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Dr Frances Hillier-Brown

Teaching Fellow in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41483

Contact Dr Frances Hillier-Brown (email at frances.hillier-brown@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

Frances joined the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences as a Teaching Fellow in January 2018, having previously worked at Durham, Teesside and Newcastle universities as a Research Associate in Public Health. She has a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry from Leeds University and an MSc in Human Nutrition, specialising in Public Health, from Glasgow University. In 2012, Frances was awarded a PhD in Health Studies, exploring methods of diet and physical activity assessment, from Durham University.

Frances has worked on a number of large multi-disciplinary research projects, including systematic reviews of the determinants of weight gain (funded by the World Cancer Research Fund), and the effectiveness of public health interventions at reducing socio-economic inequalities in obesity (funded by the National Institute of Health Research). She has also worked on a number of public health intervention studies, including the Community Challenge project (funded by the Food Standards Agency) and the NIHR School for Public Health research funded ‘Foodscape’ project, exploring the feasibility and acceptability of interventions aimed at improving the healthiness of takeaway menu options. She has most recently worked on the HiNews project exploring health inequalities, and the effects of different health systems, across Europe. 

Frances is interested in effective strategies for behaviour change and obesity prevention, including population and upstream approaches; measurement of diet and physical activity behaviours and intervention evaluation; and social determinants of health and intervention generated health inequalities. Frances is a member of the Association for the Study of Obesity, an Associate member of Fuse: The Centre of Translational Research in Public Health, a core member of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing Physical Activity Special Interest Group, and a founding member of the Equal North Research and Practice Network

