Health and Wellbeing

  • Caitlin Lloyd

    Health and Wellbeing

    PhD Researcher in Health and Wellbeing (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Bristol, School for Policy Studies

    Start date: September 2015

    Research topic: Does anxiety exert a causal influence on risk for anorexia nervosa?

    My research interests surround the aetiology of psychiatric disorders, and in particular anorexia nervosa. I also have an interest in the use of methodologies that promote the validity of inferences from research findings. My PhD research seeks to address whether anxiety phenotypes have a causal influence on anorexia nervosa. I am using a range of epidemiological approaches to test my hypotheses, with the aim of triangulating findings across different studies to promote the robustness of conclusions. In addition to my PhD research, I am involved with projects that probe biological and psychological mediators of eating behaviour and disordered eating.

    Research supervisors: Dr Anne Haase (Bristol), Dr Bas Verplanken (Bath)

    Email: el15519@my.bristol.ac.uk


  • Gemma Brailey

    Health and Wellbeing

    PhD Researcher in Health and Wellbeing (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Exeter, College of Life and Environmental Sciences

    Start date: September 2016

    Research topic: Establishing physical activity patterns that are conducive to bone health in children and adolescents

    There is a large body of evidence demonstrating that high impact, dynamic physical activity (PA) performed during childhood and adolescence induces positive adaptations in bone and leads to the attenuation of a greater peak bone density in early adulthood. This has a protective effect against fracture and osteoporosis later in life. However, the exact patterns of PA (type, frequency, intensity and duration) that bring about these optimal adaptations remain unknown and so my research aims to establish these by developing a measurement technique that allows the impact of PA on bone health to be assessed in free-living situations.

    Research supervisors: Dr Victoria Stiles (Exeter), Dr Lisa Price (Exeter)

    Email: gb422@exeter.ac.uk


  • Georgia Smith

    Health and Wellbeing

    PhD Researcher in Health and Wellbeing (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Bristol, School for Policy Studies

    Start date: September 2014

    Research topic: The invisible epidemic: An exploration into the experiences, perceptions and understandings of Benzodiazepine and other medication use amongst older age groups

    Research supervisors: Dr Liz Lloyd (Bristol)

    Email: gs14219@bristol.ac.uk


  • Harriet Carroll

    Health and Wellbeing

    PhD Researcher in Health and Wellbeing (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Bath, Department for Health

    Start date: September 2015

    Research topic: Factors affecting blood sugar control and appetite regulation

    My PhD is focused on how hydration and breakfast influence blood sugar control and appetite. The first trial involves testing the acute glycaemic and appetite response after being dehydrated versus rehydrated. Studies 2 and 3 involve analysing data in order to find trends in what people eat at breakfast, how it corresponds to what they eat later in the day and certain health outcomes. The final intervention aims to investigate whether sweet food at breakfast changes what people eat later in the day, as well as whether this is metabolically a better time of day to be eating sweet.

    Research supervisors: Dr James Betts (Bath), Dr Laura Johnson (Bristol), Dr Dylan Thompson (Bath), Dr Lewis James (Loughborough)


  • Nasrul Ismail

    Health and Wellbeing

    PhD Researcher in Health and Wellbeing (ESRC +3 )
    UWE Bristol, Health and Social Sciences

    Start date: October 2017

    Research topic: Understanding the impact of macroeconomic austerity on prisoner health and wellbeing in England

    Using qualitative methods, my research will investigate the variegated, deepening impact of austerity on prisoner health and wellbeing.

     

    To date, no qualitative studies have focused on understanding the effects of austerity on prisoner health and wellbeing. The evidence is dominated by quantitative studies that make associations between fiscal consolidation and prison instability.

     

    Responding to this omission, my research will deliver four interdisciplinary work programmes, covering international, national, regional, and individual domains that will collectively explore the current disconnect between policy and practice.

     

    This research project is supported by 11 key organisations involved with prison health in England.

    Research supervisors: Dr Nick de Viggiani, Professor Christina Pantazis

    Professional memberships/Positions held: Member of Early Career Academics Network, Howard League for Penal Reform Associate Member of the Local Authorities Research Intelligence Association (LARIA) Member of the Market Research Society (MRS) SWDTP Student Representative

    Email: Nasrul.Ismail@uwe.ac.uk

    LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/nasrulismail

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/nasrulismail27

    Website/Blog: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Nasrul_Ismail


  • Rob Mann

    Health and Wellbeing

    PhD Researcher in Health and Wellbeing (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Exeter, Children’s Health & Exercise Research Centre, Sport & Health Sciences

    Start date: September 2015

    Research topic: Child and adolescent specialisation within the sport of Athletics, with a specific focus upon endurance running.

