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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 researcher with a particular interest in the physical activity, health, and wellbeing 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 conducted research and supervised undergraduate and postgraduate research projects on a wide range of physical activity topics including:

  • Schools-based physical activity
  • Physical activity among families
  • Physical activity in rural or isolated communities
  • Physical activity and learning difficulties
  • Physical activity and CFS/ME
  • Physical activity and menstruation
  • Positive and negative experiences of physical education
  • Association between weather and physical activity
  • Physical activity as a treatment for mental health
  • PA by stealth through play interventions

I have also conducted research and supervised projects on a broader range of public health issues, including:

  • Sugar consumption
  • Screen-viewing behaviours and sedentary time
  • How obesity research is portrayed on social media
  • Weight stigma
  • Social media fitness culture and mental health
  • The role of the body in adolescent girls' friendships
  • COVID-19 and lifestyle behaviours
  • Meditation for pain relief
  • Sexual health knowledge and modern contraceptive use in China
  • Rheumatoid diseases and pregnancy outcomes
  • Community-based interventions for Type 2 Diabetes and weight management
  • Health inequalities

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. 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. 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.

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 (Hons) Health and Exercise Science programme and the Professional Doctorate in Health programme, where I supervise a range of UK and international health professionals conducting impactful research studies.

Research interests:

-          Physical activity, health and wellbeing among children and young people

-          Robust evaluations of community programmes

-          Community-wide public health interventions

-          Working with local and national organisations to improve evaluation

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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Higher Education Academy

Award Date: 6 Nov 2018

External positions

Honorary Lecturer, Bristol Medical School, University of Bristol

Apr 2018May 2021

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