My research focuses on behaviour and population health using a variety of research approaches including systematic reviewing, epidemiological analyses and experimental and observational studies. My work currently covers three main areas of interest.
1.Population interventions to promote healthy eating and physical activity.
- To date this work has focussed on nutritional labelling including a Cochrane Systematic Review of the Impact of Nutritional labelling on Food Purchasing and Consumption which is currently being finalised.
- I am currently working with Heather Renwick (MSc student) and Dr Stephan Dombrowski on experimental studies exploring the effects of population interventions to promote healthy eating and physical activity on individual behaviour and cognitions.
2. Promotion of physical activity in vulnerable population groups
- Effective behaviour change techniques to promote physical activity in older adults: a Systematic review and meta-analysis. In collaboration with my undergraduate Bursary Student Aisling Gallagher-Deeks and colleagues in Psychology, Health Sciences and at King's College London.
- MOVE (Mobility and Vitality in the Environment of Older Adults). Observational study of the impact of the environment on physical activity in older adults. With colleagues in Biological and Environmental Sciences, Economic, Health Sciences and Social Sciences.
- Designing and implementing physical activity interventions for working age female carers. PhD for Shubhanna Hussain-Ahmed, supervised with Dr Sinead Currie.
3. Mobility and Older Adults
- In collaboration with Professor Suzanne Leveille at the University of Massachusetts I am working on analyses of the MOBILIZE-Boston data set exploring sleep and mobility in community living older adults.
- Colleagues in Economics and Sports Science and I are developing analyses of data from the UK-Biobank exploring relationships between diet, physical activity and mobility in older adults.
- I am currently working with colleagues from Psychology, Sports Science and Health Sciences on the application of mobile imaging technology to understanding cognition in the real world. My work is particularly focused on how we can apply this technology to falls prevention in older adults.