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Academic Background

My primary research focus is preventative health, especially with marginalised groups. I am especially interested in taking as Asset Based approach to Communtiy Development and focusing on what makes us well (salutogenesis). This includes cancer prevention, physical (in)activity and health inequalities. I completed my PhD at Norwich Medical School in 2016 which quantified the health benefits of health walks but also their potential to increase health inequalities.

My recent work includes a  Cancer Research UK funded exploratory study on cancer risk amongst women who have suffered domestic abuse and are in the justice system. I am continuing this work generously funded by BigC, our local cancer charity, to develop a walking group based intervention which aims to increase the women’s health literacy around cancer prevention in a novel format. I am also continuing my mixed methods research working as a co-investigator on an Alzheimer’s Research UK funded study (MedEx-UK) aiming for dietary and physical activity behaviour change amongst participants at increased risk of dementia. In 2019 I was awarded funding from NIHR Public Health to explore taking a Community Asset Based approach to physical activity among more marginalised and inactive groups. I lead a UEA Health and Social Care Partners group on Hospital Associated deconditioning https://www.uea.ac.uk/uea-health-and-social-care-partners/research-groups

I am part of the SCORES project https://www.scoresproject.org/ an independent research study designed to better understand the cognitive health of athletes as they age. Our current focus is former professional footballers.

My partnership working includes Active Norfolk, Macmillan Cancer Support, Norfolk County Council and 4Women at Home Group (Housing association). My current partnership work with Norwich City Council is on Hoarding Behaviours

I teach across the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences on preventative health, public health and the important role of healthcare professionals in physical activity and movement. I lead the post-graduate Introduction to Research Methods - Qualitative Research Methods.

I am actively involved in public engagement and the promotion of science contributing to local events such as Norwich Science Festival, Pint of Science and local media. I am a member of the Norwich Institute of Healthy Ageing https://healthyageingnorwich.com/

I am a research adviser to the Howard League for Penal Reform. Currently we are particularly interested in mild traumatic head injury in women in the justice system. I am adviser to the Norfolk Green Care Network https://ngcnetwork.wordpress.com/ One of our interests is 'Green Social prescribing'

 

Key Research Interests and Expertise

My primary focus is community based preventative health: cancer prevention, physical activity and health inequalities. I lead a UEA Health and Social Care Partners group on Hospital Associated Deconditioning.

Community health walks: Pragmatic feasibility evaluation of an asset-based approach to address health inequalities (PI). National Institute for Health Research: £462,558.00 1/12/19 → 31/05/22

Hospital Associated De-conditioning study (HADS) (PI) South Norfolk CCG: £7,464.00 1/01/19 → 31/05/19

Shoulder to Shoulder: Walk and Talk (PI) The Big C Appeal: £46,733.00 1/04/19 → 30/09/20

Diet, physical activity and dementia risk in UK adults: Epidemiology and MedEx feasibility study (Co-I)

Alzheimer's Research UK: £757,734.00 1/01/18 → 30/06/20

CaPPiC: Cancer Prevention for People in Crisis (PI) Cancer Research UK: £19,867.00 1/08/16 → 31/07/18

Updating and extending a Cochrane systematic review of RCTs on the health effects of omega 3 fats (Co-I)

World Health Organisation: £88,736.00 14/07/16 → 31/12/17

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Norwich Medical School

11 Jan 201326 Jan 2016

Award Date: 21 Jul 2016

University of East Anglia

Award Date: 22 Jun 2011

Master of Education, University of East Anglia

… → 2011

Award Date: 2 Mar 2011

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