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

Dr Tania L Griffin

Institute of Applied Health Research
Honorary Research Fellow/Study Coordinator

Contact details

Room 110, Murray Learning Centre
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Tania is a Research Fellow on the Healthy Dads Healthy Kids study.


  • PhD, Public Health Nutrition, University of Aberdeen (2011)
  • MSc, Applied Sports Nutrition, St Mary’s University, Twickenham (2015)
  • 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 went on to complete her masters in Human Nutrition at the University of Sheffield in 2007 and PhD at the University of Aberdeen, developing, implementing and evaluating an educational intervention for primary school children focusing on dietary sugars.

Since moving to Birmingham in 2011, Tania has worked on a number of projects relating to childhood obesity projects including the WAVES study (childhood obesity prevention in primary schools) and the CHANGE study (cultural adaptation of child weight management programme). Tania now works on Healthy Dads Healthy Kids - a feasibility study testing the implementation of an Australian weight management programme for fathers of primary school children in a UK setting.


Deputy module lead  for Health Promotion module on Masters in Public Health.


Tania’s research at Birmingham has been focused on Childhood Obesity, both prevention and treatment. 

Other activities

Tania is a qualified nutritionist and a graduate member of the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register.


Adab P, Pallan MJ, Lancashire ER, Hemming K, Frew E, Barrett T, Bhopal R, Cade JE, Canaway A, Clarke JL, Daley A,  Deeks J, Duda J, Ekelund U, Gill P, Griffin T, et al. (2018). Effectiveness of a childhood obesity prevention programme delivered through schools, targeting 6-7 year old children: the WAVES study; a cluster-randomised controlled trial.  BMJ 360:k211.

Griffin TL, Clarke JL, Pallan MJ, Lancashire ER & Adab P. (2017). Process evaluation results of a cluster randomised controlled childhood obesity prevention trial: The WAVES study.  BMC Public Health, 17(1), 681.

Pallan MJ, Griffin TL, Lancashire ER, Hurley K, Blissett J, Frew E, Gill P et al (2016). Cultural adaptation of a children’s weight management programme for Bangladeshi and Pakistani families in the UK: a cluster-randomised feasibility study protocol. Pilot and Feasibility Studies 2, no. 1 48.

 Clarke JL, Griffin TL, Lancashire ER, Adab P, Parry JM & Pallan MJ. (2015). Parent and child perceptions of school-based obesity prevention in England: a qualitative study. BMC Public Health, 15(1), 1.

 Adab P, Pallan MJ, Lancashire ER, Hemming K, Frew E, Griffin TL, Barrett T et al. (2015). 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, 1: 488.

 Griffin TL, Jackson DM, McNeill G, Aucott LS & Macdiarmid JI. (2015). 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), 367-373.

 Griffin TL, Pallan MJ, Clarke JL, Lancashire ER, Lyon A, Parry JM & 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 TL, Clarke J, Lancashire ER, Pallan MJ, 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 74.6: 655-667

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