'Best start in life' - Then what? by Michelle Black

ScHARR Black

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Tuesday 21 March 2023
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During her talk Michelle will share findings from her research which explores the relationship between development in school age children and subsequent weight and mental health in adolescence. She will discuss which aspects of child development most affect later health. Additionally she will present her longitudinal analysis identifying trajectories of child cognitive and socio-emotional development from age 3-14 years; the characteristics of those trajectories; and their associations with weight and mental health at age 14 and 17, in a UK cohort. She will discuss implications of the findings in relation to building upon 'best start in life' policy to create a child and adolescent health life course strategy aimed at reducing inequalities in adolescent health.


Michelle Black is a research fellow and public health registrar in the final stages of her NIHR doctoral fellowship on child and adolescent health inequalities at ScHARR. Her research focuses on the relationship between child development and adolescent health, beyond the 'best start in life' period. In particular this is to understand how inequalities in development in school age children affect adolescent weight and mental health. Her work involves a unique mix of epidemiological methods and knowledge mobilisation to produce actionable evidence to identify policy questions and inform policy to reduce child and adolescent health inequality. She is also a lecturer on the MPH programme at ScHARR and senior associate editor of the journal Public Health in Practice. She is also a pharmacist and prior to working in public health she worked in medicines management in primary and community care in the NHS for 17 years.

Profile: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/scharr/people/staff/michelle-black

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