Dr Tania L Griffin BSc (hons), MMedSci, PhD

Dr Tania L Griffin

Institute of Applied Health Research
Research Fellow/Study Coordinator

Contact details

+44 (0)121 415 8063
+44 (0)121 415 8063
Room 110 Learning Centre
Public Health, Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Institute of Applied Health Research
Learning Centre - room 110
University of Birmingham
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

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


  • MSc – Applied Sports Nutrition – St Mary’s University, Twickenham, 2015
  • 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, followed by a masters in Human Nutrition at the University of Sheffield in 2007 and a PhD at University of Aberdeen (2011). 
  • The PhD focused on 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). 
  • Between 2013-2015 Tania completed a Masters in Applied Sports Nutrition.


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 is based on the current research base for adapting interventions to make them more culturally appropriate as well as views and opinions from Bangladeshi and
Pakistani families collected through qualitative methods.

Other activities

Tania is a rowing coach for the University of Birmingham Boat Club.


Griffin, Tania L., et al. "A Brief Educational Intervention Increases Knowledge of the Sugar Content of Foods and Drinks but Does Not Decrease Intakes in Scottish Children Aged 10–12 Years." Journal of nutrition education and behavior 47.4 (2015): 367-373.

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.

Clarke, J. L., Griffin, T. L., Lancashire, E. R., Adab, P., Parry, J. M., & Pallan, M. J. (2015). Parent and child perceptions of school-based obesity prevention in England: a qualitative study. BMC public health, 15(1), 1.

Adab, Peymane, Miranda J. Pallan, Emma R. Lancashire, Karla Hemming, Emma Frew, Tania Griffin, Timothy Barrett et al. "A cluster-randomised controlled trial to assess the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a childhood obesity prevention programme delivered through schools, targeting 6–7 year old children: the WAVES study protocol." BMC Public Health 15, no. 1 (2015): 488.