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Research interests


I collaborate with multi-disciplinary colleagues in academia, the NHS, local government, public health services and the public to conduct research with the aim of improving public health and reducing inequalities. My methods include systematic reviews, epidemiology, randomised controlled trials, natural experiments, qualitative methods, cost-effectiveness analysis and process evaluations with the aims to:

1. Develop and evaluate complex interventions to prevent ill health, protect and promote health, with a particular interest in children aged 0-5, their families and early years’ settings.

2. Prevent and manage obesity in children through improvement of nutrition and activity including portion size, eating practices, eating environment, indoor and outdoor activity.

3. Investigate effective methods to promote preconception health with the aim of improving maternal and infant health.

4. Evaluate the impact of health optimisation policies before surgery on inequalities.


I set up the MSc in Public Health in 2018 and co-led the course as Director for five years. I continue to teach on the MSc, tutor students and supervise dissertations. I am Specialty Tutor for public health specialty registrar training with the Severn Deanery, overseeing the academic training provided by the University of Bristol to registrars, academic clinical fellows and lecturers. I am supervising four PhD students funded by NIHR and the MRC.

External positions

Deputy Faculty Advisor South West for Faculty of Public Health

30 Apr 0001 → …

NIHR School for Public Health Research Co-lead of Children, Young People and Famlies Programme

30 Apr 000131 Mar 2031

NIHR Faculty of Public Health Public Health Research Funding Committee

28 Feb 0001 → …

Structured keywords and research groupings



  • Public Health
  • Child Health
  • Early Years
  • Obesity
  • Diet
  • Physical activity
  • RCTs


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