Lesley Smith PhD

OxBUMP Research Group Lead and Reader Maternal and Women's Public Health

Personal Profile

Lesley's research is concerned with developing and testing measures for assessing health risk behaviours such as drinking alcohol, dietary habits and activity levels of women of childbearing age, and developing novel behavioural interventions to improve their health and well-being. A particular focus is research that seeks to understand how to improve health behaviours pre-conception and during pregnancy and how to engage under-represented women.

Current Research

  • Assessment of young people’s exposure to alcohol promotion on digital media funded by The European Foundation for Alcohol Research (ERAB)
  • Evaluation of “Stay With Your Midwife” a midwifery-led weight management programme funded by NHS England
  • Exploratory study assessing physical activity levels during pregnancy and childbirth outcomes funded by OBU and Santander student bursaries
  • Exploration of trends in alcohol consumption (update) funded by Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Postgraduate Teaching

  • MSc Public Health – Epidemiology and Data Analysis and Interpretation
  • Research Methods for Applied Health Research


Contact Details

Email: lesleysmith@brookes.ac.uk
Phone: 01865 482670
Web: http://www.swph.brookes.ac.uk/dr-lesley-smith
Twitter: @OxBUMP
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