    Child and adolescent participation in the sport of endurance running has become increasingly popular within England. However, whilst this increase in participation is encouraging for the National Governing Body, England Athletics, it is coupled with poor levels of athlete retention following maturation. As a result, my PhD research will aim to investigate the possible factors contributing towards this observed phenomenon, whilst attempting to provide England Athletics with practical interventions to improve their levels of youth athlete retention. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, it is the intention of this PhD research to focus on the prevention of overtraining syndrome; effectively monitoring training-load, and improving our psychosocial understanding of what contributes towards ‘dropout’ from Athletics.

    Research supervisors: Professor Craig Williams (Exeter) , Dr Alan Barker (Bath), Professor Simone Fullagar (Exeter)

    Professional memberships/Positions held:

    • British Association of Sport and Exercise Science Member.
    • Organising Committee Member SWDTC Student Conference 2016.
    • Student Staff Liaison Committee Subject Chair: Sport and Health Sciences, 2015/16.

    Email: rm537@exeter.ac.uk

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Running_Mann_92


  • Stacey Windeatt

    Health and Wellbeing

    PhD Researcher in Health and Wellbeing (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Exeter, College of Life and Environmental Sciences

    Start date: September 2011

    Research topic: Social influence and action observation: The role of the actor in promoting recovery

    Research supervisors: Dr Mark Tarrant (Exeter), Dr Joanne Smith (Exeter), Dr Afroditi Stathi (Bath)

    Email: slmw202@exeter.ac.uk


  • Tess Legg

    Health and Wellbeing

    PhD Researcher in Health and Wellbeing (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Bath, Department for Health

    Start date: September 2016

    Research topic: Corporate influence on health science

    Health policies with potential for a profound effect on health status (such as reducing tobacco/alcohol use, and unhealthy diets) are frequently not being implemented. A major barrier to progress is the influence of corporations who prioritise profit over public health, and whose interests would be threatened by implementation of such policies.

    Through my research I will create a typology of corporate influence on health science and policy. I will explore the ways in which policy makers evaluate evidence. I will investigate policy infrastructure and draw conclusions about how the use of science in public discourse and policymaking can be improved.

    Research supervisors: Professor Anna Gilmore (Bath), Professor Stephan Lewandowsky (Bristol)

    Email: tl706@bath.ac.uk

    LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/tess-legg-1902b040

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/tess_legg


  • Tom Arthur

    Health and Wellbeing

    PhD Researcher in Health and Wellbeing (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Exeter, College of Life and Environmental Sciences

    Start date: September 2017

    Research topic: Exploring the Visuomotor Deficits in Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Recent research argues that deficits in motor functioning are a key feature of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), with renowned clumsiness and impaired motor co-ordination emerging as typical traits. My research will bring together elements from developmental psychology, neuroscience and sports science to better understand the functional deficits shown by ASD populations. Specifically, in collaboration with the Centre of Applied Autism Research in Bath, we aim to increase our understanding of how and why these motor difficulties emerge, before developing a novel intervention that can combat such deficits and enhance motor learning.

    Research supervisors: Dr Samuel Vine, Dr Gavin Buckingham, Professor Mark Brosnan

    Email: tga202@exeter.ac.uk

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/TomGArthur


  • Victoria Christodoulies

    Health and Wellbeing

    PhD Researcher in Health and Wellbeing (ESRC +3)
    University of Bath October 2018

    Start date: October 2018

    Research topic: Understanding the value of creative experiences for recovery from trauma in the context of socioeconomic inequality.

    Through innovative arts-based research methods the project seeks develop a rich and deep understanding of how individuals experience recovery from trauma through creative methods in the context of socioeconomic inequality. Furthermore investigating how stigmas within mental health and trauma effect the recovery process. The project aims to address preventative and supportive services which move beyond mind-body dualism while addressing the public pedagogy of surrounding these issues through an immersive public exhibition.

    Research supervisors: Professor Simone Fullagar, Professor Sarah Halligan

    Professional memberships/Positions held: Present Health Doctoral Student Representative and Department Peer Mentor Committee Member for Bath Science in Policy Chair for Bristol Action Medical for Research

    Email: V.A.Christodoulides@bath.ac.uk

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/victoria-christodoulides-98885552/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/VChrist0