Professor Kate Jolly MBChB, MSc, PhD, FFPH

Professor Kate Jolly

Institute of Applied Health Research
Professor of Public Health and Primary Care
Deputy Director of the Institute of Applied Health Research

Contact details

Murray Learning Centre
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Kate Jolly is a Professor of Public Health and Primary Care.

Her main research interests are on the prevention and management of important non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular and respiratory conditions; behaviour change to reduce obesity and increase physical activity and maternal and child health.


  • Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health 2018
  • 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 self-management of long-term conditions, and primary prevention of disease in the whole population and minority ethnic groups
  • Evaluation of lay or peer support or home-based interventions.
  • Interventions to support breastfeeding. 


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. Completed studies include:

  • A 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.
  • An RCT of the effectiveness of physical activity for reducing postnatal depression.
  •  An RCT trial of preventing obesity in pregnancy (POPS).
  • An RCT of a breastfeeding peer support service on breastfeeding initiation and continuation rates (HoBBIT).
  • 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

Completed trials include:

  • Self-management for COPD in primary care: RCT of telephone coaching for people with mildly symptomatic COPD.
  • Rehabilitation Enablement in Chronic Heart Failure. (Led by Professors Rod Taylor and Hayes Dalal, University of Exeter and Royal Cornwall Hospital - NIHR Programme Grant)
  • RCT evaluating the effectiveness of a range of commercial and NHS provided weight management

Other activities

  • Honorary clinical contract held with Public Health England.


Recent publications


Adab, P, Jordan, R, Fitzmaurice, D, Ayres, J, Cheng, KK, Cooper, B, Daley, A, Dickens, A, Enocson, A, Greenfield, S, Haroon, S, Jolly, K, Jowett, S, Lambe, T, Martin, J, Miller, M, Rai, K, Riley, RD, Sadhra, S, Sitch, A, Siebert, S, Stockley, RA & Turner, A 2020, 'Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in primary care; from case finding to improving patient outcomes: the Birmingham Lung Improvement Studies (BLISS) research programme', ERO .

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.

Pearce, E, Jolly, K, Jones, LL, Matthewman, G, Zanganeh, M & Daley, A 2020, 'Exercise for premenstrual syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials', BJGP Open.

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.

Daley, A, Jolly, K, Bensoussane, H, Rowland, N, Jebb, SA, Tearne, S, Greenfield, S, Yardley, L, Little, P, Tyldesley-Marshall, N, Pritchett, R, Frew, E & Parretti, H 2020, 'Feasibility and acceptability of a brief routine weight management intervention for postnatal women embedded within the national child immunisation programme in primary care: randomised controlled cluster feasibility trial', Trials, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 757.

Tudor, K, Tearne, S, Jebb, SA, Lewis, A, Adab, P, Begh, R, Jolly, K, Daley, A, Farley, A, Lycett, D, Nickless, A & Aveyard, P 2020, 'Gender differences in response to an opportunistic brief intervention for obesity in primary care: data from the BWeL trial', Clinical Obesity.

Parretti, H, Rowland, N, Tearne, S, Vince, A, Greenfield, S, Jolly, K, Jebb, SA, Frew, E, Yardley, L, Little, P, Pritchett, R & Daley, A 2020, 'Protocol for the feasibility and acceptability of a brief routine weight management intervention for postnatal women embedded within the national child immunisation programme: randomised controlled cluster feasibility trial with nested qualitative study (PIMMS-WL)', BMJ open, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. e033027.

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.

Jolly, K, Griffin, T, Sidhu, M, Adab, P, Burgess, A, Collins, C, Daley, A, Entwistle, A, Frew, E, Hardy, P, Hurley, K, Jones, L, Mcgee, E, Pallan, M, Sun, Y, Young, M & Morgan, P 2019, 'A weight management programme for fathers: cultural adaptation of Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids UK and feasibility RCT', Public Health Research.

Taylor, AH, taylor, RS, Ingram, WM, Anokye, N, Dean, S, Jolly, K, Mutrie, N, Lambert, J, Yardley, L, Greaves, C, King, J, McAdam, C, Steele, M, Price, L, Streeter, A, Charles, N, Terry, RH, Webb, D, Campbell, J, Hughes, L, Ainsworth, B, Jane , B, Jones , B, Erwin, J, Little, P, Woolf, A & Cavanagh , C 2019, 'Adding web-based behavioural support to exercise referral schemes for inactive adults with chronic health conditions: the e-coachER randomised controlled trial', Health Technology Assessment.

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.

Taylor, RS, Wingham, J, Frost, J, Britten, N, Greaves, C, Abraham, C, Warren, FC, Jolly, K, Miles , J, Paul, K, Doherty, PJ, Singh, S, Davies, R, Noonan, M & Dalal, HM 2019, 'Caregiver outcomes of the REACH-HF multicenter randomized controlled trial of homebased rehabilitation for heart failure with reduced ejection fraction', European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.

Wingham, J, Frost, J, Britten, N, Greaves, C, Abraham, C, Warren, FC, Jolly, K, Miles, J, Paul, K, Doherty, PJ, Singh, S, Davies, R, Noonan, M, Dalal, H & Taylor, RS 2019, 'Caregiver outcomes of the REACH-HF multicentre randomized controlled trial of home-based rehabilitation for heart failure with reduced ejection fraction', European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, vol. 18, no. 7, pp. 611-620.

krouwel, M, Jolly, K & Greenfield, S 2019, 'Comparing Skype (video calling) and in-person qualitative interview modes in a study of people with irritable bowel syndrome – an exploratory comparative analysis', BMC Medical Research Methodology, vol. 19, no. 1, 219.

Pallan, M, Griffin, T, Hurley, K, Lancashire, E, Blissett, J, Frew, E, Gill, P, Griffith, L, Jolly, K, Mcgee, E, Parry, J, Thompson, J & Adab, P 2019, 'Cultural adaptation of a children's weight management programme: Child weigHt mANaGement for Ethnically diverse communities (CHANGE) study', BMC Public Health, vol. 19, 848.

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