Dr Rebecca Pradeilles BSc MSc PhD

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Section of Public Health
School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)
University of Sheffield
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

Office: Room G033, Ground Floor, Regent Court

tel:  +44(0)114 222 4021
fax: +44(0)114 222 0749
email: r.pradeilles@sheffield.ac.uk


I joined the Public Health section of ScHARR in January 2015 as a Lecturer in Public Health. After training as a dietician, I completed a Masters degree in nutrition applied to low-and middle-income countries, followed by a Masters degree in epidemiology and public health. I have recently completed a PhD in Public Health at Loughborough University, focussing on neighbourhood and household socio-economic influences on diet and nutritional status in a cohort of urban South African adolescents.

Research Interests

I am interested in socio-economic inequalities relating to poor health, in particular obesity-related non communicable diseases, predominantly in African populations. My research has focussed on socio-economic factors acting at the neighbourhood and household levels in relation to nutrition and obesity, in both adolescents and adults in several African populations. I have interests in the nutrition transition occurring in low- and middle- income countries and in the assessment of diet in low- and middle-income countries, both quantitatively and qualitatively. Furthermore, obesity policy development is an integral part of my research interests.

Teaching Interests

I currently teach on the MPH course about international health policy, and health systems (including Using Policy to Strengthen Health Systems, HAR697 (face to face) and HAR6049 (distance learning)). I also supervise MPH dissertations.

PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising research students in the following areas: dietary assessment, nutrition transition in low-and middle-income countries, socio-economic inequalities in relation to diet, obesity and obesity related NCDs, obesity policy development.

Current research projects

Birth to Twenty Plus Cohort study- Africa’s largest and longest running cohort study of child and adolescent health and development. I am working in collaboration with Dr Paula Griffiths and Dr Emily Rousham from Loughborough University and researchers from the MRC/Wits Developmental Pathways for Health Research Unit, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. The aims of this particular research were to determine the socio-economic environment in which adolescents reside and relate this to their diet and nutritional status. Furthermore, the research explored the potential for religious groups such as Churches to be used as a vehicle for obesity prevention interventions in adolescents.

Previous research projects

TAHINA (Epidemiological Transition and Health Impact in North Africa), financed by the European commission. I was involved in the statistical analysis of the different anthropometric indices of overall and abdominal obesity in relation to socio-demographic characteristics among Tunisian women aged 35-70 years.

ALIMI (Food culture and migration in France, Mali and Morocco), financed by the French National Research Council.  I was involved in developing and implementing a dietary assessment tool (qualitative 7-day food frequency questionnaire and 24h recall) aimed at assessing migrants’ food habits in Casablanca. I was also involved in developing and testing a Dietary Diversity Score, Household Food Insecurity Access Scale and body satisfaction assessment.


Pradeilles, R., Griffiths, P.L., Norris, S.A, Feeley, A.B, Rousham, E.K. (2015). Socio-economic influences on anthropometric status in urban South African adolescents: sex differences in the Birth to Twenty Plus cohort. Public Health Nutrition, 11: 1-15.

Traissac, P., Pradeilles, R., El Ati, J. et al. (2015). Abdominal vs. overall obesity in a nutrition transition context: geographic and socio-economic patterns of abdominal-only obesity in Tunisia. Population Health Metrics, 13 (1).

Pradeilles, R., Rousham, E.K., Norris, S.A, Griffiths, P.L. (2014). Urban South African adolescents’ perceptions of their neighborhood socio-economic environments: The Birth to Twenty Plus cohort study. Children, Youth and Environments, 24 (3).