Dr Jenny Lloyd
Senior Research Fellow in Child Health
I am a social scientist with a background as a secondary school teacher and lecturer in exercise and health psychology. I have been working within the Health Complexity and Child Health Group of the Institute for Health Research since 2005 and have spent a number of years leading the development and evaluation of an NIHR PHR funded school-based obesity prevention programme (HeLP) from its inception through to the definitive trial of effectiveness (completed in October 2016), involving 1300 children and their families across Devon. I am now involved in number of health service research projects to promote healthy lifestyles, wellbeing and resilience with children, parents and adults using a variety of research methods, from systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials and qualitative designs. I also lecture on both the undergraduate (BSc Medical Sciences) and postgraduate (MSc in Applied Health Service Research) degree courses and supervise PhD and Masters students.
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)
I am a mixed methods researcher specialising in the development and evaluation of complex behavioural interventions to improve the health and wellbeing of children and their families; ensuring that stakeholders are actively involved in both trial and intervention design from the outset. I am particularly interested in the science of complex adaptive systems and how best to develop programmes that consider the complexity of social systems as well as how best to capture the way in which interventions change relationships, displace existing activities and redistribute and transform resources. Much of my research is located in schools, working with teachers and head teachers to understand how best to improve the physical and social environment of the school to positively impact the health and wellbeing of staff and children.
- 2014-2015; RD&E and PenCLARHC small grants fund £10,447 Young People Engagement Study (creation of stakeholder group of obese young people to co-create and obesity management intervention)
- 2014 NIHR-PHR £80,498 Additional funding to support complete follow up data due to circa 400+ more children in the HeLP trial (Wyatt K, Lloyd J, Tomlinson R, Green C, Taylor R, Logan S, Hillsdon M, Pearson V, Duarge W, Densham E, Dean S, Abraham C, Creanor S)
- 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
Qualitative research methods
Managing clinical trials
Development and evaluation of complex behavioural interventions