Dr Katharine Roberts

PhD, MSc, RNutr

Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health

Honorary Lecturer


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Dr Katharine Roberts
Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

I am a Registered Public Health Nutritionist with a background in public health analysis, research and policy development relating to diet and obesity. I have worked in public health nutrition and obesity related roles at regional and national government level and have worked with local government, third sector organisations, academic teams and the commercial sector.

I was awarded a Medical Research Council doctoral studentship in 2011 at ScHARR which I completed in 2017. The focus of my thesis was to explore dietary patterns and measures of diet quality in UK adults and to investigate associations with socioeconomic variables and BMI. I held a senior role in the National Obesity Observatory from 2007 until 2014 where I developed guidance and delivered training on evaluation of weight management and dietary interventions for public health practitioners. I subsequently worked for Public Health England where my work included evidence review for the PHE sugar reduction programme, the evaluation of the Child Obesity Plan and nutrition intelligence analysis to support the work of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition.

I have been a freelance public health researcher since August 2018 and also hold an Honorary Lectureship at SCHARR. My most recent publication was a collaboration examining the relationship between BMI, fast food outlets, diet quality and deprivation through analyses of data from the Yorkshire Health Study.

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I have a wide range of research interests including the social epidemiology of health and health inequalities, in particular in relation to obesity and diet; behaviour change theory; evaluation methods for weight and diet related interventions including development and validation of measurement tools; and infant feeding and nutrition. I am passionate about the translation of public health research into national policy and local practice and bridging the gap between these organisations.


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