Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Dr Bronia Arnott

Senior Research Methodologist


I am a Senior Research Methodologist with expertise in Developmental Health Psychology. My research focuses on: 

  • understanding and explaining physical and mental health 
  • developing and evaluating interventions to improve mental and physical health 

in children, young people and families. 

Research: I have worked on research projects with typically and non-typically developing young people and their families from infancy through to adolescence across a variety of topic areas including obesity, physical activity, breastfeeding, and low mood. I have experience in longitudinal studies, feasibility and pilot studies, and cluster randomised controlled trials. I have worked in large, multidisciplinary teams and on projects from a variety of different funders (ESRC, EPSRC, MRC-NPRI). I have training in both qualitative and quantitative techniques. As Senior Research Methodologist for the Research Design Service North East North Cumbria I support a wide range of researchers to develop high quality funding applications. 

Collaborations: I collaborate with a variety of research teams within Newcastle and across the UK on topics relating to developmental health psychology: including academic colleagues in: Newcastle and Cardiff (Repetitive behaviours in young children); Newcastle and Bradford (Children's active travel); York (Behavioural activation for young people); Swansea (Breastfeeding and parenting in early infancy). I am also a member of the international Attachment Synthesis Collaboration (Intergenerational transmission of attachment). To ensure impact I also work with professionals from a variety of backgrounds including Public Health practitioners and consultants in local NHS Trusts.  

Engagement: In my role as the first Fellow of the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine (UKSBM) I promoted knowledge exchange, public engagement, and political advocacy in relation to behavioural medicine in the UK. I have also served as UKSBM Web and Communications Officer for 3 years, worked as social media officer for the Newcastle Health Psychology Group and as Comms the Research Design Service North East North Cumbria. I also established the collaborative Methodology Matters Blog which aims to create discussions about methodology, research and funding. 

Public and Patient Involvement: I am passionate about involving children, young people and their families in research that will affect them.

Associate Editor: BMJ Paediatrics Open 

Impact: Impact Case Study Officer, Newcastle University




Physical Health

Promoting health

 1. 'Reflect': A feasibility study in experienced utility and travel behaviour. Led by Professor Jennifer Roberts. Funded by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

2. Sam Ginja. PhD student supervised to completion. Development and Feasibility of an intervention to promote active travel to school. 

3. 4&UPP study: How can we help parents recognise unhealthy body weight in their children?  Led by Professor Ashley Adamson. Funded as part of the National Prevention Research Initiative (NPRI) Medical Research Council (MRC) 

4. Laura Culter. PhD student supervised to completion. Parental perceptions of their child's weight status and assessment of their child's health related quality of life.  

5. Rosie Baker. Masters in Public Health student - current. A multiple methods study of healthcare professionals perspectives on breastfeeding. 

Illness, medication and treatment

1. Kay Rooney. DClinPsych student supervised to completion. Exploring adherence to anticoagulant therapy, from the patient's experience, using qualitative research methods.  

2. Ruth Struthers. DClinPsych student supervised to completion. Exploring the experiences and illness perceptions of adolescents with chronic health conditions.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

 Parent-infant interaction and outcomes

1. Bridging the Transmission Gap in Attachment: The Role of Mind-Mindedness in Mothers and Fathers. PhD project.

2. Internal working models and young children’s social-emotional development. Led by Dr Meins. Funded by ESRC. 

3. Collaboration on Attachment Transmission Synthesis Group member.

Atypical Development

1. The development of repetitive behaviours in young children. Led by Professor Leekam. Funded by ESRC.

Relationship between physical and mental health

1. BODY and mind Study: Behavioural activation for Obesity and Depression in Youth. Led by Bronia Arnott. Funded by Health Innovation Education Cluster North East.

2. Health Survey for England 2007: investigating the relationship between obesity and mental health in children and adolescents. 


I have successfully co-supervised 2 PhD students and 2 Doctorate in Cinical Psychology students to completion on topics across children and young people's health and wellbeing. I am happy to be contacted by prospective PhD students interested in developmental health psychology topics. 

I have previously successfully co-supervised 2 Psychology MSc students on topics in relation to early years development and 1 Public Health and Health Services Research MSc student. I am currently co-supervising a Maters in Public Health student.

I also have experience in teaching at both undergraduate and post-graduate level. I currently contribute towards Health Psychology teaching on the Master of Public Health programme and Qualitative Research Methods on the Masters of Pharmacy programme.