MARG Member Profiles
Dr Yvonne Hornby-Turner, BSc (hons) Health and Human Sciences, MA Research methods in Anthropology, PhD Anthropology
Dr Yvonne Hornby-Turner is a medical anthropologist based within the physical activity lab, department of anthropology, Durham University. Her research is interdisciplinary, crossing boundaries between medical anthropology, behavioural epidemiology, nutrition and public health to investigate health behaviour, in relation to current health inequalities, between White and minority ethnic groups in the UK. Yvonne’s research interests are in the assessment of physical activity, sedentary behaviour, dietary intake, health behaviour and the health of minority ethnic groups. She also has a keen interest in health intervention, knowledge exchange and behaviour change.
Yvonne received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Human Sciences, Durham University, UK, in 2007. During this time she carried out research investigating ethnic differences in anthropometric measurements, dietary intake and objectively measured physical activity of South Asian and White British primary school children. Following this, she embarked on a 1+3 interdisciplinary studentship, funded by the Medical Research Council and Social and Economic Research Council, at the Anthropology Department, Durham University. As part of her Master’s degree, Yvonne reviewed and trialled a range of quantitative methods for investigating children’s physical activity levels and dietary intake. Her PhD research involved a mixed method approach to investigate ethnic group differences in British Pakistani and White British girls’ physical activity, sedentary behaviour, nutritional intake and dietary habits. In addition to her research, Yvonne has also successfully planned and implemented a multisite, school based, physical activity intervention program, which aimed to encourage girls' of minority ethnic groups to participate in community based sport and exercise.
Yvonne teaches on the undergraduate health and human sciences and anthropology programmes at Durham University. She has also supervised undergraduates in their research projects, provided one-to one tuition on SPSS and assisted in the planning and implementing of nutrition and physical activity assessment workshops. Yvonne has presented her research findings at local, national and international academic conferences.
Memberships and affiliations
Sedentary Behaviour Research Network
- Dietary assessment
- Health intervention
- Objective physical activity measurement
- Quantitative and qualitative research methods
- Quantitative data analysis
- Sedentary behaviour measurement
Journal papers: academic
- Pollard. T., Hornby-Turner. Y., Ghurbhurrun. A & N. Ridgers (2013). Differences between 9-11 year old white British and British Pakistani girls in physical activity and behaviour during school recess. BMC Public Health 12: 1087.
- Henderson, E.J., Jones, C.H.D., Hornby-Turner, Y.C. & Pollard, T.P. (2011). Adiposity and Blood Pressure in 7- to 11-Year-Old Children: Comparison of British Pakistani and White British Children, and of British Pakistani Children of Migrant and British-Born Mothers. American Journal of Human Biology 23(5): 710-716.
- 2010: Middlesbrough ‘Active Lifestyles’ grant to provide continuation of afterschool sports activities
- 2010: Middlesbrough ‘Healthy Schools’ grant to provide an after school based physical activity intervention to target young girls of different ethnicities
- 2007: Masters and PhD (1+3) Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Scholarship from the Medical Research Council and Economic & Social Research Council, UK
Is supervised by
Indicators of Esteem
- 2011: Participant: Research Councils UK Grad school:
- 2011: Presentation (invited speaker) Diet and physical activity behaviours of White British and British Pakistani girls aged 9-11 years on Teesside: North East Obesity Forum
- 2011: Presentation: Ethnic differences in physical activity behaviours of girls aged 9-11 years in Teesside, Northern England: International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, Melbourne, Australia
- 2011: Presentation: Mixing methods to provide a holistic understanding of ethnic differences in physical activity behaviour of girls aged 9-11 years on Teesside: 2nd International Conference on Ambulatory Monitoring of Physical Activity and Movement
- 2007: Participant in the 3rd Medical Research Council Physical Activity Measurement Seminar, Cambridge, UK: