Professor Kate Jolly MBChB, MSc, PhD, MFPH

Professor Kate Jolly

Institute of Applied Health Research
Professor of Public Health and Primary Care
Deputy Director of the Institute of Applied Health Research
Head of Department of Public Health, Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Contact details

Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Institute of Applied Health Research
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, B15 2TT

Kate Jolly is a Professor of Public Health and primary care, and Head of the Department of Public Health, Epidemiology & Biostatistics.

Kate has published research papers in scientific journals in the fields of cardiovascular disease prevention, behaviour change and maternal and child health. She has received grants from the National Institute for Health Research, Department of Health and local primary care Trusts.


Professor of Public Health

  • PhD in Public Health 2008
  • Membership of the Faculty of Public Health 1998
  • MSc in Public Health Medicine 1992
  • Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners 1990
  • MBChB 1986


Kate Jolly qualified in medicine from Bristol University in 1986. She firstly trained in general practice, then in public health medicine. Her academic training took place at the Universities of Southampton and Birmingham. Kate completed her training in public health in 1999 and became a senior lecturer in 2004. In 2011 she took on the role of clinical lead for public health in the School of Health and Population Sciences and was promoted to chair in 2012. 


Postgraduate supervision

Kate is interested in supervising doctoral research students in the following areas:

  • Behavioural change programmes for rehabilitation, and primary prevention of disease in the whole population and minority ethnic groups
  • Evaluation of lay or peer support or home-based interventions.  

If you are interesting in studying any of these subject areas please contact Kate on the contact details above, or for any general doctoral research enquiries, please email: or call +44 (0)121 414 5005.

For a full list of available Doctoral Research opportunities, please visit our Doctoral Research programme listings.   



Maternal and child health, Prevention of chronic disease, Weight management and physical activity, Clinical Trials, Health service research, Qualitative methods,   


Maternal and child health

Work in this field has involved the use of high quality study designs to evaluate service innovations in maternity and child health services. She is an investigator on a recently completed randomised controlled trial (RCT) of a pregnancy outreach worker service to see whether it improves antenatal care engagement, psychological health and infant outcomes of multi-ethnic women with social risk. This was funded as part of the Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC). An RCT of the effectiveness of physical activity for reducing postnatal depression is recently completed. She is an investigator on a recently completed feasibility of trial of preventing obesity in pregnancy (POPS) funded by the NIHR SPCR and Led by Dr Amanda Daley. She was co-lead of an RCT evaluated the effectiveness of a breastfeeding peer support service on breastfeeding initiation and continuation rates (HoBBIT). She has published systematic reviews on the effects of peer support on breastfeeding peer support and the effectiveness and safety of interventions to limit weight gain in overweight and obese pregnant women.

Population-based behaviour change

She has led recent RCTs evaluating the effectiveness of a range of commercial and NHS provided weight management programmes for people in primary care (Lighten Up) and an evaluation of a self-determination theory approach to an exercise referral programme (EMPOWER) in collaboration with colleagues from Sport and Exercise Science . She is an investigator on a NPRI funded trial of brief interventions for weight management in primary care led by Professor Paul Aveyard.

Rehabilitation and secondary prevention of chronic disease.

As part of the Birmingham and Black Country CLAHRC, she is evaluated a chronic disease education programme for people from a multi-ethnic population. She has led two large trials in the field of cardiac rehabilitation: the Birmingham rehabilitation Uptake Maximisation Study (BRUM) compared the outcomes of home-based and centre-based cardiac rehabilitation and BRUM-CHF was an RCT evaluating a home-based exercise programme for patients with heart failure. A trial of self-management of COPD funded by the NIHR School for primary Care Research started in 2013.

Other activities

  • Honorary clinical contract held with Public Health England.


Duda JL, Williams GC, Ntoumanis N, Daley A, Eves FF, Mutrie N, Rouse PC, Lodhia R, Blamey RV, Jolly K. Effects of a standard provision versus an autonomy supportive exercise referral programme on physical activity, quality of life and well-being indicators: a cluster randomised controlled trial. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2014;11:10

Madigan C, Daley A, Lewis A, Jolly K, Aveyard P. Which weight loss programmes are as effective as Weight Watchers: non-inferiority analysis. BJGP (in press)

Lewis AL, Jolly K, Adab P, Daley A, Farley A, Jebb SA, Lycett D, Clarke S, Christian A, Jin J, Thompson B, Aveyard P. A randomised controlled trial to test the effectiveness of a brief intervention for weight management in primary care: study protocol. Trials 2013;14:393 (14 Nov)

Robinson E, Higgs S, Daley AJ, Jolly K, Lycett D, Lewis A, Aveyard P. Development and feasibility testing of a smartphone based attentive eating intervention. BMC Public Health 2013;13:639. (9 July)

