Dr Melissa Oldham BSc, PhD


University of Sheffield
Section of Public Health
Regent Court
Regent Street
S1 4DA

Office:  G033

Tel:  +44 (0) 114 222 0752

email: M.f.oldham@sheffield.ac.uk

I joined the University of Sheffield in 2018 as a research associate with the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group (SARG) within ScHARR.  I work primarily as a quantitative research associate examining trends in youth drinking and potential explanations for the decline in youth drinking.  I also contribute to projects which examine alcohol typologies and regional differences in drinking practices.

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

Research Interests

My research interests are trends in youth drinking, explanations for the decline in youth drinking, social practice theory and alcohol typologies.  I also have an interest in how serving sizes can influence alcohol consumption.

Key Publications

Robinson E, Oldham M, Sharps M, Cunliffe A, Scott J, Clark E, Field M. (2016). Social Imitation of Alcohol Consumption and Ingratiation Motives in Young Adults. Psychology of Addictive Behaviours, 30(4), 442-449.

Kersbergen I, Oldham M, Jones A, Field M, Angus C. & Robinson E. (Under Review). Reducing the standard serving size of alcoholic beverages prompts reductions in alcohol consumption. Addiction.