Dr Catherine A Sharp

PhD, MScRes, BSc

  • BS8 2PS

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Catherine’s research considers how to prevent and protect both vulnerable individuals and whole populations from harm, and to support positive behaviour change to effectively promote and improve health and well-being across different stages of the life-course.

Catherine is a Senior Research Associate with a particular interest in children and young people's public health. Catherine’s is funded by NIHR SPHR to support the creation of a new South West - School Health Research Network (SW-SHRN), which will establish a method of partnership working to deliver robust and timely health student data to schools and local authorities. The SW-SHRN will collect information on student mental health, health and social well-being, and health behaviours (e.g., physical activity, alcohol), and on school health improvement policies and practices. Participating schools will be provided with tailored feedback reports to inform their action to support positive health and well-being amongst their students.

Previously, Catherine worked at Bangor University as an academic interface for Public Health Wales to conduct high-quality research to be delivered rapidly and support the development of new research areas. Her research included the following areas: physical activity, technology and health, impact of technology on parent-child interactions, gambling, adverse childhood experiences, and public engagement. In the role, Catherine led the evaluation of a national workplace physical activity intervention called ‘Time to Move’ and was involved in several national surveys which informed policy in Wales.     

Catherine completed her PhD in 2017 in the School of Psychology, Bangor University, where she supported the design of and evaluated a new healthy eating and physical activity intervention for pre-school children (Super Dynamic Food Dudes).

In 2016, Catherine became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  

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