Children, young people & families programme, Health inequalities theme
University of Cambridge
Interested in adolescent health and health inequalities, specifically in relation to physical activity
What has been your career journey so far?
For my undergraduate degree, I studied Applied Sports Science at the University of Edinburgh. During this time I developed an interest in physical activity and population health. This motivated me to pursue a master’s degree in Physical Activity for Health, also at the University of Edinburgh. After graduating, I worked as a research assistant at the University of Cambridge on the FRESH (Families Reporting Every Step to Health) study. Whilst working at Cambridge I applied for the PhD studentship with the NIHR SPHR.
Why did you choose to do a PhD in public health research?
My undergraduate degree was very athlete centric and focused on health in relation to sports performance. As a keen sports woman I found this personally beneficial, but realised I was far more interested in research focusing on population level health.
What is your research focused on?
My research focuses on adolescent physical activity behaviour and how this might differ across socioeconomic groups.
Why is it important?
It is important to understand how socioeconomic position might influence adolescent physical activity behaviour so we can develop public health interventions which help young people to become more active regardless of their socioeconomic circumstance.
What do you like about being a part of the NIHR School for Public Health Research?
I like the network for researchers across the different NIHR institutions. It has been really beneficial to learn about research across disciples and have the support of a large research community.
What skills have you learnt and/or are hoping to learn as part of your PhD?
As part of my PhD and through the support of the NIHR SPHR I have learnt about patient and pupil involvement and engagement strategies. I have also learnt about different strategies for communicating research findings, which I would like to explore.
What do you hope to do after completing your PhD?
After completing my PhD I would like to continue working in research, I am also interesting in gaining more teaching experience