Dr Joanne Clarke BA(Hons), MSc, PhD

Dr Joanne Clarke

Institute of Applied Health Research
Research Fellow, ABA-feed Study

Contact details

Institute of Applied Health Research
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Joanne Clarke is a Research Fellow for the ABA-feed Infant Feeding Study

Jo is a mixed-methods researcher with a particular interest in public health, infant feeding, obesity prevention, school health and FGM.


  • PhD in Public Health, University of Birmingham, 2016
  • MSc in Geographical Information Systems, University of Edinburgh, 1997
  • BA (Hons) in Geography, University of Leeds, 1996


Childhood obesity prevention, including the role of schools; physical activity; infant feeding.

Mixed methods research and process evaluation.


Recent publications


Martin, A, Clarke, J, Johnstone, A, McCrorie, P, Langford, R, Simpson, SA & Kipping, R 2023, 'A qualitative study of parental strategies to enable pre-school children’s outdoor and nature experiences during COVID-19 restrictions', Health & Place, vol. 79, 102967. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2023.102967

Clarke, J, Dombrowski, SU, Gkini, E, Hoddinott, P, Ingram, J, MacArthur, C, Moss, N, Ocansey, L, Roberts, T, Thomson, G, Sanders, J, Sitch, AJ, Stubbs, C, Taylor, B, Tearne, S, Woolley, R & Jolly, K 2023, 'Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of Assets-based feeding help Before and After birth (ABA-feed) for improving breastfeeding initiation and continuation: protocol for a multicentre randomised controlled trial (Version 3.0)', BMJ open, vol. 13, no. 11, e075460. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2023-075460

Jones, LL, Costello, BD, Danks, E, Jolly, K, Cross‐Sudworth, F, Byrne, A, Fassam‐Wright, M, Latthe, P, Clarke, J, Adbi, A, Abdi, H, Abdi, H & Taylor, J 2023, 'Preferences for deinfibulation (opening) surgery and female genital mutilation service provision: a qualitative study', BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, vol. 130, no. 5, pp. 531-540. https://doi.org/10.1111/1471-0528.17358

Grut , M, De Wildt, G, Clarke, J, Greenfield, S & Russell, A 2023, 'Primary health care during the COVID-19 pandemic: a qualitative exploration of the challenges and changes in practice experienced by GPs and GP trainees', PLOS One, vol. 18, no. 2, e0280733. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0280733

Knox, O, Parker, D, Johnson, D, Dombrowski, SU, Thomson, G, Clarke, J, Hoddinott, P, Jolly, K & Ingram, J 2023, 'Text message conversations between peer supporters and women to deliver infant feeding support using behaviour change techniques: A qualitative analysis', Midwifery, vol. 127, 103838. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2023.103838

Clarke, J 2023, 'The ABA-feed Study: Can a Peer Support Intervention Improve Breastfeeding Initiation and Continuation in First-time Mums?' Midwifery Matters , no. 178.

Jones, L, Danks, E, Costello, B, Jolly, K, Cross-Sudworth, F, Latthe, P, Fassam-Wright, M, Clarke, J, Byrne, A & Taylor, J 2023, 'Views of female genital mutilation survivors, men and health-care professionals on timing of deinfibulation surgery and NHS service provision: qualitative FGM Sister Study', Health Technology Assessment, vol. 27, no. 3. <https://doi.org/10.3310/JHWE4771>

CROCODILE study group & Paul, J 2022, 'Catastrophic expenditure and treatment attrition in patients seeking comprehensive colorectal cancer treatment in India: A prospective multicentre study', The Lancet Regional Health - Southeast Asia, vol. 6, 100058. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lansea.2022.100058

Martin, A, Brophy, R, Clarke, J, Hall, CJS, Jago, R, Kipping, R, Reid, T, Rigby, B, Taylor, H, White, J & Simpson, SA 2022, 'Environmental and practice factors associated with children’s device-measured physical activity and sedentary time in early childhood education and care centres: a systematic review', The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, vol. 19, no. 1, 84. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12966-022-01303-2

Lai, JF, Clarke, J, De Wildt, G, Meza, G, Addo, MA, Gardiner, E & Khanna, D 2022, 'Healthcare professionals’ perceptions of childhood obesity in Iquitos, Peru: a qualitative study', BMC Health Services Research, vol. 22, 175 . https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-022-07519-z

Chambers, S, Clarke, J, Kipping, R, Langford, R, Brophy, R, Hannam, K, Taylor, H, Willis, K & Simpson, SA 2022, 'Parents’ perceptions of children's emotional wellbeing during spring 2020 COVID-19 restrictions: a qualitative study with parents of young children in England', Child: Care, Health & Development, vol. 48, no. 6, pp. 1071-1080. https://doi.org/10.1111/cch.13034

Russell, A, De Wildt, G, Grut , M, Greenfield, S & Clarke, J 2022, 'What can general practice learn from primary care nurses’ and healthcare assistants’ experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic? A qualitative study', BMJ open, vol. 12, no. 3, e055955. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-055955

Thomson, G, Ingram, J, Clarke, J, Johnson, D & Jolly, K 2022, 'Who gets to breastfeed? A narrative ecological analysis of women's infant feeding experiences in the UK', Frontiers in Sociology, vol. 7, 904773. https://doi.org/10.3389/fsoc.2022.904773

CROCODILE study group, Kingsley, PA, Simoes, J, Bodhisattva, B, Chakrabortee, S, Clarke, J, Dutta, R, Haque, PD, Jolly, K, Mittal, R, Morton, D, Oppong, R, Phillips, A, Pipara, A, Seenivasagam, RK, Suroy, A, Veetil, SK, Bhangu, A & Ghosh, D 2021, 'Catastrophic expenditure rates and barriers for treatment adherence in patients with colorectal cancer in India: the CROCODILE study protocol', Colorectal Disease, vol. 23, no. 8, pp. 2161-2172. https://doi.org/10.1111/codi.15674


Jones, L, Costello, B, Danks, E, Jolly, K, Cross-Sudworth, F, Byrne, A, Fassam-Wright, M, Latthe, P, Clarke, J, Abdi, A, Abdi, H, Abdi, H & Taylor, J 2022 'Preferences for deinfibulation (opening) surgery and female genital mutilation service provision: a UK qualitative study'. https://doi.org/10.22541/au.165365645.56035262/v1

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