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Sarah Dinsdale

01642 384109
Job title:
Research Associate
School of Health & Social Care
Health & Social Care research

About Sarah Dinsdale

Sarah Dinsdale

Sarah Dinsdale
Research Associate, School of Health & Social Care
T: 01642 384109
Research: Health & Social Care research

Sarah completed a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, at the University of the West of England in 2007. Here she developed a strong interest in health psychology and health promotion. Sarah subsequently completed an MSc in Health Promotion and Psychology at the University of Nottingham in 2009.  Sarah joined the Health and Social Care Institute (HSCI) at Teesside University in January 2010.

Sarah currently works as a Research Associate in Public Health.  She works within the public health team in the HSCI, and also carries out a number of projects for the Centre for Health and Social Evaluation (CHASE). Sarah is involved in a number of research projects covering various public health topics. These are often evaluations of locally run services or interventions, commissioned by the Local Authority or NHS, and therefore involve close working with those in policy and practice.

Research interests

Sarah is interested in the evaluation of public health initiatives, and in producing work that has applied value to policy and practice partners.  Results of evaluations that Sarah has worked on have helped to influence the planning or commissioning of future services or activities. For example, an evaluation of the maternal obesity pathways at a local NHS Trust influenced changes to service design and delivery. More recently, research findings have supported the development and implementation of a settings-based approach (Extra Life) across Middlesbrough. Sarah’s research interests include:

·  Qualitative research and analysis
·  Maternal obesity and public health interventions in pregnancy
·  Workplace Health
·  Public Health
·  Evaluation

Current projects

2015 Extra Life: A Healthy Settings Approach. A review of the literature and an evaluation of the early implementation and potential of ‘Extra Life’ Funded by Middlesbrough Local Authority. Research Team: Sarah Dinsdale and Professor Janet Shucksmith (Teesside University).

2015 The effectiveness of weight management, smoking cessation, and alcohol reduction interventions on changing behaviours during pregnancy: a JBI umbrella review.  Research Team: Sarah Dinsdale, Dr Liane Azevedo, Professor Janet Shucksmith (Teesside University), Dr Nicola Heslehurst, and Dr James Newham (Newcastle University).


Selected publications

Heslehurst N, Dinsdale S, Sedgewick G, Simpson H, Sen S, Summerbell CD, et al. (2015) An Evaluation of the Implementation of Maternal Obesity Pathways of Care: A Mixed Methods Study with Data Integration. PLoS ONE10(5): e0127122.

Heslehurst, N., Russell, S., Brandon, H., Johnston, C., Summerbell, C. and Rankin, J. (2015), Women's perspectives are required to inform the development of maternal obesity services: a qualitative study of obese pregnant women's experiences. Health Expectations, 18: 969–981.

Heslehurst N, Russell S, McCormack S, Sedgewick G, Bell R, Rankin J. (2012) Midwives perspectives of their training and education requirements in maternal obesity: A qualitative study. Midwifery. 29:7, 736-744.

Hall D, Shucksmith J, Russell S (2013) Building a compassionate community: developing an informed and caring workplace in response to employee bereavement. Bereavement Care, 32:1, 4-10. 

View Sarah Dinsdale's Publications on TeesRep

In the news

  • Mums-to-be get advice over weight
    Evening Gazette, 17/03/2014
    New services to help overweight mums-to-be on Teesside are to be introduced after a major research project on weight in pregnancy. Academics at Teesside University worked alongside health expe