Kath is a Registered Nutritionist with a background in public health research and policy development relating to diet and obesity. She has a wide range of research interests including the social epidemiology of obesity and evaluation methods. She has worked in public health nutrition and obesity related roles at regional and national government level and have collaborated with third sector organisations, academic teams and the commercial sector. She has built strong networks across these organisational boundaries.
She has held a senior role in the National Obesity Observatory from 2007 until 2014 where she developed guidance and delivered training on evaluation of weight management and dietary interventions for public health practitioners. She subsequently worked for Public Health England where my work included evidence review for the PHE sugar reduction programme, the evaluation of the Child Obesity Plan and nutrition intelligence analysis to support the work of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition.
She was awarded a Medical Research Council doctoral studentship in 2011 at the University of Sheffield which I completed in 2017. The focus of her thesis was to explore dietary patterns and measures of diet quality in UK adults and to investigate associations with socioeconomic variables and BMI. She has been a freelance public health researcher since August 2018. She is also an Honorary Lecturer at the School of Health Related Research at the University of Sheffield. Her most recent publication was a collaboration examining the relationship between BMI, fast food outlets, diet quality and deprivation.