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Dr Caroline Dodd-Reynolds, PhD; SFHEA

Co-Director (MA in Research Methods) in the Durham Research Methods Centre

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Caroline joined Durham University in August 2014 having previously been employed by Northumbria University, latterly as Director of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes within the Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation. Caroline was awarded her PhD. in 2005 by the University of Exeter’s Children’s Health and Exercise Research Centre.

Caroline has many years of experience across experimental design, interventions and evaluation. Current research is underpinned by cross-disciplinary approaches to community-based physical activity and dietary strategies, forming two strands:-

1. Community-based physical activity referral: effectiveness, participant experiences and equity of provision. This work aims to develop how we evaluate physical activity referral pathways, to consider wider determinants of 'success' and inform policy. She prefers natural experiments, and non-traditional evaluation methods.

2. Children’s physical activity, diet and health. She retains an interest in this special population and is currently leading work on reliability and validity of a new portable bone scanner for use in a community setting.

Caroline's work has been published in a range of international journals 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 Physical Activity Workshop and Communications Group for Fuse (Centre for Translational Research in Public Health) and has been on the organising committee for numerous regional Fuse workshops.

Caroline is a Senior Fellow of the HEA and has a wealth of internal and external academic quality and standards experience across undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is co-Director of Durham Research Methods Centre, where she has responsibility for postgraduate research methods curriculum development. She is also co-Director of the Physical Activity Special Interest Group, an interdisciplinary network within the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing.

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

Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences

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

Selected Publications

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Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Sport:


Selected Grants

  • 2020: RF130019: Enabling children and young people's involvement in whole system action to reduce inequalities in the social determinants of health (SPHR/Fuse/WP4), National Institute for Health Research, £543,920.68 (Durham £216,987.13) 2020-09-01 -
  • 2020: RG130002: Stakeholder mapping to inform school milk policy,N8 Pump Priming Award, £5000.00, 2020-01-01 - 2020-03-30. Dodd-Reynolds PI.
  • 2019: RF130009: Examining the policy context for reducing health inequalities among children and young people. SPHR Children and Young People (CYP) WP1, National Institute for Health Research, £83746.64, 2019-03-01 - 2020-08-31. Dodd-Reynolds Co-I.

Teaching Areas

  • Dissertation
  • Nutrition for Sport, Physical Activity and Health