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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. I am particularly interested in the science of complex adaptive systems and how best to develop programmes that consider the complexity of social systems as well as how best to capture the way in which interventions change relationships, displace existing activities and redistribute and transform resources.
I am involved in number of health service research projects to promote healthy lifestyles, wellbeing and resilience with children, parents and adults using a variety of research methods, from systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials and qualitative research designs.
I have spent a number of years leading the development and evaluation of an NIHR PHR funded school-based obesity prevention programme (HeLP) from its inception through to the definitive trial of effectiveness (completed in October 2016), involving 1,300 children and their families across Devon.
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University of Exeter
Areas of expertise
Development and evaluation of complex interventions, process evaluation, childhood obesity
Trial Manager for the Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP)
Supporting the development and evaluation of a Tier 3 obesity group-based weight management programme within the NHS
18 September 2019
New research has shown how parental engagement has a positive
effect on a child’s academic...
28 August 2019
Dr Barbara Vann has been appointed chair of the NIHR Applied
Research Collaboration (ARC) South...
15 August 2019
We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Senior Research
Fellow with expertise in qualitative...
Theme: CLAHRC - Person-Centred Care
We have been awarded funding from the National Institute for Health
Research (NIHR) to develop...
This study aims to develop a tool for doctors to help them review