Dr Melissa Oldham

BSc, PhD

School of Health and Related Research

Honorary Research Fellow

+44 114 222 0752

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Dr Melissa Oldham
School of Health and Related Research
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

I joined the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group at the University of Sheffield in 2018. I work as the lead quantitative research associate researching declines in youth drinking. Specifically, I examine whether declines in youth drinking are consistent across the population and how declining youth drinking fits in to wider changes in youth culture.

I contribute to several projects examining how drinking contexts relate to drinking behaviour and alcohol-related harms and I am currently developing a research grant focused on drinking contexts and targeted interventions.

Before joining ScHARR I worked at the University of Liverpool where I completed my PhD which examined obesity and weight perceptions within the Psychology department. Following this, I contributed as a postgraduate research associate to the I Know Food project, that examines methods of improving the sustainability of the UK food system.

Research interests

I am interested in understanding the decline in youth alcohol use and how youth culture and young people lives have changed more generally in line with declining substance use. I am also interested in social and environmental influences on health behaviour, primarily alcohol consumption, and in targeted interventions to reduce alcohol consumption.


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Theses / Dissertations

  • Oldham M (2017) Perceptions of weight status in overweight and obesity. RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching interests

PhD supervision

I currently supervise the following doctoral students:

  • Olivia Sexton: Developing and validating a methodology for collecting occasional-level data on alcohol consumption

I am happy to consider supervising PhD students interested in any of the areas of alcohol and public health research discussed on this page.