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Louisa Ells

01642 342936
Job title:
School of Health & Social Care
Health & Social Care research

About Louisa Ells

Louisa Ells

Louisa Ells
Reader, School of Health & Social Care
T: 01642 342936
Research: Health & Social Care research

Dr Louisa Ells joined the University in May 2012 as Reader in Public Health and Obesity. She is a member of the Department of Women’s, Children’s and Public Health and part of the Alcohol, Obesity and Public Health Team (team alpha). She is also co-lead of the Digital and Creative Economy Grand Challenge Theme along with Professor Nash Dawood. Louisa is an associate member of Fuse, and has a part time secondment to Public Health England, where she is one of their specialist academic advisors.

Louisa has specialised in obesity research for the past two decades, working across academia, policy and practice, having previously worked at the North East Public Health Observatory and was a founding member of the National Obesity Observatory (now part of Public Health England). Louisa runs an applied research group at Teesside, finding research solutions to address real world problems, with a particular interest in undertaking systematic reviews and service evaluations, and developing digital and creative tools to support weight management and public health.

Louisa was appointed to the NICE public health advisory committee for the preparation of guidance NG7, and is currently a member of the National Child Measurement Programme board, editorial board member for the international journal of behavioural nutrition and physical activity, and was invited to teach on the 2017 European Association for the Study of Obesity train the trainer course.

She has worked on research projects bringing in over £1 million in research income, with recent grants from the World Health Organization, Public Health England, North Yorkshire County Council, NPRI, and Chief Scientist Office Scotland. She has a strong publication record and international research links with collaborators in Australia, the USA and from across Europe.

Research interests

Louisa's research interests focus on the management of obesity, public health policy, service evaluation, systematic reviewing and the development of novel tools to support public health, with a strong emphasis on multi-disciplinary collaboration, co-production and research translation.

Current and recently completed projects include:

  • Completing a Cochrane review series examining treatment interventions for children and adolescents with overweight and obesity.
  • Completing a scoping review exploring the evidence base for tier 3 weight management services for adults and children.
  • Completing the fiscal and marketing evidence reviews to support the PHE sugar reduction: from evidence into action.
  • Evaluating the North Yorkshire tier 2 adult weight management service.
  • An NPRI funded trial: How can we help parents recognise unhealthy body weight in their children?
  • A programme of work examining the relationship between pain and obesity.
  • Developing e-health weight management programmes for children aged 4-11 years.
  • Examining how weight status changes during primary school. 
  • Developing and evaluating the impact of a local sugar taxation and marketing policy.
PhD Students:
I currently supervise 6 PhD students and would be interested in hearing from potential students who wish to carry out a PhD around any of the topic areas described above.


Four selected publications since 2014

Mead E, Brown T, Rees K, Azevedo LB, Whittaker V, Jones D, Olajide J, Mainardi GM, Corpeleijn E, O'Malley C, Beardsmore E, Al-Khudairy L, Baur L, Metzendorf MI, Demaio A, Ells LJ. (2017) Diet, physical activity and behavioural interventions for the treatment of overweight or obese children from the age of 6 to 11 years. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 6. Art. No.: CD012651.DOI:10.1002/14651858.CD012651

Mead, E., Batterham AM, Atkinson G, Ells LJ (2016)."Predicting future weight status from measurements made in early childhood: a novel longitudinal approach applied to Millennium Cohort Study data." Nutr Diabetes 6: e200.

A cluster randomised trial testing an intervention toimprove parents' recognition of their child's weight status: study protocol. BMC Parkinson KN, Jones AR, Tovee M, Ells LJ, Pearce MS, Araujo-Soares V, Adamson A.J. Public Health. 2015; 15:549.

eHealth interventions for the prevention and treatment of overweight and obesity in adults: A systematic review with meta-analysis. Hutchesson M. Ells L.J, Rollo ME, Krukowski R, Harvey J, Morgan PJ, Callister R, Plotinkoff R, Collins CE Obes Rev. 2015;10.1111/obr.12268

View Louisa Ells' Publications on TeesRep

In the news

  • More Research Needed to Determine Best Treatment for Childhood Obesity, 20/12/2016; Yahoo! Finance, 20/12/2016; PR Newswire UK, 20/12/2016:The Telegraph India (web) 20.12.16: Finanzen Web20.12.16
    Researchers at Teesside University have been examining drug interventions for the treatment of childhood obesity.

  • Government proposed 'sugar tax' informed by Teesside University research
    Fuse online, 23/03/2016
    The Health and Social Care Institute worked in collaboration with Public Health England on the sugar reduction evidence review