Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Dr Kathryn Parkinson

Senior Research Associate


Research interests

My research interests are children’s growth and eating behaviour, childhood disability, and hazardous and harmful drinking:

Childhood growth and obesity

Eating disturbances in childhood

Body image perceptions of children

Parents' body weight perceptions of their children

Quality of life in children

Children with disabilities

Hazardous and harmful drinking in children and adults


Research roles

I am study coordinator for the following projects:

Gateshead Millennium Study (GMS)

Map Me study

Optimizing Delivery of Health Interventions study (ODHIN)

Alcohol Associated Injury in the Emergency Department study (AAIDED)


Esteem Indicators

British Psychological Society

Associate Editor, BMC Pediatrics



Adamson, Ells, Jones, Parkinson, Pearce (2012-2015) How can we help parents recognise unhealthy body weight in their children? National Prevention Research Initiative (Phase 4); £554,469.


Reilly, Wright, Adamson, Parkinson, Pearce, Basterfield (2013-2015) Excessive sitting, in prolonged bouts, in children and adolescents: Developing a sound evidence base for future interventions. Chief Scientist Office, Scotland; £224,192.