Dr Tania Griffin BSc (hons), MMedSci, PhD

Research Fellow

Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics


Contact details

Telephone +44 (0)121 415 8063

Fax +44 (0)121 415 8063

Email t.l.griffin.1@bham.ac.uk

Room 110 Learning Centre
Public Health, Epidemiology & Biostatistics
School of Health and Populations Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


Tania is a Research Fellow on the CHANGE study (Child weigHt mANaGement for Ethnically diverse communities).


  • PhD - Public health nutrition - University of Aberdeen 2011
  • MMedSci – Human Nutrition – University of Sheffield – 2007
  • BSc (hons) Sports Science and Physiology – University of Leeds - 2006


Tania graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in Sports Science and Physiology in 2006, and she went on to complete her masters in Human Nutrition at the University of Sheffield in 2007. Tania then moved to the University of Aberdeen for her PhD, which involved designing and investigating the effect of an educational intervention for primary school children focusing on dietary sugars and the importance of physical activity. Tania moved to Birmingham in 2011 to work on the WAVES study  an obesity prevention trial in primary schools, and currently works as a study coordinator on the CHANGE study (Child weigHt mANaGement for Ethnically diverse communities.)


Tania’s research at Birmingham has been focused on Childhood Obesity, both prevention and treatment. The WAVES study is an obesity prevention intervention in primary schools where Tania worked closely with the schools encouraging and monitoring delivery of the intervention and collecting information for the process evaluation using a mixed methods approach. The CHANGE study is aiming to adapt the current child weight management service running in Birmingham to make it more suitable for Bangladeshi and Pakistani families. The adaptation will be based on the current research base for adapting interventions to make the more culturally appropriate as well as views and opinions from Bangladeshi and Pakistani families collected through qualitative methods.


Griffin, T. L., Pallan, M. J., Clarke, J. L., Lancashire, E. R., Lyon, A., Parry, J. M., & Adab, P. (2014). Process evaluation design in a cluster randomised controlled childhood obesity prevention trial: the WAVES study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 11(1), 112.

Griffin, T. L., Clarke, J. L., Lancashire, E. R., Pallan, M. J., Passmore, S., & Adab, P. (2014). Teacher experiences of delivering an obesity prevention programme (The WAVES study intervention) in a primary school setting. Health Education Journal, 0017896914556907.

Griffin, T., Macdiarmid J., Loe, J., Jackson, D., and McNeill, G. Development of a tool to assess children's knowledge of non-milk extrinsic sugars, general nutrition, energy balance and physical activity. (2010) Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 69: E415

Griffin, T., Macdiarmid J., Loe, J., Jackson, D., and McNeill, G. Knowledge of non-milk extrinsic sugars and general nutrition in children aged 10–12 years. (2010) Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 69: E7

Griffin, T.L & Barker, M.E. (2008) Packed lunches for primary-school children: A qualitative study of parents' views. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 67: E218

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