Dr Jenny Lloyd
Senior Lecturer in Public Health Research
South Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK
I am a mixed methods behavioural scientist specialising in the development and process evaluation of complex behavioural interventions in obesity prevention/treatment and child/family health and wellbeing. I use a wide range of methods including systematic reviews, realist evaluation, stakeholder consultation, logic model development and intervention mapping. I have worked closely with a range of stakeholders from patients, teachers, parents and children to public health practitioners, charity workers and policy makers to support their active involvement in intervention design and optimisation. I have led and supported the development and evaluation of a number of NIHR funded programmes, totalling in excess of £5 million to address childhood obesity prevention in the school setting; adult and parent carer mental health/wellbeing in the community setting and obesity treatment in the clinical setting. I am interested in further exploring and developing new ways of conceptualising and responding to the so called ‘wicked’ public health problems of the 21st century (obesity, loss of wellbeing and health inequality) by working with multi-disciplinary teams across health and social care, education and the humanities.
I teach across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules, convening the undergraduate Clinical Trials and postgraduate Public Health Behaviour Change Modules. I supervise both MSc and PhD students.
Broad research specialisms
- The development and evaluation of complex behavioural interventions to promote health using several theory-based approaches (e.g. the MRC framework for designing and evaluating complex interventions, intervention mapping and the Behaviour Change Wheel).
- Process evaluation, including realist approaches.
- 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)
Research group links
I have a background in exercise and health psychology and specialise in the development and evaluation of complex public health interventions to address the global public health challenges of obesity, loss of wellbeing and health inequality. In order to achieve effective behaviour change, I use a wide range of methods, taking account of both individual psychosocial factors and systems theory. These include stakeholder consultation and intervention mapping to firstly understand the problem and how it might be addressed through to carrying out process evaluations and developing logic models to understand and address key uncertainties for a full evaluation.
I have a strong teaching background, having taught physical education in secondary schools for several years before lecturing in exercise and health psychology. I also have an interest, therefore, in the social and emotional development of children and improving educational attainment. I have worked with the Education Endowment Foundation to review interventions that aim to support parents’ engagement in their child’s learning resulting in national guidance.
I am interested in supervising self funded PhDs to develop interventions in complex social systems to address obesity, mental health/wellbeing/social and emotional development of children and educational attainment.
Morris C., Bjornstad G., Lloyd J., Brand S (2020) Implementation of the Healthy Parent Carers programme: a collaboration between the University of Exeter Medical School and the Council for Disabled Children ESRC IAA Strategic Initiative Award (£74,522).
Morris C., Bjornstad G., Borek A., Berry V., Lloyd J., Tarrant M., Ukoumunne O., Logan S., Hawton A., McDonald A. & Fredlund M. (2018) Healthy Parent carers programme: Feasibility study of a peer led group-based intervention to improve the health and wellbeing of parent carers of disabled children. NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) (£250,000).
Garside R., Tarrant M., Richards D., Lloyd J., Lovell R., Byng R., Husk K. & Bloomfield D. (2018) The development of a nature-on-prescription group intervention for people with common mental health conditions. MRC Public Health Intervention Development (PHIND) (£190,000).
Lloyd J. (2017) Guiding development and evaluation processes for Cranbrook’s Healthy New Town wellbeing Strategy. University of Exeter Engaged Research Exploratory Award (£3,000)
Axford N., Berry V., Lloyd J., Moore D. & Rogers M. (2017) Review of (i) the effectiveness of parental engagement strategies/approaches in improving learning outcomes in the early years and school setting and (ii) current practice in the UK to promote parental engagement in learning. Education Endowment Foundation (£30,000).
Wyatt K. & Lloyd J. (2017) Supporting Healthy Teen lifestyles: Development of school-based healthy lifestyles programme to prevent obesity in 11-13 year olds. All Saints Education Trust (£129,000)
Wyatt K., Lloyd J. & Anderson L. (2014) Young People Engagement Study (creation of stakeholder group of obese young people to co-create and obesity management intervention) RD&E and PenCLARHC small grants fund (£10,447)
Wyatt K., Lloyd J., Logan S., Abraham C., Taylor R., Green C., Hillsdon M., Dean S., Tomlinson R., Creanor S., Pearson V., Duarge W. & Densham E. (2014) Additional funding to support the completion of follow up data due to circa 400+ more children in the HeLP trial than anticipated. NIHR- Public Health Research Programme (PHR) (£80,498)
Wyatt K., Lloyd J., Logan S., Abraham C., Taylor R., Green C., Hillsdon M., Dean S., Tomlinson R., Creanor S., Pearson V., Duarge W. & Densham E. (2012) 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. NIHR PHR (£1.35 million).
Wyatt K., Lloyd J., Logan S., Green C., Taylor R., Tomlinson R., Pearson V. & Dean S. (2008) Exploratory Randomised Controlled Trial of the Healthy Lifestyles Programme – a school based obesity prevention intervention. NIHR RfPB (£200,000).
Logan S, Wyatt K. & Lloyd J. (2005) Development of a school-based obesity prevention intervention. The Children’s Research Fund
Pinkney J., Tarrant M., Swancutt D., Lloyd J., Pearson M., Creanor S., Hinds S., Baldrey S., Spencer A., Taylor A., Perry S., Dean S., O’Kane M. & Wilding J. ImPROving GROUP treatment for people with severe obesity NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research (PGfAR) (£2.4 million).
Moore D, Axford N, Mendelez-Torres GJ, Roger M, Hawkins J, Lloyd J, Berry V, Hall D, Anderson R (2021). Review of evidence on implementation in education. Education Endowment Foundation (£130,000).
External Engagement and Impact
- Member of the Medical School's Equality and Diversity working group
- Chair of the IHR's Senior Research Network
Conferences and invited presentations
Wyatt K. & Lloyd J. (2018) Embracing complexity; methodological and practical considerations for the development and evaluation of programmes which seek to create the conditions for health and reduce health inequalities. European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR). Lisbon, Portugal.
Axford N, Berry V, Lloyd J, Wyatt K & Hobbs T. (2018) Embracing ‘failure’ in prevention science: how can we promote a more open and honest response to trial results showing that interventions ‘don’t work’ or cause harm? EUSPR, Lisbon, Portugal.
Lloyd J., Creanor S., Logan S., Green C., Dean S., Hillsdon M., Abraham C., Tomlinson R., Pearson V., Taylor RS., Ryan E., Price L., Streeter A. & Wyatt K. (2018) Effectiveness of the Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP) to prevent obesity in UK primary school children: a cluster randomised controlled trial. South West Public Health (SWPH). Bristol, UK. Highly commended abstract
Wyatt K.M., Lloyd J.J. & Durie R.H. (2018) Whose problem is it anyway? Co-identifying local issues to create the conditions for health. SWPH. Bristol, UK.
McHugh C., Anderson L., Lloyd J. & Wyatt K. (2018) The barriers to and facilitators of healthy lifestyle choices of adolescents transitioning to secondary school. SWPH. Bristol, UK.
Lloyd J., Dean S., Abraham C., Creanor S., Green C., Hillsdon M., Taylor R., Logan S., Tomlinson R., Pearson V., Ryan E. & Wyatt K. (2017) Findings from the process evaluation of ‘Healthy Lifestyles Programme’ (HeLP) cluster randomised controlled trial: a school-based obesity prevention intervention for 9-10 year olds. International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA). Victoria BC Canada.
Lloyd J., Creanor S., Streeter A., Green C., Dean S., Abraham C., Hillsdon M., Taylor R., Logan S., Tomlinson R., Pearson V., Ryan E. & Wyatt K.M. (2017) Effectiveness and cost effectiveness of the ‘Healthy Lifestyles Programme’ (HeLP) cluster randomised controlled trial: a school-based obesity prevention intervention for 9-10 year olds. ISBNPA. Victoria BC Canada.
