I am a social and behavioural epidemiologist with research interests in socio-economic inequalities in health and health behaviours, particularly as applied to diet and food policy, aiming to conduct high quality research of national and international policy relevance. With formal training in medicine, epidemiology, health psychology and science communication, I bring a wide range of perspectives to my research and collaborate with colleagues across a variety of disciplines. To date I have published 58 papers in peer-reviewed journals and been awarded £4,430,340 of research funding, of which £1,093,136 was personal awards or as principal investigator. I have a rounded academic portfolio, with substantial experience of communication outwith academia, teaching, student supervision at all levels, staff management, and research administration and leadership.
2012 PGCert, Science Communication, with distinction, University of the West of England
2009 Member of the Higher Education Academy, through completion of the Newcastle Teaching Award, with distinction, Newcastle University
2007 MSc, Health Psychology, with distinction, City University, London
2004 PhD, Epidemiology & Public Health, Newcastle University
2001 MBBS, with distinction, Newcastle University
1998 BMedSci (Hons), Health Psychology and Psychiatry, 2:i, Newcastle University
2012-date Senior Lecturer in Public Health, Fuse - the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health & Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University
2012-15 NIHR Career Development Fellow, Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University
2008-12 Lecturer in Public Health, Fuse – the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health & Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University
2006-08 Senior Research Associate, School of Population and Health Sciences, Newcastle University
2005-09 MRC Special Training Fellow in Health of the Public Research, Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University
2005 Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Community and Behavioural Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, USA (3 months)
2004-06 Research Associate, School of Clinical Medical Sciences & School of Population and Health Sciences, Newcastle University.
2013-date Associate editor, PLOS ONE
2013-15 Chair, local organising committee, 11th Annual Scientific Meeting of the UK Society of Behavioural Medicine, Newcastle, December 2015
2012-15 General Secretary & Trustee, UK Society for Behavioural Medicine
2012 Panel member, House of Commons Health Select Committee Inquiry into Alcohol, preliminary seminar
2011-date Associate editor, BMC Public Health
2011-13 External examiner, MSc Public Health, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
2011 External examiner, Michael McKay PhD, University of Liverpool
2010-12 Panel member, North East NIHR Research for Patient Benefit funding board
2010-12 Member, Newcastle Wellbeing & Health Partnership, Healthy Lifestyles Board
2009 Member, Local organising committee, Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Social Medicine
Ongoing Peer-review of submitted manuscripts and grant applications for a wide range of journals and funding bodies
2011-date Module leader, Introduction to Quantitative Methods, MSc Public Health & Health Services Research, Newcastle University
2010-date Co-supervised four PhD students (one passed following minor corrections, one preparing minor corrections, one awaiting viva, one due to submit in August 2014)
2009 Associate of the Higher Education Academy
2002-date Deliver lecturers and seminars on various undergraduate and postgraduate courses
2002-date Successful supervision of 14 MSc projects and 11 undergraduate dissertation projects
2014-18 Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a physical activity loyalty card to maintain behaviour change: a cluster randomised controlled trial. NIHR Public Health Research Programme. £831,322. Co-applicant with E Fenwick, D French, R Hunter, W Hutchinson, F Kee (PI), A Longo, C Patterson, L Prior, M Tully & J White.
2013-17 Inequitable access to preventive and therapeutic health interventions for older people and the consequences of intervention-generated inequalities (IGIs). NIHR School of Public Health Research. £1,133,880. Co-applicant with Y Ben-Shlomo (co-PI), S Buckner, L Lafortune, N Payne, S Salway, K Walters & M White (co-PI).
2013-16 Transforming the ‘foodscape’: development and feasibility testing of interventions to promote healthier take-away, pub or restaurant food. NIHR School of Public Health Research. £446,646. Co-applicant with AJ Adamson (PI), C Abraham, V Araujo-Soares, A Lake, H Moore, C Summerbell & M White.
2013-15 Phase 2 research to support the evaluation and implementation of adult cooking skills interventions in the UK: pilot RCT with process and economic evaluation components. Department of Health, Public Health Research Consortium. £355,849. Co-applicant with, AJ Adamson, H Brown, J Halligan, N Hobbs, M Stead, D Stocken, L Vale & M White (PI).
2012-14 Parental incentives and quasi-mandatory schemes for increasing uptake of immunisations in pre-school children. NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme. £275,419. Principal applicant, with B Bateman, T Creswell, L Ternant, B Gardner-Sood, S Michie, J Shucksmith & FF Sniehotta.
2011-15 Financial incentives for improving uptake of health promoting behaviours. NIHR Career Development Fellowship. £445,474. Personal award.
2011-14 Outreach programmes for health improvement of traveller communities: a pluralistic synthesis of evidence. NIHR Public Health Research Programme. £329,179. Co-applicant, with A Bancroft, S Carr (PI), L Geddes, M Lhussier, S Michie & M Pennington.
2011-13 Do socio-economic differences in perceptions of risks to health contribute to socio-economic differences in health-promoting behaviours? British Medical Association. £34,980. Principal applicant with E Milne (co-PI), C Jagger & D Nettle.
2011 Research to support the evaluation and implementation of adult cooking skills interventions in the UK. Department of Health, Public Health Research Consortium. £24,636. Co-applicant with AJ Adamson & M White (PI).
2010-13 Evaluation of the ‘Change4Life’ convenience store programme to promote sales and consumption of fruit and vegetables. NIHR Public Health Research Programme. £1,407,206. Co-applicant, with AJ Adamson, G Cairns, S Cummins, C Donaldson, A Findlay, A Lake, S Macintyre, M Petticrew, V Ryan, L Sparks, M Stead & M White (PI). N.B. This grant was withdrawn after award due to changes in circumstances making the project unfeasible (final value awarded: £79,380).
2010-13 Intervention generated inequalities in primary health care. E-health ESRC studentship (awarded to Lynne Forrest). £45,000. Principal applicant, with G Rubin & M White.
2010-13 Inequalities in cancer diagnosis in primary care. E-health ESRC studentship (awarded to Helen Wareham). £45,000 Co-applicant, with G Rubin (PI) & J Wilkinson
2010-12 Evaluation of the School Sport Partnership Dance Mat Scheme in Redcar & Cleveland and Middlesbrough: The "IDEAS" study (Impact of Dance Exercise Activity in Schools) North Tees Primary Care Trust. £91,312. Co-applicant with L Azevedo, A Batterham (PI), D Burges Watson & C Lock.
2009 The new TV diet – evaluating the effect of the UK 2007 OfCom restrictions on television food advertising to children. National Prevention Research Initiative. £92,198. Principal applicant with AJ Adamson & M White.
2005-09 MRC Special Training Fellowship in Health Services and Health of the Public Research. £157,565. Personal award.
2001-04 Faculty of Public Health Medicine and BUPA Joint Research Fellowship. £42,500. Personal award.