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Academic Biography

Helen Moore is an Associate Professor, who leads the day to day work of the Evaluation and Impact Team. Helen studied at Durham University, where she obtained a BSc (Hons) in Cell Biology. This was followed with an MSc in Information Technology, and a PhD in Nutrition and Obesity both from Teesside University. Her PhD consisted of two Cochrane systematic reviews and an analysis of data from a large cohort of patients living with Type 2 Diabetes.

Helen has worked on many different trials and evaluation projects examining subjects including Education, Nutrition, Obesity, Physical Activity, as a Lecturer in Research Methods, a Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Manager at Teesside University and as the EPSRC Knowledge Exchange Manager at Durham University. 

Summary of Research Interests

Helen’s personal research interests focus on public health, children and education. These are supported by working to synthesise currently available primary evidence into review formats (rapid reviews to systematic reviews) and also to develop and evaluate interventions.

Through her role as lead of the Evaluation and Impact Team, Helen also supports members of Teesside University develop their research and evaluation portfolios.

Research Projects & External Funding

Monitoring and Evaluating the Impact of Dark Kitchens on the Food Environment: Understanding gaps in the data. Awarded 2023. NIHR ADA. Total grant: £90,366. Principal Investigator.

Increasing accessibility of affordable healthy food to adults living with Severe Mental Illness in Middlesbrough. Awarded 2023. NIHR. Total grant: £111,649. Co-Investigator.

Thematic Review of "No Wrong Door". Awarded 2023. Redcar and Cleveland Council. Total grant: £30,000. Co-Investigator.

Evaluation of "A Piece of Mind". Awarded 2023. Durham County Council. Total grant: £19,940. Co-Investigator.

Health Economic Analysis incorporating effects on Labour outcomes, households, Environment and Inequalities (HEALTHEI) for food taxes. Awarded 2022. NIHR. Total grant: £734,714. Co-Investigator.

A collaborative approach to the implementation of restrictions of hot food takeaway outlets. Awarded 2022. NIHR SPHR Impact Accelerator Account. Total grant: £14,537. Principal Investigator.

Street Tablet usage in Middlesbrough: an exploratory study. Awarded 2022. NIHR Targeting Health Needs. Total grant:£18,662. Co-Investigator.

Development of Healthy Places Framework. Awarded 2022. Office for Health Improvement and Disparities. Total grant: £3,600. Expert Advisor.

Evaluation of the Social Care Workers in Schools Pilot. Awarded 2022. Middlesbrough Council. Total grant: £10,500. Co-Investigator.

Exploration of school food contracts. Awarded 2022. South Tees Public Health. Total grant: £3,000. Co-Investigator.

Community Social Supermarkets: Understanding how they shape access and availability to healthier foods. Awarded 2021. ARC NENC. Total grant: £59,100. Co-Investigator.

Seen Heard Believed Trauma Informed Social Work Evaluation. Awarded 2021. The Cohen Trust. Total grant: £9,820. Co-Investigator.

Evaluation of Healthy Weight Tayside NIHR PHIRST.  Awarded 2021. Total grant: £129,860. Co-Investigator.

Support for PPIE work for NIHR PHR call on food insecurity. Awarded 2021. NIHR North East Clinical Research Network. Total grant: £10,000. Co-Investigator.

Planning, Hot Food Takeaways & COVID-19: perceptions of the impact of regulations on access to healthy food environments. Awarded January 2021. Public Health England. Total grant: £10,000. Joint Principal Investigator.

Heroin Assisted Treatment Intervention (HATI): A qualitative exploration. Awarded October 2020. NIHR ARC NENC. Total grant: £59,630. Co-investigator.

An Education Programme Evaluation. Awarded October 2020. STEM UK. Total grant £10,800. Co-Investigator

Life at a distance: a pilot study of two mutual aid services to support vulnerable individuals in coastal communities. Awarded July 2020. MARCH Network Plus. Total grant: £15,966. Co-Investigator

PHE Food Environments. Awarded May 2020. Public Health England. Total grant: £23,916. Co-Investigator.

Mental Health Trailblazer Evaluation. Awarded April 2020. North of England Commissioning Support Unit. Total grant: £16,609. Principal Investigator.

You've Got This Intervention Mapping. Awarded March 2020. Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council. Total grant: £20,549. Principal Investigator. (project cancelled due to restrictions around covid-19)

TV Lab: A partnership approach to intra- and inter- community engagement. Awarded December 2019. UK Research & Innovation. Total grant: £27,585. Co-Investigator.

Evaluation of Heroin Assisted Treatment Pilot Programme. Awarded October 2019. Public Health Middlesbrough; Total grant: £6,434. Joint Principal Investigator.

Piloting a consistent evidence-based messaging approach for health care professionals to support conversations on healthier weight before, during and after pregnancy. Awarded August 2019. Public Health England; Total grant: £20,836. Co-Investigator. 

Little Sprouts Evaluation. Awarded July 2019. Little Sprouts. Total Grant: £11,500. Co-Investigator.

Transforming the ‘foodscape’: development and feasibility testing of interventions to promote healthier take-away, pub or restaurant food. Awarded 2013. NIHR School for Public Health Research; Total grant: £446,646. Co-Investigator. 

Community pharmacy interventions for public health priorities: a systematic review of community pharmacy delivered smoking, alcohol and weight management interventions. Awarded 2013. National Institute for Health Research; Total grant: £143,147. Co-Investigator. 

Prevention of obesity in preschool years. Awarded 2012. National Institute for Health Research School for Public Health Research; Total grant: £133,313. Co-Investigator. 

Pre-schoolers in the Playground (PiP) - a pilot cluster randomised controlled trial of a physical activity intervention for children aged 18 months-4 years old. Awarded 2012. National Institute for Health Research; Total grant: £303,417. Co-Investigator. 

Tackling inequalities in obesity: How effective are public health interventions at reducing socio-economic inequalities in obesity amongst children and adults? Awarded 2011.  National Institute for Health Research; Total grant: £206,912. Co-Investigator. 

Community-based participatory research: ethics and outcomes. Awarded 2011. Arts and Humanities Research Council; Total Grant: £31842.72. Co-Investigator. 

Evaluation of child weight management services. Awarded 2010. NHS Stockton-on-Tees; Total Grant: £19,989. Co-Investigator. 

Fat and sugar intake and weight gain. Awarded 2009. World Health Organisation, Total grant: £19,396.13. Co-Investigator. 

ToyBox. Awarded 2009. EU Framework Programme 7, Total grant €3,906,940. Co-Investigator. 

ENERGY. Awarded 2008. EU Framework Programme 7, Total grant £3,779,048. Co-Investigator. 

TeesCAKE (Tees Consumption and Activity in Kids Experience). Awarded 2008. World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF UK). Total grant £129,879. Co-Investigator. 

Dance and Health. Awarded 2008. Dance City/Government Office North East, Total grant £6,873. Principal Investigator.


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