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ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Child Health and Education, Swansea University

I am an ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow in child health and education at The National Centre for Population Health and Wellbeing Research, based at Swansea University. Through my PhD, I developed the HAPPEN Wales network, a national network aimed at improving the health, wellbeing and education outcomes of primary school children across Wales. My research uses linked routine data from the SAIL (Secure Anonymised Information Linkage) databank to explore how child health and health behaviours affect educational attainment in primary school children. I also conduct evaluations of school-based interventions including curriculum-based outdoor learning and The Daily Mile. I lead a body of research examining the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on pupils, teachers and headteachers using survey data and routine records.

Prior to starting my PhD, I completed my undergraduate degree in Sports Science and a Masters in Public Health and Health Promotion

Experience

  • 2020–present
    Child health and education researcher, Swansea University

Education

  • 2020 
    Swansea University, PhD
  • 2012 
    Swansea University, MSc Public Health and Health Promotion
  • 2011 
    Swansea University, BSc Sports Science (First Class Honours)

Publications

  • 2020
    Parent recommendations to support physical activity for families with young children: Results of interviews in deprived and affluent communities in South Wales (United Kingdom), Health Expectations
  • 2020
    The Daily Mile: Whole-school recommendations for implementation and sustainability. A mixed-methods study, PLOS ONE
  • 2019
    Predictors of Objectively Measured Physical Activity in 12 month-Old Infants: A Study of Linked Birth Cohort Data with Electronic Health Records, Pediatric Obesity
  • 2019
    Curriculum-based outdoor learning for children aged 9-11: A qualitative analysis of pupils’ and teachers’ views, PLOS ONE
  • 2018
    Results From Wales’ 2018 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, Journal of Physical Activity and Health