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Academic Biography

Dr Emma Louise Giles (Fisher) was awarded her PhD from Newcastle University in 2010. Her PhD explored the links between diet, alcohol, and physical activity in young adults, focusing on social marketing as a method to achieve lifestyle behaviour change.

She joined the School of Health and Social Care in April 2015 as Senior Research Lecturer in Public Health.

Emma has over 24 peer-reviewed journal articles and has secured over £280,000 in competitive grant funding. She is a peer reviewer for several high profile journals including Journal of the American Medical Association, PLOS One, and Appetite and is Associate Editor for BMC Public Health.

Emma is Postgraduate Tutor in the School of Health and Social Care, as well as a member of the School's Research Ethics and Governance Committee.

Currently she supervises ten PhD students based at Teesside University, and acts as an advisor to an additional PhD student at Newcastle University. She is available to supervise additional PhD students and act as an internal and external PhD examiner.

Summary of Research Interests

Emma’s research interests are primarily in the areas of social marketing for behaviour change, consumer behaviour, health promotion and public health, individual food, alcohol and physical activity behaviours, behaviour change, qualitative research, systematic reviews, and the impact of public policy on behaviour change. Emma’s PhD research focused on identifying the lifestyles of young adults in relation to food, alcohol and physical activity. This examined factors influencing individuals’ attitudes and behaviours and in particular rising obesity rates in young adults. A social marketing behavioural change framework was used to develop a targeted behavioural change strategy for encouraging healthier lifestyle behaviours in young adults.

Research Projects & External Funding

Current projects

A multi-centre individual-randomised controlled trial of screening and brief alcohol intervention to prevent risky drinking in young people aged 14-15 in a high school setting (SIPS JR-HIGH) (2015-2018)

Principal Investigator: Prof. Dorothy Newbury-Birch

Project Manager: Dr Emma L Giles

Co-investigators: Kings College London, The University of Kent, Liverpool John Moore's University, Newcastle University.

Funder: NIHR PHR

Measuring change from alcohol brief interventions: Development of a consensus core outcome set (2016-2018)

Principal Investigator: Prof. Dorothy Newbury-Birch

Co-investigators: Dr Emma L Giles, Prof. Aisha Holloway, Prof. Jeremy Bray, Prof. Anne Berman, Dr Gillian Shorter, Dr Amy O'Donnell

Funder: NHS - Balance

A pilot study to explore the feasibility and efficacy of the BeeZee Bodies/Healum App (2017-2018)

Principal Investigator: Dr Louisa Ells

Co-investigators: Dr Emma L Giles, Dr Liane Azevedo, Healum

Funder: Healum

Evaluating the North Yorkshire Healthy Choices tier 2 weight management programme for children and young people aged 5-19 years (2017-2018)

Principal Investigator: Dr Louisa Ells

Co-investigators: Dr Emma L Giles, Dr Liane Azevedo

Funder: North Yorkshire County Council

Socio-ecological influences on adolescent alcohol use and linked unhealthy eating behaviours (2016-2018)

Principal Investigator: Dr Stephanie Scott

Co-investigators: Dr Emma L Giles, Dr Louisa Ells, Dr France Hillier-Brown

Funder: Fuse, The Centre for Translational Research in Public Health

Previous Projects

A systematic review of alcohol interventions for people living with and beyond cancer (2017)

Principal Investigator: Prof. Dorothy Newbury-Birch

Co-investigators: Dr Emma L Giles, Dr Grant McGeechan

Funder: Alcohol Research UK

Children and young people: Alcohol study (2016-2017)

Principal Investigator: Dr Emma L Giles

Co-investigators: Prof. Dorothy Newbury-Birch, Dr Grant McGeechan, Balance (North East Alcohol Office)

Funder: NHS - Balance

Financial incentives for health behaviours (2012-2015)

Principal Investigator: Dr Jean Adams

Co-investigators: Dr Emma L Giles, Prof. Elaine McColl, Prof. Falko Sniehotta

Funder: NIHR

Older People and Dietary Behaviours (2010-2011)

Principal Investigator: Dr Sharron Kuznesof

Co-investigators: Dr Emma L Giles

Funder: Newcastle University

PhD and Research Opportunities

Emma currently supervises the following postgraduate students:

  1. Mr Phil Watson: DoS 2017- 2020 ‘Spiritual practices for the long term recovery from substances’ (Professional Doctorate).
  2. Ms Kate Byrnes (Graduate Tutor): DoS 2017-2021 ‘Behaviour change interventions to increase uptake of cancer screening initiatives’ (PhD).
  3. Mr Daniel Jones (Graduate Tutor): Second supervisor 2016-2020 ‘Exploring physical activity interventions in preschool children’ (PhD).
  4. Ms Elizabeth Beardsmore: Second supervisor 2016-2020 ‘Sugar reduction strategies and sugar taxation’ (PhD part-time).
  5. Ms Siobhan Taylor: Second supervisor 2013-2021 ‘How does Lean work in healthcare?’ (PhD part-time).
  6. Ms Abimbola Ojo: Second supervisor 2013-2021 ‘Promotion of healthy food in the fight against obesity: exploring the perception, beliefs, understanding, and practice of healthy eating among Black Africans in the South-East London, England’ (Doctorate in Public Health).
  7. Ms Jennifer Teke Epse Che: Third supervisor 2013-2021 ‘Exploring barriers, facilitators and marketing strategies for weight management programmes for BME communities in Medway’ (Doctorate in Public Health).
  8. Ms Caroline Nakachwa (Doctorate in Public Health). Supervised by Dr Louisa Ells (DoS), Dr Emma Giles (third supervisor), completes 2021: ‘Overweight and obesity in low and middle income countries: an exploration of treatment strategies’ (part-time).
  9. Mrs Gillian Milton: Third supervisor 2015-2018 ‘Embedding interventions into public health within a changing landscape’ (PhD).
  10. Mr Matt Capsey (PhD). Supervised by Dr Cormac Ryan (DoS), Dr Emma Giles (third supervisor), 2016-2022: ‘Use of emergency medical services by those with lower back pain’.

