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Dr Ross Watkins

Dr Ross Watkins

Postdoctoral Research Associate

 College House 


College House, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


Ross's research interests lie in diet, physical activity and health, and the application of the behavioural and social sciences to health care and the delivery of care. He completed his PhD at the University of Exeter in 2018, which focused on the role of mealtimes in structuring the health, wellbeing, and quality of life of older adults living in care – where malnutrition is a perennial issue.

Ross is currently working on the 'ImPROving GROUP treatment for people with severe obesity' (PROGROUP) project alongside a national team of specialist service providers, service users, dieticians, psychological and implementation science experts.Together, the project team are exploring how group programmes may enhance services, enabling supported weight loss and improved quality of life for patients - as well as understanding how these services could be scaled up for wider implementation. 

Prior to starting his PhD, Ross completed an MSc in Applied Human Nutrition at Oxford Brookes University.


  • MBA, MSc Applied Human Nutrition
  • PhD Medical Studies 


Research interests

This PhD is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South West Peninsula - or PenCLAHRC, and is supervised by Dr Mark Tarrant, Dr Victoria Goodwin and Dr Rebecca Abbott.


Supervision / Group

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