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Dr Caroline Dodd-Reynolds, PhD; SFHEA

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Caroline is Director of Postgraduate Research for the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences and a Co-Director of the Physical Activity Special Interest Group, an interdisciplinary network within the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing https://www.dur.ac.uk/wolfson.institute/sig/physical/

She joined Durham University in August 2014 having previously been employed by Northumbria University, latterly as Principal Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes within the Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation. Having studied for a BSc. in Human Biology with Philosophy and subsequently an MSc. in Sport, Health and Exercise, Caroline was awarded her PhD. in 2005 by the University of Exeter. During her four years at Exeter, Caroline was based in the Children’s Health and Exercise Research Centre, where her doctoral research into energy intake and appetite responses to exercise in girls was supervised by Dr Joanne Welsman and Professor Neil Armstrong. 

Caroline’s research philosophy is underpinned by the need to consider cross and inter-disciplinary approaches to address physical inactivity and diet, predominately within public health. She has many years of experience across experimental design, interventions and evaluation and has recently become interested in the implementation of physical activity and dietary policy in community settings. Her research explores three themes:

1. Physical activity and dietary policy implementation in the local context. Current projects include:

‘Subsidised school milk and child health: exploration of policy implementation and pilot feasibility of outcome measures’ N8 Agrifood Pump Priming, awarded March 2019.

‘Challenges and opportunities for implementing national physical activity policy into local practice: a qualitative case study from the Fuse Physical Activity Workshops’ (paper in prep.)

‘A scoping review and analysis of the coherence of policy aspirations and approaches to implementation relevant to tackling obesity in primary schools in England from 2010 to 2017’ (paper under review)

2. Community-based exercise referral: effectiveness, participant experiences and equity of provision across socio-demographic groups.

3. The acute relationship between physical activity and diet: compensatory behaviours, dietary/physical activity manipulation and energy balance.

Caroline's work has been published in a range of international journals (e.g. BMJ Open, Journal of Public Health, Appetite, British Journal of Nutrition) and she has presented work at national and international conferences. She is a member of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health, and the International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity. Regionally, she sits on the Fuse (Centre for Translational Research in Public Health) Physical Activity Working Group (#FusePAW) and Fuse Communications Group and has been on the organising committee for numerous FusePAW workshops.

Caroline is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has a wealth of academic quality and standards experience. She has developed sport and exercise programme frameworks at undergraduate and postgraduate level across two institutions and been an invited external panellist for Periodic Review and Validation events. She has held external examiner appointments at four UK institutions, most recently as Chief External Examiner at Gloucester University and Programme Examiner for Newcastle University’s BSc (Hons) Exercise Biomedicine and BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science. 

Grants Awarded

    • Dodd-Reynolds, C.J., Hind, K., Swainson, M., Lindsey, I., Summerbell, C. (2019), 'Subsidised school milk and child health: exploration of policy implementation and pilot feasibility of outcome measures' (£8,000 N8 Agrifood Pump Priming Award)

  • Lindsey, I., Dodd-Reynolds, C.J., Summerbell, C., Oliver, E. (2017), ‘Policy coherence for childhood obesity? Examining implementation of policies for healthy eating and increased physical activity in primary schools’ (£5,128 Durham University Seedcorn Award).

  • Pollard, T., (PI), Dodd-Reynolds, C.J. and Oliver, E.J. (2017) ‘Stepping out together: process evaluation of the impact of walking groups in UK deprived areas on women’s walking and wellbeing’ (£7,484, WRI Small Grant Award)

  • ‘Evidence use and policy implementation in community-based health promotion services’. Economic and Social Research Council, Doctoral Training Centre £72,345, 3+1 studentship awarded to B. Rigby, (October 2016-September 2020, E. Oliver and C.J. Dodd-Reynolds supervisors)

  • Dodd-Reynolds, C. J. (2011). Rank Prize Fund vacation studentship for the ‘Student Lifestyle Study’
  • Colmer, S., Lewis, M., Allin, L., O’Brien, K., & Dodd, C. J., (2009-2013) Durham & Chester-Le-Street Lifestyle Initiative ‘Lifestyle Change’ Pilot
  • Defeyter, M., Russo, R., and Dodd, C. J. (2009). The effects of breakfast club attendance on cognitive, social, and healthy eating in school aged children (PhD studentship)
  • Allin, L., and Dodd C.J. (2008) Family Initiative Supporting Children’s Health (FISCH): evaluation of 20-week pilot programme

Research Groups

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

Research Interests

  • Interactions between food intake and physical activity
  • Physical activity inequalities
  • Public health-based evaluation (physical activity and diet)

Indicators of Esteem

  • Chief External Examiner University of Gloucestershire: Faculty of Business, Computing and Applied Sciences
  • External Examiner Newcastle University: BSc (Hons) Exercise Biomedicine; BSc Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Working Groups:
    • Fuse’ Physical Activity Working Group

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