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


Pritchett, RV, Clarke, JL, Jolly, K, Clarkesmith, D, Bem, D, Turner, GM, Thomas, GN & Lane, DA 2020, 'Clinicians' views and experiences of prescribing oral anticoagulants for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation: A qualitative meta-synthesis', PLoS ONE, vol. 15, no. 5, e0232484. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0232484

Thomson, G, Ingram, J, Clarke, J, Johnson, D, Trickey, H, Dombrowski, SU, Hoddinott, P, Darwent, K & Jolly, K 2020, 'Exploring the use and experience of an infant feeding genogram to facilitate an assets-based approach to support infant feeding', BMC pregnancy and childbirth.

Garden, EM, Pallan, M, Clarke, J, Griffin, T, Hurley, K, Lancashire, E, Sitch, A, Passmore, S & Adab, P 2020, 'Relationship between primary school healthy eating and physical activity promoting environments and children’s dietary intake, physical activity and weight status: a longitudinal study in the West Midlands, United Kingdom', BMJ open, vol. 10, no. 12, 040833. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-040833

Ingram, J, Thomson, G, Johnson, D, Clarke, J, Trickey, H, Hoddinott, P, Dombrowski, SU & Jolly, K 2020, 'Women’s and peer supporters’ experiences of an assets-based peer support intervention for increasing breastfeeding initiation and continuation: a qualitative study', Health Expectations. https://doi.org/10.1111/hex.13042

Clarke, J, Ingram, J, Johnson, D, Thomson, G, Trickey, H, Dombrowski, SU, Sitch, A, Dykes, F, Feltham, M, MacArthur, C, Roberts, T, Hoddinott, P & Jolly, K 2019, 'Assets-based infant feeding help before and after birth: a randomised controlled feasibility trial for improving breastfeeding initiation and continuation', Public Health Research.

Dasgupta, I, Thomas, GN, Clarke, J, Sitch, A, Martin, J, Bieber, B, Hecking, M, Pisoni, R, Port, F, Robinson, B & Rayner, H 2019, 'Associations between hemodialysis facility practices to manage fluid volume and intradialytic hypotension and patient outcomes', Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, vol. 14, no. 2. https://doi.org/10.2215/CJN.08240718

Jones, L, Danks, E, Clarke, J, Alidu, L, Costello, B, Jolly, K, Byrne, A, Fassam-Wright, M, Latthe, P & Taylor, J 2019, 'Exploring the views of female genital mutilation survivors, their male partners and healthcare professionals on the timing of deinfibulation surgery and NHS FGM care provision (the FGM Sister Study): protocol for a qualitative study', BMJ open. <https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/9/10/e034140.info>

Pritchett, R, Bem, D, Turner, G, Thomas, GN, Clarke, J, Fellows, R, Lane, D & Jolly, K 2019, 'Improving the prescription of oral anticoagulants in atrial fibrillation: A systematic review', Thrombosis and Haemostasis, vol. 119, no. 2, pp. 294-307. https://doi.org/10.1055/s-0038-1676835

Clarke, J, Ingram, J, Johnson , D, Tricky, H, Dombrowski, SU, Sitch, A, Dykes , F, Feltham, M, MacArthur, C, Roberts, T, Hoddinott, P & Jolly, K 2019, 'The Assets-based infant feeding help Before and After birth (ABA) intervention for improving breastfeeding initiation and continuation: feasibility study results', Maternal and Child Nutrition.

Adab, P, Pallan, MJ, Lancashire, ER, Hemming, K, Frew, E, Barrett, T, Bhopal, R, Cade, JE, Canaway, A, Clarke, JL, Daley, A, Deeks, JJ, Duda, JL, Ekelund, U, Gill, P, Griffin, T, McGee, E, Hurley, K, Martin, J, Parry, J, Passmore, S & Cheng, KK 2018, 'Effectiveness of a childhood obesity prevention programme delivered through schools, targeting 6 and 7 year olds: cluster randomised controlled trial (WAVES study)', BMJ, vol. 360, k211. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k211

Jolly, K, Ingram, J, Clarke, J, Johnson, D, Trickey, H, Thomson, G, Dombrowski, SU, Sitch, A, Dykes, F, Feltham, M, Darwent, K, MacArthur, C, Roberts, T & Hoddinott, P 2018, 'Protocol for a feasibility trial for improving breastfeeding initiation and continuation: Assets-based infant feeding help Before and After birth (ABA)', BMJ open, vol. 8, e019142. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-019142

Adab, P, Barrett, T, Bhopal, R, Cade, JE, Canaway, A, Cheng, K, Clarke, J, Daley, A, Deeks, J, Duda, J, Ekelund, U, Frew, E, Gill, P, Griffin, T, Hemming, K, Hurley, K, Lancashire, E, Martin, J, Mcgee, E, Pallan, M, Parry, J & Passmore, S 2018, 'The West Midlands ActiVe lifestyle and healthy Eating in School children (WAVES) study: a cluster randomised controlled trial testing the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a multifaceted obesity prevention intervention programme targeted at children aged 6-7 years', Health Technology Assessment, vol. 22, no. 6. <https://www.journalslibrary.nihr.ac.uk/hta/hta22080/#/abstract>

Griffin, T, Clarke, J, Lancashire, E, Pallan, M & Adab, P 2017, 'Process evaluation results of a cluster randomised controlled childhood obesity prevention trial: the WAVES study', BMC Public Health, vol. 17, no. 681. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-017-4690-0

Clarke, J, Pallan, M, Lancashire, E & Adab, P 2015, 'Obesity prevention in English primary schools: headteacher perspectives', Health Promotion International. https://doi.org/10.1093/heapro/dav113

Clarke, J, Griffin, T, Lancashire, E, Adab, P, Parry, J & Pallan, M 2015, 'Parent and child perceptions of school-based obesity prevention in England: a qualitative study', BMC Public Health, vol. 15, 1224. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-015-2567-7

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