Dr Jennifer Lloyd
Senior Research Fellow in Child Health/Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP) Trial Manager
Dr Lloyd’s research interests centre on the development and evaluation of complex interventions for behaviour change in relation to promoting children’s health. For the last 6 years, she has been leading the development and evaluation of a novel school-located obesity prevention intervention called the Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP). It has followed the MRC framework for the development and evaluation of complex interventions and has gone through three stages of piloting involving six primary schools (c400 children and their families) in Exeter. 'HeLP' seeks to deliver healthy lifestyle messages using assessible and engaging delivery methods to encourage children to seek their parents support to effect change within the family. Key to engaging the children are the interactive drama activities which have been developed in collaboration with Headbangers Theatre Company. Results to date show that the Programme is acceptable and feasible to schools, children and their families and that the study design is feasible for a definitive trial. 'Proof of concept' has also been established as results from the exploratory trial showed positive changes in favour of the intervention across all targeted behaviours (snacking, screen time and physical activity) which appeared to have a sustained effect on children's weight status and body shape. Based on these pilot studies 1.4 million pounds of funding was secured from NIHR to run the definitive evaluation of ‘HeLP’ which she is now managing. The trial involves 32 schools across Devon and Plymouth and results will be available in 2016.
Broad research specialisms
- The development and evaluation of complex behavioural interventions to promote health.
- The use of Intervention Mapping to develop a behavioural intervention
- The application of cognitive theories of motivation in the development of interventions to promote health and wellbeing.
- Process evaluation
- 2013 - PhD – Preventing Childhood Obesity: Developing Complex Interventions for Behaviour Change – University of Exeter and Plymouth
- 1998 - MSc – Exercise and Sport Psychology – University of Exeter (Distinction)
- 1991 – BA (Ed) Hons – Physical Education – University of Exeter (First Class)
Understanding context is key to developing an intervention that is feasible and acceptable to the target group and having spent the past 6 years developing a complex behavioural intervention to prevent obesity in school children has led Dr Lloyd to focus on the science of complex adaptive systems in order to understand the wider ramifications of intervening and the interactions that occur not only between components of the intervention but between the intervention and the context in which it is being delivered. Interventions impact on evolving networks of person-time-place interaction, changing relationships, displacing existing activities and redistributing and transforming resources and this has implications for how interventions should be evaluated and how they could be made more effective. The Healthy Lifestyles Programme utilises a range of behaviour change techniques, however it is the dynamic interaction between these techniques, their mode of delivery, the skills and competencies of the deliverer as well as the characteristics of the participants that render them effective or not in any particular context. She is particularly interested in how context and mechanism (make up, behaviour and interrelationships of the processes) work together to deliver the outcome.
- A randomised controlled trial of the Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP) involving 32 schools across Devon and Plymouth.
- 2012 -2017:NIHR-Public Health Research Programme £1.35 million Cluster randomised controlled trial, economic and process evaluation to determine the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of a novel intervention (Healthy Lifestyles Programme, HeLP) to prevent obesity in school children
- 2008-2010: The NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Fund (200k) – Exploratory Randomised Controlled Trial of the Healthy Lifestyles Programme – a school based obesity prevention intervention
- 2005-2007: The Children’s Research Fund (100k) Development of a school-based obesity prevention intervention.
Publications by category
Publications by year
- Member of the University of Exeter Athena SWAN working group
- Emerging Science in the design, evaluation and implementation of behaviour change interventions. Symposium at the ICAP (International Congress of Applied Psychology) conference. Paris, July 2014
- Capturing fidelity and engagement in the Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP). British Psychological Society (BPS) funded seminar series on using process evaluation to understand and improve the psychological underpinnings of health related behaviour change interventions. Cardiff, June, 2014
- The development of a novel school-based obesity prevention programme. Invited lecture for MSc Exercise Psychology students at Winchester University. March 2014
- The Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP); Evidence of feasibility, acceptability and proof of concept in affecting children’s weight status South West Public Health Scientific Conference, Feb 2014, Weston-super Mare, England
- The Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP); Evidence of feasibility, acceptability and proof of concept in affecting children’s weight status ISBNPA (International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity) Conference, May 2013 Ghent, Belgium
- The Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP); Evidence of feasibility, acceptability and proof of concept in affecting children’s weight status UKSBM (UK Society for Behavioural Medicine) conference, Dec 2012 Manchester
- Engaging with childhood obesity: Development of a complex intervention to prevent childhood obesity. European Centre for Environment and Human Health, Truro, 2011
- The development, feasibility and acceptability of a school-based obesity prevention programme (HeLP), School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences seminar series, 2011
- The 80/20 Healthy Lifestyles Programme: Results from the Exploratory Trial. Early Bird away day, 2011
- Childhood Obesity. PenCORE (The Peninsula Collaboration in Obesity Research) meeting, 2010
- HeLP: a school-based programme to prevent and reduce obesity in children ISBNPA (International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity) Conference, 2011 Melbourne, Australia.
- The development and evaluation of a novel obesity prevention programme. International Society for Behavioural Medicine Conference. 2009, Exeter, UK.
- Tackling childhood obesity, Tackling Obesity in Devon day and facilitated a workshop focusing on children between 5 and 11 years. June 2008
- Lloyd, J (2000) Physical activity consultation in GP referral schemes: Has it a role to play? Paper presented at the BASES conference, Liverpool John Moores University.
- 2013 - Radio Exe – Pre recorded interview about the definitive trial of the Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP)
- 2010 - BBC Radio Devon lunchtime interactive programme with David Fitzgerald to discuss the HeLP Programme with 5 children from St Thomas Primary school
- 2010 - BBC Radio Devon Phone in about childhood obesity, 2010
- 2006 - Television interview for West Country TV about phase 1 funding for HeLP