Dr Frances Hillier-Brown
(email at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Frances has a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Leeds (2003); an MSc Human Nutrition specialising in Public Health Nutrition from the University of Glasgow (2004); and a PhD in Health Sciences from Durham University titled “The development and evaluation of a novel online tool for assessing dietary intake and physical activity levels for use in adult populations” (2011). She is a member of the Association of the Study of Obesity and the Nutrition Society, and is an associate member of Fuse (the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health).
Frances is a research associate in public health nutrition whose research interests include dietary and physical activity assessment, behaviour change, intervention evaluation and health inequalities. She joined Durham University in October 2008 having previously worked at Teesside University on the systematic review of food, nutrition and physical activity determinants of weight gain as part of the World Cancer Research Fund Systematic Literature Review (SLR) Centre, and the systematic review of the effect of diet on learning and performance of school aged children, funded by the Food Standards Agency (FSA). At Durham University she has worked on the Community Challenge Project, a three-year FSA-funded programme aimed at promoting healthy diets and levels of physical activity in adults living in the Tees Valley and the NIHR funded project titled Tackling Inequalities in Obesity, comprising of two systematic reviews of the effectiveness of public health interventions at reducing socio-economic inequalities in obesity amongst children and adults.
Frances is currently working on the NIHR School for Public Health Research funded project ‘Foodscape’, which aims develop and test the feasibility of interventions to promote healthier take-away, pub and restaurant food.
School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health
Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing
Department of Geography
- Summerbell, CD. & Hillier, F. (2010). Community Interventions and Initiatives to Prevent Obesity. In Obesity Epidemiology: From Aetiology to Public Health. Crawford, D., Jeffery, R., Ball, K. & Brug, H. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 395-408.
Journal papers: academic
- 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, FC, Batterham, AM, Nixon, CA, Crayton, AM, Pedley, CL & Summerbell, CD (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. BMC 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.
- 2013: Transforming the `foodscapeż: development and feasibility testing of interventions to promote healthier take-away, pub or restaurant food (£201506.00 from NIHR)