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Post Nominals BSc (Hons), PhD
Biography Lesley joined the University of Hull in 2018. She has published extensively on alcohol research including alcohol and pregnancy, maternal health, midwifery-led intrapartum care and more recently adolescent sexual and reproductive health sub-Saharan Africa. She has a background in quantitative research methods, Currently she is an Academic Adviser Panel member for the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK. In 2020, with Professor Monica Magadi, she set up the Hull Global Health Research Network.

From 2013 to April 2018 she led the Oxford Brookes University Maternal and Women’s Public Health research group (OXBUMP). In 2012, Lesley and Dr Ethel Burns, Senior Lecturer in Midwifery set up Zumba 4 Bump, a community-based antenatal exercise, education and support group for pregnant women in Oxford. This is now an established social enterprise, and has received support from The Big Lottery ‘Awards For All’. Before joining the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Oxford Brookes University in 2003 she held post-doctoral research posts at the Centre for Statistics in Medicine and the Pain Research Unit at the University of Oxford. Before this Lesley had a background in nursing.
Research Interests My research takes a prevention and behavioural science approach to improving reproductive health of women with a particular focus on preconception and pregnancy.

I am interested in carrying out research to understand the factors that influence health, and using participatory approaches to develop interventions and strategies to change behaviours to improve health and wellbeing of women, family and community health.

I am particularly interested in understanding how to reduce the harm from alcohol exposure before and during pregnancy through development of behaviour change interventions.
Scopus Author ID 57203031534