Hall H, Jolly K. Women’s use of complementary and alternative medicines during pregnancy: a cross sectional study..Midwifery 2013;

Madigan, C, Aveyard, P, Jolly K, , Denley J, Lewis A, Daley AJ. Regular self-weighing to promote weight maintenance after intentional weight loss:  a quasi randomised controlled trial. Journal of Public Health. 2013; 9 June. doi:10.1093/pubmed/fdt061 (9 June)

Eating Attentively:  A systematic review and meta-analysis of the effect of food intake memory and awareness on eating’. Robinson E, Aveyard P, Daley A, Jolly K, Lewis A, Lycett D, Higgs S. Am J Clin Nutr. 2013 Feb 27

Marshall T, Caley M, Hemming K, Gill P, Gale N, Jolly K. Mixed methods evaluation of targeted case finding for cardiovascular disease prevention using a stepped wedge cluster RCT. BMC Public Health 2012;12:908.

Daley A, Jolly K, Sharp D, Turner K, Blamey R, Coleman S, McGuinness M, Roalfe A, Jones I, Macarthur C.The effectiveness of exercise as a treatment for postnatal depression: study protocol. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 2012; 12, 45-52.

Taylor RS, Davies EJ, Dalal HM, Davis R, Doherty P, Holland DJ, Jolly K, Smart NA. Effects of Exercise Training for Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Comparative Studies. International Journal of Cardiology 2012,162(1):6-13. doi:10.1016/j.ijcard.2013.05.070

Thangaratinam S, RogozińskaE, Jolly K, Glinkowski S, Roseboom T, Tomlinson J, Kunz R, Mol BW, Coomarasamy A, KhanKS. Effects of interventions in pregnancy on maternal weight and obstetric outcomes: A meta-analysis of randomised evidence. BMJ 2012;344:e2088..

Kenyon S, Jolly K, Hemming K, Ingram L, Gale N, Dann SA, Chambers J, MacArthur C. The ELSIPS trial: Evaluation of lay support in pregnant women with social risk: a randomised controlled trial. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012;12:11.

Jolly K, Ingram L, Khan KS, Deeks JJ, Freemantle N, MacArthur C. Systematic review of peer support for breastfeeding continuation: a meta-regression analysis of the effect of setting, intensity and timing. BMJ 2012;344:d8287.

Jolly K, Lewis A, Beach J,  Denley J, Adab P, Daley A, Aveyard P. A randomised controlled trial to compare a range of commercial or primary care led weight reduction programmes with a minimal intervention control for weight loss in obesity: the Lighten Up trial. BMJ 2011;343:d6500.

Jolly K, Ingram L, Freemantle N, Khan K, Chambers J, Hamburger R, Brown J, Dennis C-L, MacArthur C. Effect of a peer support service on breastfeeding continuation in the UK: a randomised controlled trial. Midwifery 2012;28(6):740-5.

Ingram L, MacArthur C, Khan K, Deeks JJ, Jolly K. Effect of antenatal peer support on breastfeeding initiation:  A systematic review. Canadian Medical Association Journal 2010;182(16):1739-1746.

Rouse P, Ntoumanis N, Duda JL, Jolly K, Williams GC. In the Beginning: Role of autonomy support on the motivation, mental health and intentions of participants entering an exercise referral scheme. Psychology and Health 2011;26(6):729-49.

Dalal HM, Zawada A, Jolly K, Moxham T, Taylor RS. Home based versus centre based cardiac rehabilitation: Cochrane systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ 2010;340:b5631  doi:10.1136/bmj.b5631

Daley A, Jolly K,  MacArthur C. The effectiveness of exercise in the management of postnatal depression: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Family Practice 2009;26:154-162.

MacArthur C, Jolly K, Ingram L, Freemantle N, Dennis C-L, Hamburger R, Brown J, Chambers J, Khan K. Antenatal peer support workers and breastfeeding initiation: a cluster randomised controlled trial. BMJ 2009;338:b131. 

Jolly K, TaylorRS, LipGYH, DaviesM, Davis R, Mant J, Singh S, Greenfield S, Ingram J, Stubley J, Bryan S, Stevens A. A randomised trial of the addition of home-based exercise to specialist heart failure nurse care: the Birmingham Rehabilitation Uptake Maximisation study for patients with congestive Heart Failure (BRUM-CHF) study. European Journal of Heart Failure 2009;11:205-213.

Jolly K, Lip GYH, Taylor RS, Raftery J, Mant J, Lane D, Greenfield S, Stevens A. The Birmingham Rehabilitation Uptake Maximisation study (BRUM): a randomised controlled trial comparing home-based with centre-based cardiac rehabilitation. Heart 2009;95:36-42.