Professor Miranda Pallan MBChB, MPH, PhD, FFPH

Professor Miranda Pallan

Institute of Applied Health Research
Professor of Child and Adolescent Public Health

Contact details

Murray Learning Centre
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Miranda’s research mainly focuses on the health of children and adolescents. She undertakes research in the areas of the epidemiology, prevention and management of overweight and obesity in children, school food provision and environments, and adolescent nutrition, mental wellbeing and physical activity. Her research seeks to improve health at an early stage of the life course to reduce longer term ill health, chronic disease and premature death.

Within these research areas Miranda has developed expertise in complex intervention development and evaluation, multi-methods research, and research with disadvantaged and ethnically diverse communities in the UK.


  • Fellowship (FHEA), AdvanceHE 2020
  • Fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health 2012
  • PhD in Public Health, University of Birmingham, 2011
  • Masters in Public Health, University of Birmingham, 2003
  • Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners 2001
  • MBChB, University of Birmingham, 1997
  • BSc (Hons) Pharmacology, University of Birmingham, 1994


Miranda graduated with a MBChB degree from Birmingham Medical School in 1997 and qualified as a General Practitioner in 2001. In 2002 she commenced specialist training in Public Health, and joined the Department of Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Birmingham in 2005 to sub-specialise in academic Public Health.

Miranda completed her specialist training in Public Health in 2010 and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health. She completed a PhD degree in 2011, which focused on childhood obesity prevention targeting South Asian communities in the UK. Since then, she has continued to focus her research on childhood obesity and its prevention in school-aged children, as well as expanding to related areas of child and adolescent public health. She led and supported multiple nationally funded studies in this research field. She has worked closely with schools and community healthcare teams to develop and evaluate interventions aiming to improve diet, physical activity and health and wellbeing in children and adolescents.


Postgraduate supervision

Miranda is interested in supervising doctoral research students in the following areas:

  • Childhood obesity: epidemiology and prevention
  • Food provision and environments in secondary schools
  • Wellbeing, diet and physical activity in childhood and adolescence
Miranda has successfully supervised multiple PhD/MSc by Research students to completion.


Research interests

  • Food provision and environments in secondary schools and adolescent nutrition
  • Free school meal provision and impact on nutrition and food insecurity
  • Adolescent smartphone and social media use and impact on mental wellbeing and physical activity
  • School-based complex interventions to prevent childhood obesity
  • Weight management intervention in children
  • Weight management in adults

Current projects

Other activities

  • Honorary consultant contract held with Public Health England (since 2013) 
  • Co-Chair of the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine Child Health Special Interest Group


Recent publications


Randhawa, A, Pallan, M, Twardochleb, R, Adab, P, Al-Janabi, H, Fenton, S, Jones, K, Michail, M, Patterson, P, Sitch, A, Wade, M & Goodyear, VA 2024, 'Secondary school smartphone policies in England: a descriptive analysis of how schools rationalize, design, and implement restrictive and permissive phone policies', Journal of Research on Technology in Education.

Mohamed, M & Pallan, M 2024, 'Tracking changes in weight status in primary school children in Birmingham: an analysis of the National Child Measurement Programme - a retrospective cohort study', BMJ Paediatrics Open, vol. 8, no. 1, e002547.

Kipping, R, Pallan, M, Hannam, K, Willis, K, Dobell, A, Metcalfe, C, Jago, R, Johnson, L, Langford, R, Martin, CK, Hollingworth, W, Cochrane, M, White, J, Blair, P, Toumpakari, Z, Taylor, J, Ward, D, Moore, L, Reid, T, Pardoe, M, Wen, L, Murphy, M, Martin, A, Chambers, S & Simpson, SA 2023, 'Protocol to evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of an environmental nutrition and physical activity intervention in nurseries (Nutrition and Physical Activity Self Assessment for Child Care - NAP SACC UK): a multicentre cluster randomised controlled trial', BMC Public Health, vol. 23, no. 1, 1475.

Pallan, M, Murphy, M, Morrison, B, Pokhilenko, I, Sitch, A, Frew, E, Rawdin, C, Adams, R, Adamson, A, Bartington, S, Dobell, A, Duff, R, Griffin, T, Hurley, K, Lancashire, E, McLeman, L, Passmore, S, Ravaghi, V, Spence, S & Adab, P 2023, 'School food policy in secondary schools in England and its impact on adolescents’ diets and dental health: the FUEL multiple-methods study', NIHR Journals Library.

Wood, G, Goodyear, V, Adab, P, Al-Janabi, H, Fenton, S, Jones, K, Michail, M, Morrison, B, Patterson, P, Sitch, A, Wade, M & Pallan, M 2023, 'Smartphones, social Media and Adolescent mental well-being: the impact of school policies Restricting dayTime use-protocol for a natural experimental observational study using mixed methods at secondary schools in England (SMART Schools Study)', BMJ open, vol. 13, no. 7, e075832.

Pallan, M, Mason, F, Parretti, H, Adab, P, Abbott, S & Jolly, K 2023, 'Supporting healthcare professionals to address child weight with parents: a qualitative study', British Journal of General Practice .

Zanganeh, M, Adab, P, Li, B, Pallan, M, Liu, WJ, Lin, R, Liu, W, Martin, J, Cheng, KK & Frew, E 2022, 'Relationship between weight status and health-related quality of life in school-aged children in China', Journal of Health Economics and Outcomes Research, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 75-81.

Zanganeh, M, Adab, P, Li, B, Pallan, M, Liu, WJ, Hemming, K, Lin, R, Liu, W, Martin, J, Cheng, KK & Frew, E 2021, 'Cost-effectiveness of a school-and family-based childhood obesity prevention programme in China: the 'CHIRPY DRAGON' cluster-randomised controlled trial', International Journal of Public Health, vol. 66, 1604025.

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 2020, 'A weight management programme for fathers of children aged 4–11 years: cultural adaptation and the Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids UK feasibility RCT', Public Health Research, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 1-198.

Ravaghi, V, Rezaee, A, Pallan, M & Morris, J 2020, 'Childhood obesity and dental caries: an ecological investigation of the shape and moderators of the association', BMC oral health, vol. 20, no. 1, 338.

Singhal, J, Herd, C, Adab, P & Pallan, M 2020, 'Effectiveness of school-based interventions to prevent obesity among children aged 4 to 12 years old in middle-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis', Obesity Reviews, vol. 22, no. 1, e13105.


Murphy, M & Pallan, M 2023, The role of schools in supporting healthy eating in children and young people. in GS Lalli, A Turner & M Rutland (eds), Food Futures in Education and Society. 1st edn, Routledge, pp. 87-101.


Pallan, M & Adab, P 2023, 'Preventing obesity through school-based approaches to improve nutrition', BMJ Medicine, vol. 2, e000463.

Review article

Randhawa, A, Wood, G, Michail, M, Pallan, M, Patterson, P & Goodyear, V 2024, 'Safeguarding in adolescent mental health research: navigating dilemmas and developing procedures', BMJ open, vol. 14, no. 2, e076700.

Grey, E, Griffin, T, Jolly, K, Pallan, M, Parretti, H, Retzer, A & Gillison, F 2023, 'Extended brief interventions for weight management and obesity prevention in children: a rapid evidence review', Obesity Reviews.

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