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Dr Andrew James Williams

Dr Andrew James Williams

Lecturer

 +44(0)1872 258137

 Knowledge Spa F098

 

University of Exeter Medical School, Knowledge Spa, Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, TR1 3HD

Overview

Andrew James Williams is an epidemiologist and statistician, who joined the University of Exeter as a Lecturer in Public Health in 2016.  As part of the European Centre for Environment and Human Health, Andrew is a research lead on the Smartline, Inclusivity and ‘Is 20 plenty for health?’ projects, among other projects.  He leads the Ecological Public Health and Global Public Health & Environmental Change modules as part of the Universities MSc in Environment and Human Health.  Andrew’s research interests lie in the social and cultural determinants of health (the fifth wave of public health), especially among children and young people, and the use of administrative and secondary data.

He is interested in the applications of theories such as complexity theory and salutogenesis to bring about improvements in the health of the public.  His research is often collaborative and transdiciplinary, including engaged research (such as his work with the TR14ers).  Previously Andrew was the Research Fellow in natural experimental approaches for the Farr Institute @ Scotland within the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy, University of Edinburgh.  As an epidemiologist and statistician, Andrew has a strong foundation in public health and is keen to support public understanding, use and involvement in research.

Qualifications

  • BMedSci
  • MPH
  • PhD
  • PCAP
  • FHEA

Research

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Williams A, Henley W, Frank J (In Press). Impact of abolishing prescription fees in Scotland on hospital admissions and prescribed medicines: an interrupted time series evaluation. BMJ Open Abstract.  Full text.
Doi L, Williams AJ, Frank J (2016). How has child growth around adiposity rebound altered in Scotland since 1990 and what are the risk factors for weight gain using the Growing up in Scotland birth cohort 1?. BMC Public Health, 16(1). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Williams AJ, Wyatt KM, Williams CA, Logan S, Henley WE (2015). Exploring the Potential of a School Impact on Pupil Weight Status: Exploratory Factor Analysis and Repeat Cross-Sectional Study of the National Child Measurement Programme. PLoS One, 10(12). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Williams AJ, Wyatt KM, Williams CA, Logan S, Henley WE (2014). A repeated cross-sectional study examining the school impact on child weight status. Prev Med, 64, 103-107. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Williams AJ, Henley WE, Williams CA, Hurst AJ, Logan S, Wyatt KM (2013). Systematic review and meta-analysis of the association between childhood overweight and obesity and primary school diet and physical activity policies. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act, 10 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Williams AJ, Wyatt KM, Hurst AJ, Williams CA (2012). A systematic review of associations between the primary school built environment and childhood overweight and obesity. Health Place, 18(3), 504-514. Abstract.  Author URL.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Williams A, Henley W, Frank J (In Press). Impact of abolishing prescription fees in Scotland on hospital admissions and prescribed medicines: an interrupted time series evaluation. BMJ Open Abstract.  Full text.
Cleland CL, McComb K, Kee F, Jepson R, Kelly M, Milton K, Nightingale G, Kelly P, Baker G, Craig N, et al (2019). Effects of 20 mph interventions on a range of public health outcomes using the meta-narrative method. Journal of Transport and Health Abstract.
Williams AJ, Barter T, Sharpe RA (2019). Lessons from a publicly funded tier 2 healthy weight programme in Cornwall, UK. J Public Health (Oxf) Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Buckingham S, Williams A, Morrissey K, Price L, Harrison J (2019). Mobile health interventions to promote physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour in the workplace: a systematic review. Digital Health, 5 Abstract.  Full text.
Craig P, Rahm-Hallberg I, Britten N, Borglin G, Meyer G, Köpke S, Noyes J, Chandler J, Levati S, Sales A, et al (2016). Erratum to: Researching Complex Interventions in Health: the State of the Art. BMC Health Serv Res, 16(1). Author URL.  Full text.
Doi L, Williams AJ, Frank J (2016). How has child growth around adiposity rebound altered in Scotland since 1990 and what are the risk factors for weight gain using the Growing up in Scotland birth cohort 1?. BMC Public Health, 16(1). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
(2016). Researching Complex Interventions in Health: the State of the Art : Exeter, UK. 14-15 October 2015. BMC Health Serv Res, 16 Suppl 1 Author URL.  Full text.
Atherton IM, Lynch E, Williams AJ, Witham MD (2015). Barriers and Solutions to Linking and Using Health and Social Care Data in Scotland. BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK, 45(5), 1614-1622. Author URL.
Williams AJ, Wyatt KM, Williams CA, Logan S, Henley WE (2015). Exploring the Potential of a School Impact on Pupil Weight Status: Exploratory Factor Analysis and Repeat Cross-Sectional Study of the National Child Measurement Programme. PLoS One, 10(12). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Frank J, Bromley C, Doi L, Estrade M, Jepson R, McAteer J, Robertson T, Treanor M, Williams A (2015). Seven key investments for health equity across the lifecourse: Scotland versus the rest of the UK. Soc Sci Med, 140, 136-146. Abstract.  Author URL.
Williams AJ, Wyatt KM, Williams CA, Logan S, Henley WE (2014). A repeated cross-sectional study examining the school impact on child weight status. Prev Med, 64, 103-107. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Williams AJ, Henley WE, Williams CA, Hurst AJ, Logan S, Wyatt KM (2013). Systematic review and meta-analysis of the association between childhood overweight and obesity and primary school diet and physical activity policies. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act, 10 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Williams AJ, Wyatt KM, Hurst AJ, Williams CA (2012). A systematic review of associations between the primary school built environment and childhood overweight and obesity. Health Place, 18(3), 504-514. Abstract.  Author URL.

