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I am a mixed methods researcher specialising in the development and evaluation of complex behavioural interventions to improve the health and wellbeing of children and their families; ensuring that stakeholders are actively involved in both trial and intervention design from the outset.
Since 2008, I have led the development and evaluation of the Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP) through the 4 phases of the MRC framework from inception through to the definitive trial of effectiveness. The programme is a novel school-located obesity prevention intervention (funded by NIHR PHR) involving 1300 children and their families across Devon, which delivers healthy lifestyle messages using assessable and engaging delivery methods to encourage children to seek their parents support to effect change within the family. Key to engaging the children are the interactive drama activities which have been developed in collaboration with Headbangers Theatre Company.
I am also involved developing and supporting the evaluation of interventions for children’s oral health, summer sport and health programmes for disadvantaged children and local obesity management services.
I am particularly interested in capturing the mechanisms of behaviour change using process evaluation to inform the development of future interventions
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University of Exeter
Areas of expertise
Development and evaluation of complex interventions, process evaluation, childhood obesity
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