PhD students

Susan Hampshaw
The use of NICE guidance in Local Government: a realist synthesis and evaluation to identify and test enabling mechanisms which may support implementation

Emma Howard-Drake 
Headteachers’ and chairs of governors’ perspectives of adolescent obesity and its prevention in English secondary school settings: A mixed methods study
I started my PhD in the Public Health section of ScHARR at the University of Sheffield in October 2014, having completed my Master of Public Health in the same department the previous year. Alongside academic study, I have and continue to work within a local authority public health team specialising in obesity, physical activity and nutrition.

Key publications
Howard-Drake EJ, Halliday V. Exploring primary school headteachers' perspectives on the barriers and facilitators of preventing childhood obesity. Journal of Public Health. 2015 Mar 5: doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdv021

Katie Marvin-Dowle: White Rose Studentship 
A comparative study of demographic and nutritional factors in relation to birth outcomes among adolescent and adult pregnant women

I began my career working as a Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Support worker and youth worker in Sheffield. Having gained experience in this field for a number of years I returned to higher education in 2006 to study Health and Human Sciences (BMedSci) at the University of Sheffield. Following my undergraduate degree I began a traineeship with East Midlands Public Health Observatory. This employment included completing a Master of Public Health degree, also at the University of Sheffield. I have remained employed with this organisation (which has now become part of Public Health England) to date, working largely on the child and maternal health and nutrition work streams.
My work history in both a practitioner role and as a public health analyst has motivated me to enter academic research, and I will begin my PhD programme in October 2014. My research will examine the impact of nutrition and lifestyle factors on pregnancy and birth outcomes in adolescent women.