Publications

Journal Article

  • Hillier-Brown, F., Lloyd, S., Muhammad, L., Summerbell, C. , Goffe, L. Hildred, N. Adams, J. Penn, L., Wrieden, W., White, M., Lake, A., Moore, H., Abraham, C., Adamson, A. & Araújo-Soares, V. (2019). Feasibility and acceptability of a Takeaway Masterclass aimed at encouraging healthier cooking practices and menu options in takeaway food outlets. Public Health Nutrition 22(12): 2268-2278.
  • Goffe, Louis, Hillier-Brown, Frances, Hildred, Natalie, Worsnop, Matthew, Adams, Jean, Araujo-Soares, Vera, Penn, Linda, Wrieden, Wendy, Summerbell, Carolyn D, Lake, Amelia A, White, Martin & Adamson, Ashley J (2019). Feasibility of working with a wholesale supplier to co-design and test acceptability of an intervention to promote smaller portions: an uncontrolled before-and-after study in British Fish & Chip shops. BMJ Open 9(2): e023441.
  • Scott, Stephanie, Elamin, Wafa, Giles, Emma L., Hillier-Brown, Frances, Brynes, Kate, Connot, Natalie, Newbury-Birch, Dorothy & Ells, Louisa (2019). Socio-Ecological Influences on Adolescent (Aged 10–17) Alcohol Use and Unhealthy Eating Behaviours: A Systematic Review and Synthesis of Qualitative Studies. Nutrients 11(8): 1914.
  • Moynihan, P, Tanner, LM, Holmes, RD, Hillier-Brown, F, Mashayekhi, A, Kelly, SAM & Craig, D (2019). Systematic Review of Evidence Pertaining to Factors That Modify Risk of Early Childhood Caries. JDR Clinical & Translational Research 4(3): 202-216.
  • Thomson, Katie, Hillier-Brown, Frances, Walton, Nick, Bilaj, Mirza, Bambra, Clare & Todd, Adam (2019). The effects of community pharmacy-delivered public health interventions on population health and health inequalities: A review of reviews. Preventive Medicine 124: 98-109.
  • Hillier-Brown, F, Tomson, K, McGowan, V, Cairns, J, Eikemo, TA, Gil-Gonzále, D & Bambra, C (2019). The effects of social protection policies on health inequalities: Evidence from systematic reviews. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health 47(6): 655-665.
  • Addison, M., Kaner, E., Johnstone, P., Hillier-Brown, F., Moffatt, S., Russell, S., Barr, B., Holland, P., Salway, S., Whitehead, M. & Bambra, C. (2018). Equal North: how can we reduce health inequalities in the North of England? A prioritization exercise with researchers, policymakers and practitioners. Journal of Public Health
  • Thomson, Katie, Hillier-Brown, Frances, Todd, Adam, McNamara, Courtney, Huijts, Tim & Bambra, Clare (2018). The effects of public health policies on health inequalities in high-income countries: an umbrella review. BMC Public Health 18(1): 869.
  • Hillier-Brown, F.C., Summerbell, C.D., Moore, H.J., Wrieden, W.L., Adams, J., Abraham, C., Adamson, A., Araújo-Soares, V., White, M. & Lake, A.A. (2017). A description of interventions promoting healthier ready-to-eat meals (to eat in, to take away, or to be delivered) sold by specific food outlets in England: a systematic mapping and evidence synthesis. BMC Public Health 17: 93.
  • Smith, S.A., Visram, S., O'Malley, C., Summerbell, C., Araujo-Soares, V., Hillier-Brown, F. & Lake, A.A. (2017). Designing equitable workplace dietary interventions: perceptions of intervention deliverers. BMC Public Health 17: 808.
  • Scott, Stephanie, Reilly, Jessica, Giles, Emma L., Hillier-Brown, Frances, Ells, Louisa, Kaner, Eileen & Adamson, Ashley (2017). Socio-ecological influences on adolescent (aged 10–17) alcohol use and linked unhealthy eating behaviours: protocol for a systematic review and synthesis of qualitative studies. Systematic Reviews 6(1): 180.
  • Hillier-Brown, Frances, Bambra, Clare, Thomson, Katie, Balaj, Mirza, Walton, Nick & Todd, Adam (2017). The effects of community pharmacy public health interventions on population health and health inequalities: a systematic review of reviews protocol. Systematic Reviews 6(1): 176.
  • Hillier-Brown, F.C., Summerbell, C.D., Moore, H.J., Routen, A., Lake, A.A., Adams, J., White, M., Araujo-Soares, V., Abraham, C. Adamson, A.J. & Brown, T.J. (2017). The impact of interventions to promote healthier ready-to-eat meals (to eat in, to take away, or to be delivered) sold by specific food outlets open to the general public: a systematic review. Obesity Reviews 18(2): 227-246.
  • Naik, Yannish, Baker, Peter, Walker, Ian, Tillmann, Taavi, Bash, Kristin, Quantz, Darryl, Hillier-Brown, Frances & Bambra, Clare (2017). The macro-economic determinants of health and health inequalities—umbrella review protocol. Systematic Reviews 6(1): 222.
  • Goffe, L., Hillier-Brown, F., Doherty, A., Wrieden, W., Lake, A.A., Araujo-Soares, V., Summerbell, C., White, M., Adamson, A.J. & Adams, J. (2016). Comparison of sodium content of meals served by independent takeaways using standard versus reduced holed salt shakers: cross-sectional study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 13: 102.