Price L., Lloyd J., Wyatt K. & Hillsdon M. (2017) Physical activity prevalence in children depends on our methodology: Findings from the Healthy Lifestyles programme (HeLP) ISBNPA. Victoria BC Canada
Price L., Lloyd J., Wyatt K. & Hillsdon M. (2017) Is there a relationship between how children accumulate moderate to vigorous physical activity and their BMI sds? Findings from the Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP), ISBNPA. Victoria BC Canada
Lloyd J., Creanor S., Dean S., Abraham C., Green C., Hillsdon M., Taylor R., Logan S., Tomlinson R., Pearson V., Ryan E., Daurge W. & Wyatt K. (2016) Engagement and retention of schools and their families in the cluster RCT of the healthy Lifestyles programme (HeLP), UK Society for Behaviour Medicine (UKSBM). Cardiff, UK.
Wyatt K. & Lloyd J. (2016) Using complex system principles to develop and trial a novel obesity prevention intervention: The Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP), ISBNPA. Cape Town, South Africa
Lloyd J., Creanor S., Dean S., Abraham C., Green C., Hillsdon M., Taylor R., Logan S., Tomlinson R., Pearson V., Ryan E., Daurge W. & Wyatt K. (2016) Engagement and retention of schools, children and their families in a cluster RCT of a novel obesity prevention intervention: The Healthy Lifestyles programme (HeLP), ISBNPA. Cape Town, South Africa
Lloyd J. & Wyatt K. (2014) Capturing fidelity and engagement within the process evaluation of the Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP) trial. Process evaluation for complex behaviour change interventions symposium, UKSBM. Nottingham, UK.
Wyatt K. & Lloyd J. (2014) The Healthy Lifestyles Programme; Development of a novel school located obesity prevention programme. British Science Festival, Birmingham University, UK.
Lloyd J., Wyatt K., Dean S. & Abraham C. (2014) The healthy Lifestyles programme (HeLP): creating the conditions for change and identifying change processes. Emerging Science in the design, evaluation and implementation of behaviour change intervention symposium, International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP). Paris, France.
Lloyd J, Logan S. & Wyatt K. (2015) The Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP); Evidence of Feasibility, Acceptability and Proof of Concept in Affecting Children’s Weight Status, SWPH, Weston-super-Mare.
Lloyd J. Logan S. & Wyatt K (2013) The Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP); Evidence of feasibility, acceptability and proof of concept in affecting children’s weight status, ISBNPA. Ghent, Belgium.
Lloyd J. Logan S. & Wyatt K (2012) The Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP); Evidence of feasibility, acceptability and proof of concept in affecting children’s weight status, UKSBM. Manchester, UK.
Lloyd J. Logan S. & Wyatt K. (2011) HeLP: a school-based programme to prevent and reduce obesity in children, ISBNPA. Melbourne, Australia
Lloyd J. Logan S. & Wyatt K. (2009) The development and evaluation of a novel obesity prevention programme, International Society for Behavioural Medicine (ISBM) Exeter, UK.
Lloyd JJ, Logan S, Wyatt K (2009) Design of the Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP): Systematic development and evaluation of a school-based intervention to prevent and reduce obesity in primary school children Annual Conference of the Int. Soc. of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity; 2009, Faculdade de Motricidade Humana - Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, Portugal, 17 Jun 2009 - 20 Jun 2009. Editors: Biddle, S., Guldan, G., Gans, K., Ball, K., Daniel Almeida, M., Teixeira, P.. 393. 2009
TeachingQualitative research methods
Social Determinants of Health
Developing complex behavioural interventions
- CSC2007 - Introduction to Health Research
- CSC2017 - Ethical Issues in Health Research
- CSC3008 - Clinical Trials
- HPDM123 - Behaviour Change
- HPDM123Z - Behaviour Change