Conferences

Jepson R, Hunter R, Williams AJ, Milton K, Foster C, Kelly M, Baker G, Turner K (2018). Is 20 Plenty for Health? Methods for an evaluation of the 20 mph/30kph speed limit in Edinburgh and Belfast on a range of public health outcomes.  Author URL.  Full text.
Williams AJ, Henley W, Frank J (2018). The results and challenges of using administrative health data within a natural experimental evaluation of the abolition of prescription fees in Scotland.  Full text.
Kelly P, Nightingale G, Williams A, Hunter R, Jepson R, Porter N, Manner J (2018). What are the preliminary findings on the impact of city-wide20mph/30kph legislation in Edinburgh and Belfast?. 7th International Society for Physical Activityand Health Congress. 15th - 17th Oct 2018. Abstract.  Full text.
Doi L, Williams AJ, Frank J (2016). Growth trajectories and their associated risk factors among children in Scotland.  Author URL.  Full text.

Reports

Beaton M, Craig N, Wimbush E, Craig P, Katikireddi V, Jepson R, Williams AJ (2014). Evaluability assessment of free school meals for all children in P1 to P3. Edinburgh, NHS Health Scotland. NHS Health Scotland,  Edinburgh, NHS Health Scotland. 0 pages.

Publications by year


In Press

Williams A, Henley W, Frank J (In Press). Impact of abolishing prescription fees in Scotland on hospital admissions and prescribed medicines: an interrupted time series evaluation. BMJ Open Abstract.  Full text.

2019

Cleland CL, McComb K, Kee F, Jepson R, Kelly M, Milton K, Nightingale G, Kelly P, Baker G, Craig N, et al (2019). Effects of 20 mph interventions on a range of public health outcomes using the meta-narrative method. Journal of Transport and Health Abstract.
Williams AJ, Barter T, Sharpe RA (2019). Lessons from a publicly funded tier 2 healthy weight programme in Cornwall, UK. J Public Health (Oxf) Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Buckingham S, Williams A, Morrissey K, Price L, Harrison J (2019). Mobile health interventions to promote physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour in the workplace: a systematic review. Digital Health, 5 Abstract.  Full text.

