.

I have published my research in leading peer-reviewed journals and academic conferences, and have been successful in securing in excess of £500k worth of external funding as a co-applicant on research projects (e.g., NIHR, CRUK, ESRC). I teach on both the Department for Health's BSc Health and Exercise Science programme and the Professional Doctorate in Health programme, where I supervise a range of UK and international health professionals conduct impactful research studies.

Research interests:

-          Physical activity behaviour among children, parents and families

-          Robust evaluations of community programmes

-          Community-wide public health interventions

-          The role social media plays in shaping health knowledge, views and stigma


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