I am social and behavioural epidemiologist with key research interests in socio-economic inequalities in health behaviours, and food policy. 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. I currently hold a Career Development Fellowship funded by the National Institute of Health Research (2012-2015) exploring the use of financial incentives on health behaviours. I previously held a Medical Research Council Health of the Public Research Fellowship (2005-09) which funded work on the role of time perspective in socio-economic inequalities in health behaviours.
I edit the Fuse Open Science blog.
My research interests are in socio-economic inequalities in health behaviours, and food policy.
I currently hold a Career Development Fellowship funded by the National Institute of Health Research (2012-2015). I am principle and co-investigator on a number of other projects.
I am currently superivising four PhD students.
2012-14 Parental incentives and quasi-mandatory schemes for increasing uptake of immunisations in pre-school children. NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme. £275,419. Principle investigator, 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 Award. £445,474. Personal award.
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. Co-principle investigator with E Milne, C Jagger & D Nettle.
2011 Research to support the evaluation and implementation of adult cooking skills interventions in the UK. Public Health Research Consortium. £24,636. Co-investigator with M White & AJ Adamson.
2011-14 Outreach programmes for health improvement of traveller communities: a pluralistic synthesis of evidence. NIHR Public Health Research Programme. £329,179. Co-investigator, with S Carr, A Bancroft, L Geddes, M Lhussier, S Michie & M Pennington.
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-investigator, with M White, AJ Adamson, G Cairns, S Cummins, C Donaldson, A Findlay, A Lake, S Macintyre, M Petticrew, V Ryan, L Sparks & M Stead. N.B. This grant was withdrawn after award due to changes in circumstances making the project unfeasible (final value awarded: £79,380).
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-investigator with A Batterham, L Azevedo, C Lock, and D Burges Watson.
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. Principle investigator with M White and AJ Adamson.
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.