2018

Jepson R, Hunter R, Williams AJ, Milton K, Foster C, Kelly M, Baker G, Turner K (2018). Is 20 Plenty for Health? Methods for an evaluation of the 20 mph/30kph speed limit in Edinburgh and Belfast on a range of public health outcomes.  Author URL.  Full text.
Williams AJ, Henley W, Frank J (2018). The results and challenges of using administrative health data within a natural experimental evaluation of the abolition of prescription fees in Scotland.  Full text.
Kelly P, Nightingale G, Williams A, Hunter R, Jepson R, Porter N, Manner J (2018). What are the preliminary findings on the impact of city-wide20mph/30kph legislation in Edinburgh and Belfast?. 7th International Society for Physical Activityand Health Congress. 15th - 17th Oct 2018. Abstract.  Full text.

2016

Craig P, Rahm-Hallberg I, Britten N, Borglin G, Meyer G, Köpke S, Noyes J, Chandler J, Levati S, Sales A, et al (2016). Erratum to: Researching Complex Interventions in Health: the State of the Art. BMC Health Serv Res, 16(1). Author URL.  Full text.
Doi L, Williams AJ, Frank J (2016). Growth trajectories and their associated risk factors among children in Scotland.  Author URL.  Full text.
Doi L, Williams AJ, Frank J (2016). How has child growth around adiposity rebound altered in Scotland since 1990 and what are the risk factors for weight gain using the Growing up in Scotland birth cohort 1?. BMC Public Health, 16(1). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
(2016). Researching Complex Interventions in Health: the State of the Art : Exeter, UK. 14-15 October 2015. BMC Health Serv Res, 16 Suppl 1 Author URL.  Full text.

2015

Atherton IM, Lynch E, Williams AJ, Witham MD (2015). Barriers and Solutions to Linking and Using Health and Social Care Data in Scotland. BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK, 45(5), 1614-1622. Author URL.
Williams AJ, Wyatt KM, Williams CA, Logan S, Henley WE (2015). Exploring the Potential of a School Impact on Pupil Weight Status: Exploratory Factor Analysis and Repeat Cross-Sectional Study of the National Child Measurement Programme. PLoS One, 10(12). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Frank J, Bromley C, Doi L, Estrade M, Jepson R, McAteer J, Robertson T, Treanor M, Williams A (2015). Seven key investments for health equity across the lifecourse: Scotland versus the rest of the UK. Soc Sci Med, 140, 136-146. Abstract.  Author URL.

2014

Williams AJ, Wyatt KM, Williams CA, Logan S, Henley WE (2014). A repeated cross-sectional study examining the school impact on child weight status. Prev Med, 64, 103-107. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Williams AJ (2014). Determination of school-based contextual factors and their associations with the prevalence of overweight and obese children.  Abstract.
Beaton M, Craig N, Wimbush E, Craig P, Katikireddi V, Jepson R, Williams AJ (2014). Evaluability assessment of free school meals for all children in P1 to P3. Edinburgh, NHS Health Scotland. NHS Health Scotland,  Edinburgh, NHS Health Scotland. 0 pages.

2013

Williams AJ, Henley WE, Williams CA, Hurst AJ, Logan S, Wyatt KM (2013). Systematic review and meta-analysis of the association between childhood overweight and obesity and primary school diet and physical activity policies. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act, 10 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

2012

Williams AJ, Wyatt KM, Hurst AJ, Williams CA (2012). A systematic review of associations between the primary school built environment and childhood overweight and obesity. Health Place, 18(3), 504-514. Abstract.  Author URL.

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External Engagement and Impact

Committee/panel activities

2015-present – Radical Statistics group (http://www.radstats.org.uk/) troika member


Invited lectures

October 2015 – ‘Evaluation gone wild: using natural experimental approaches to evaluate complex interventions’ at Researching complex interventions in health: the state of the art, University of Exeter (organised by David Richards and Ingalill Rahm-Hallberg).


Media Coverage

2014-present – Royal Statistical Society Statistical Ambassador (https://www.statslife.org.uk/features/1959-rss-holds-first-training-day-for-new-statistical-ambassadors)

Supervision / Group

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