Dr Stephanie Hanley BSc, MSc, PhD

Stephanie Hanley

Institute of Applied Health Research
Research Fellow

Contact details

Murray Learning Centre

Stephanie is a Research Fellow working on the MuM-PreDiCT project. Her research focuses on pregnancy and postpartum care, working in collaboration with women and staff. She has skills in qualitative and quantitative research and analysis, and co-designing research with service users.

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-5260-4450


  • PhD in Maternal Health Research, Nottingham Trent University, 2021
  • MSc in Weight Management & Health in Bariatric Surgery, Swansea University, 2017
  • BSc in Sports Science, Swansea University, 2014


Stephanie joined the University of Birmingham in 2021 as a Research Fellow on the MuM-PreDiCT consortium.

Stephanie completed her PhD at Nottingham Trent University in 2021 which focused on the influence of lifestyle intervention co-design strategies on weight management and health in overweight and obese postpartum women.

Broadly, her research interests focus on understanding healthcare professionals’ and service users’ experiences of care, weight management, and antenatal and postnatal physical activity promotion.

Postgraduate supervision

Stephanie is available to supervise Masters students in areas related to her current research interests.


Key research interests include maternal and child health, and weight management and behaviour change.

 Current/recent work includes:

  • Tackling Multimorbidity at Scale; MuM-PreDiCT
  • Co-design and delivery
  • Lifestyle interventions
  • Impact of COVID-19 on maternity care
  • Managing an Impacted Fetal Head During Emergency Caesarean Section; MIDAS

Other activities

  • Scientific Advisory Board member at the Active Pregnancy Foundation


Hanley, S.J., Knight, C.J., Glenn, N.M., Stephens, J.W. and Bracken, R.M. (2019), ‘What’s the point in extending your life if this is your life’: A qualitative exploration of pre-surgery, short-term and long-term responses to bariatric surgery, Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 12(4): 530-547.


Elliott-Sale, K.J., Graham, A., Hanley, S.J., Blumenthal, S. and Sale, C. (2019), Modern dietary guidelines for health pregnancy; maximising maternal and foetal outcomes and limiting excessive gestational weight gain, European Journal of Sport Science, 19(1): 62-70.


Turner, D., Luzio, S., Gray, B.J., Bain, S.C., Hanley, S., Richards, A., Rhydderch, D.C., Martin, R., Campbell, M.D., Kilduff, L.P., West, D.J. and Bracken, R.M. (2015), Algorithm that delivers an individualized rapid-acting insulin dose after morning resistance exercise counters post-exercise hyperglycaemia in people with Type 1 diabetes, Diabetic Medicine, 33: 506-510.


Turner, D., Gray, B.J., Luzio, S., Dunseath, G., Bain, S.C., Hanley, S., Richards, A., Rhydderch, D.C., Ayles, M., Kilduff, L.P., Campbell, M.D., West, D.J. and Bracken, R.M. (2015), Similar magnitude of post-exercise hyperglycemia despite manipulating resistance exercise intensity in type 1 diabetes individuals. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports,26(4): 404-412.