Academic Background

My primary research focus is preventative health. 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. From December 2019 I am leading a 30 month NIHR Public Health funded study which is 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

My partnership working includes Active Norfolk, Macmillan Cancer Support, Norwich City Council, Norfolk County Council and 4Women at Home Group (Housing association).

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 research adviser to the Howard League for Penal Reform and contributor to Macmillan Cancer support on cancer prehabilitation.

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