  • Goffe, L., Wrieden, W., Penn, L., Hillier-Brown, F., Lake, A., Araujo-Soares, V., Summerbell, C., White, M., Adamson, A. & Adams, J. (2016). Reducing the Salt Added to Takeaway Food: Within-Subjects Comparison of Salt Delivered by Five and 17 Holed Salt Shakers in Controlled Conditions. PLoS ONE 11(9): e0163093.
  • Adams, J., Hillier-Brown, F., Moore, H., Lake, A., Araujo-Soares, V., White, M. & Summerbell, C. (2016). Searching and synthesising ‘grey literature’ and ‘grey information’ in public health: critical reflections on three case studies. Systematic Reviews 5: 164.
  • Smith, S.A., Lake, A.A., Summerbell, C., Araujo-Soares, V. & Hillier-Brown, F. (2016). The effectiveness of workplace dietary interventions: protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis. Systematic Reviews 5: 20.
  • Bambra, C., Hillier, F., Cairns, J., Kasim, A., Moore, H. & Summerbell, C. (2015). How effective are interventions at reducing socioeconomic inequalities in obesity among children and adults? Two systematic reviews. Public Health Research 3(1): 1.
  • Cairns, J.M., Bambra, C., Hillier-Brown, F.C., Moore, H.J. & Summerbell, C.D. (2015). Weighing up the evidence: a systematic review of the effectiveness of workplace interventions to tackle socio-economic inequalities in obesity. Journal of Public Health 37(4): 659-670.
  • Hillier-Brown, F.C., Bambra, C.L., Cairns-Nagi, J.M., Kasim, A., Moore, H.J. & Summerbell, C.D. (2014). A systematic review of the effectiveness of individual, community and societal level interventions at reducing socioeconomic inequalities in obesity amongst adults. International Journal of Obesity 38(12): 1483-1490.
  • Hillier-Brown, F.C., Bambra, C.L., Cairns, J.-M., Kasim, A., Moore, H.J. & Summerbell, C.D. (2014). A systematic review of the effectiveness of individual, community and societal level interventions at reducing socioeconomic inequalities in obesity amongst children. BMC Public Health 14: 834.
  • Moore, H.J., Hillier, F.C., Batterham, A.M., Ells, L.J. & Summerbell, C.D. (2014). Technology-based dietary assessment development of the Synchronised Nutrition and Activity Program (SNAP™). Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics 27(Suppl. 1): 36-42.
  • Hillier-Brown, Frances, Moore, Helen, Lake, Amelia, Adamson, Ashley, White, Martin, Adams, Jean, Araujo-Soares, Vera, Abraham, Charles & Summerbell, Carolyn (2014). The effectiveness of interventions targeting specific out-of-home food outlets: protocol for a systematic review. Systematic Reviews 3(1): 17.
  • Bambra, C.L., Hillier, F.C., Moore, H.J., Cairns-Nagi, J.M. & Summerbell, C.D. (2013). Tackling inequalities in obesity: a protocol for a systematic review of the effectiveness of public health interventions at reducing socioeconomic inequalities in obesity among adults. Systematic Reviews 2(1): 27.
  • Robroek, S.J.W., Reeuwijk, K.G., Hillier, F.C., Bambra, C., van Rijn, R.M. & Burdorf A (2013). The contribution of overweight, obesity, and lack of physical activity to exit from paid employment: a meta-analysis. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health 39(3): 233-240.
  • Hillier, F.C., Batterham, A.M., Nixon, C.A., Crayton, A.M., Pedley, C.L. & Summerbell, C.D. (2012). A community-based health promotion intervention using brief negotiation techniques and a pledge on dietary intake, physical activity levels and weight outcomes: lessons learnt from an exploratory trial. Public Health Nutrition 15(8): 1446-1455.
  • Bambra, C.L., Hillier, F.C., Moore, H.J. & Summerbell, C.D. (2012). Tackling inequalities in obesity: a protocol for a systematic review of the effectiveness of public health interventions at reducing socioeconomic inequalities in obesity amongst children. Systematic Reviews 1: 16.
  • Hillier, F., Batterham, A., Crooks, S., Moore, H.J. & Summerbell, C.D. (2012). The development and evaluation of a novel internet-based computer program to assess previous-day dietary and physical activity behaviours in adults: The Synchronised Nutrition and Activity Program for Adults (SNAPATM). British Journal of Nutrition 107(8): 1221-1231.
  • Hillier, F.C., Pedley, C. & Summerbell, C.D. (2011). Evidence-base for primary prevention of obesity in children and adolescents = Evidenzbasierung von Primärprävention der Adipositas bei Kindern und Jugendlichen. Bundesgesundheitsblatt 54(3): 259-264.
  • Summerbell, C.D., Douthwaite, W., Whittaker, V., Ells, L.J., Hillier, F., Smith, S., Kelly, S., Edmunds, L.D. & Macdonald, I. (2009). The association between diet and physical activity and subsequent excess weight gain and obesity assessed at 5 years of age or older: a systematic review of the epidemiological evidence. International Journal of Obesity 33(Suppl. 3): S1-S92.
  • Ells, LJ, Hillier, FC, Shucksmith, J, Crawley, H, Harbige, L, Shield, J, Wiggins, A & Summerbell, CD (2008). A systematic review of the effect of dietary exposure that could be achieved through normal dietary intake on learning and performance of school-aged children of relevance to UK schools. British Journal Of Nutrition 100(5): 927-936.

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