Current work and interests
Olivia is a Research Associate with the Population Health Interventions programme.
Background and experience
Olivia’s PhD studentship with the Behavioural Epidemiology programme was funded by the NIHR School of Public Health Research and supervised by Dr Esther van Sluijs. Her PhD examined how adolescents are active and whether this varies by socioeconomic position.
Before starting her PhD, Olivia completed an undergraduate degree in Applied Sports Science at the University of Edinburgh. During this time she developed an interest in physical activity and population health. This motivated her to pursue a master’s degree in Physical Activity for Health, also at the University of Edinburgh. After graduating Olivia worked as a research assistant at the University of Cambridge on the FRESH (Families Reporting Every Step to Health) study. She also spent time at the University of York where she was involved in a project investigating the impact of income inequality on status consumption. Whilst working on these projects she became more specifically interested in the role of physical activity on health inequalities during childhood.