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 https://www.uea.ac.uk/uea-health-and-social-care-partners/research-groups

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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