Research Fellow and Obesity Specialist Dietitian, University of Bristol

In 2016 I completed an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship investigating the patient's perspective of obesity (bariatric) surgery, including the development of a core outcome set for bariatric surgery. My PhD research also used qualitative methods to investigate patients' experiences life after bariatric surgery including experiences of NHS follow-up care. I was recently awarded an HEE/NIHR Clinical Lectureship which I began in April 2019, where my research will focus on investigating barriers to accessing specialist care for people with severe and complex obesity. I am also currently collaborating on a study to develop core quality of life measures for bariatric surgery.

I am also involved in trial methodology projects through the CONDUCT-II Hub including a project on understanding how clinicians engage with trials, and how patient and public involvement (PPI) functions in trial oversight committees.

My research interests include the psychosocial aspects of living with obesity, bariatric surgery, and other chronic diseases, trials of behavioural interventions, and how health professionals engage with trials and research.

Experience

  • 2017–present
    Obesity Specialist Dietitian, North Bristol NHS Trust
  • 2019–present
    Research Fellow (NIHR Clinical Lecturer), University of Bristol

Education

  • 2016 
    University of Bristol, PhD (Social Medicine)
  • 2015 
    University of London, Postgraduate Certificate (Clinical Trials)
  • 2004 
    Health and Care Professions Council, Registered Dietitian
  • 2003 
    College of Dietitians of Ontario, Registered Dietitian
  • 2003 
    University of Toronto, MSc (Nutritional Sciences)
  • 2000 
    University of Saskatchewan, BSc (Nutrition and Dietetics)

Professional Memberships

  • Health and Care Professions Council (Registered Dietitian)
  • College of Dietitians of Ontario (Registered Dietitian)
  • Full member of the British Dietetic Association
  • Integrated Health Member of the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS)
  • Member of the Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO)