Dr Jean Adams
Senior Lecturer in Public Health & NIHR Career Development Fellow

Summary

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.

Education

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

Employment

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.

External academic service

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

Research grants awarded

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.


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