Emma can be contacted to discuss PhD research supervision opportunities.

External Roles and Professional Activities

Emma is an Associate Member of Fuse, The Centre for Translational Research, a member of the Food Nutrition Group of the British Sociological Association, and a member of the Regional Alcohol Partnership and Alcohol Champion’s Network, hosted by Balance the North East Alcohol Office. Through Fuse, Emma is also a member of the National Institute for Health Research funded School for Public Health Research.

She is also a member of INEBRIA, the International Network for Brief Interventions on Alcohol and Other Drugs, and is a member of the INEBRIA Special Interest Group on core outcome reporting. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

External Research Collaborations

  • Newcastle University
  • Durham University
  • Northumbria University
  • The University of Cambridge
  • Kings College London
  • The University of Kent
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • The University of Lincoln
  • The University of Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
  • Karoline Institute, Sweden
  • RTI, North Caroline, USA

Enterprise Interest and Activities

Emma is currently contributing to a book titled ‘Co-creating and Co-producing Research Evidence: A Guide for Practitioners and Academics in Health, Social Care and Education Settings’ which is due to be submitted to the publisher Routledge late 2018. In this book she is co-writing chapters on ‘The academic perspective’, ‘Pupils, teachers and academics working together on research looking at the new GCSE’s’, and ‘School staff working together with academics on a multi-centre Randomised Controlled Trial of alcohol screening and brief interventions in the high school setting’.

Emma also works with a School in North Tyneside to co-create research and help develop research skills in young people.

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

Emma contributes to teaching within the School of Health and Social Care as a guest lecturer on ethics for research, qualitative research designs, and qualitative analysis.

She is also a guest lecturer in the School of Social Science, Humanities and Law, on contemporary issues in health psychology.

External positions

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

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Research Output 2012 2019

A qualitative account of young people’s experiences of alcohol screening and brief interventions in schools: SIPS Jr-HIGH trial findings

Giles, E., McGeechan, G., Scott, S., McGovern, R., Boniface, S., Ramsay, A., Hendrie, N., McColl, E., Sumnall, H., Newbury-Birch, D. & Kaner, E., 21 Aug 2019, In : Journal of Public Health.

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Alcohol Drinking
Learning Disorders
Early Detection of Cancer
Uterine Cervical Neoplasms
Breast Neoplasms
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Brief alcohol intervention for risky drinking in young people aged 14–15 years in secondary schools: the SIPS JR-HIGH RCT

Giles, E. L., Mcgeechan, G. J., Coulton, S., Deluca, P., Drummond, C., Howel, D., Kaner, E., Mccoll, E., Mcgovern, R., Scott, S., Stamp, E., Sumnall, H., Todd, L., Vale, L., Albani, V., Boniface, S., Ferguson, J., Gilvarry, E., Hendrie, N., Howe, N. & 4 others, Mossop, H., Ramsay, A., Stanley, G. & Newbury-birch, D., 8 May 2019, In : Public Health Research. 7, 9, p. i-134 134 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Prioritization of outcomes in efficacy and effectiveness of alcohol brief intervention trials: International Multi-stakeholder e-Delphi Consensus Study to inform a core outcome set

Shorter, G., Heather, N., Bray, J., Berman, A. H., Giles, E., O'Donnell, A. J., Barbosa, C., Clarke, M., Holloway, A. & Newbury-Birch, D., 30 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. 80, 3, p. 299–309 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Delphi Technique
1 Citation (Scopus)

The Variability of Outcomes Used in Efficacy and Effectiveness Trials of Alcohol Brief Interventions: A Systematic Review

Shorter, G. W., Bray, J. W., Giles, E. L., O'Donnell, A. J., Berman, A. H., Holloway, A., Heather, N., Barbosa, C., Stockdale, K. J., Scott, S. J., Clarke, M. & Newbury-Birch, D., 1 May 2019, In : Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. 80, 3, p. 286-298 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Health Resources

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» Budding researchers probe the new GCSEs

Dorothy Newbury-Birch & Emma Fisher


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Study highlights issues alcohol causes for ambulance staff

Dorothy Newbury-Birch & Emma Fisher


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Small financial incentives ‘would encourage healthier lifestyles’

Emma Fisher


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Teens invited to learn the importance of social science research

Dorothy Newbury-Birch & Emma Fisher


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