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Dr Catherine Homer BSc, MA, PhD, FRSPH

Senior Research Fellow


Dr Catherine Homer is a Senior Research Fellow in the Physical Activity and Public Health research group based in the Sport & Physical Activity Research Centre (SPARC) and 'Healthy and Active 100' research theme co-lead in the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC).


Catherine has worked at Sheffield Hallam University for 12 years in both Health and Social Care and Sport Research Centres. She is an expert in public health and physical activity with 20+ years' research and practice experience as a Public Health Specialist in a NHS Trust and Local Authority. Catherine has over 60 peer-reviewed articles and conference proceedings on qualitative health evaluations of paediatric/adolescent obesity, experiences of bariatric surgery, and fuel poverty health risks (old and cold) and on research grants worth over £7.4m as PI/Co-I.

Catherine's current research interests focus on public health, obesity, physical activity, and inequalities.

She is keen on using coproduction and person-centred approaches to research and service evaluation and co-led the development of the ‘Public Involvement in Research Group’ and is a member of the steering group for the Obesity Voices PPIE steering committee at Leeds Beckett University. Catherine other interests include research capacity development in statutory and voluntary sectors.

Catherine has strong collaborations with external partners and academic institutions and is currently Co-I on a £1.5m NIHR HS&DR funded (2020-23) project 'developing a co-produced mixed-method evaluation of the NHS England low calorie diet pilot' led by academics from seven northern universities. Catherine is also Co-I on a £5m NIHR PHR project Doncaster Health Determinants Research Collaboration (2022-2027).

Catherine is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health and on the editorial board of the journal Perspectives in Public Health and regularly reviews for international peer review journals and research submissions.

Following the completion of her PhD in 2020 entitled Expectation and Experiences of Bariatric Surgery: a longitudinal qualitative study, Catherine now supervises 5 Doctoral students.


Pathways to research excellence: developing a Health Determinants Research Collaboration for sustainable and applied research in Doncaster 2022 - ongoing

Supporting local authority and third sector staff to access NIHR Fellowships. 2022- ongoing

Co-production of guidance to improve the experience of physical activity for people with long term conditions. Sport England. 2020 - 2022

A coproduced mixed method evaluation of the NHS England low calorie diet implementation pilot. NIHR. 2020-2023

Yorkshire Obesity Research Alliance (YORA) 2020 - ongoing

Local Authority Research Systems: exploring the will and readiness for research in Wakefield. 2020

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Leeds Beckett University

University of Sheffield

Office for Health Inclusion and Disparities

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council

Teeside University

University of York

University of Leeds

La Trobe University

Royal Society of Public Health

Sport England


Journal articles

Evans, T.S., Dhir, P., Radley, D., Duarte, C., Keyworth, C., Homer, C., ... Ells, L.J. (2022). Does the design of the NHS Low‐Calorie Diet Programme have fidelity to the programme specification? A documentary review of service parameters and behaviour change content in a type 2 diabetes intervention. Diabetic Medicine.

Homer, C., Woodall, J., Freeman, C., South, J., Cooke, J., Holliday, J., ... Mullen, S. (2022). Changing the culture: a qualitative study exploring research capacity in local government. BMC Public Health, 22.

Fowler-Davis, S., Woodward, C., Greenfield, B., Homer, C., Williams, K., Hameed, W., ... Bryan, G. (2022). Bringing lived experience into research: good practices for public involvement in research. Perspectives in Public Health, 142 (4), 205-208.

Clare, K., Ojo, A., Teke, J., Willis, M., Akhtar, G., Clegg, B., ... Ells, L. (2022). 'Valued and listened to’: the collective experience of patient and public involvement in a national evaluation. Perspectives in Public Health, 142 (4), 199-201.

Stickley, T., O'Caithain, A., & Homer, C. (2022). The value of qualitative methods to public health research, policy and practice. Perspect Public Health.

Nelson, P., Bissell, P., Homer, C., Pollard, L., & Powell-Hoyland, V. (2020). Is Childhood Obesity a Child Protection Concern? The British Journal of Social Work.

Nelson, P., Homer, C., & Martin, R.W. (2020). What makes a looked after child happy and unhappy? Adoption and Fostering, 44 (1), 20-36.

Cronin De Chavez, A., Gilbertson, J., Tod, A., Nelson, P., Powell-Hoyland, V., Homer, C., ... Thomas, B. (2017). Using environmental monitoring to complement in-depth qualitative interviews in cold homes research. Indoor and Built Environment, 26 (7), 937-950.

Powell-Hoyland, V., Homer, C., Tod, A., Nelson, P., Cronin De Chavez, A., & Stocks, A. (2016). Cold Snaps - children’s health in a cold, damp home : influencing policy and practice. People, place and policy online, 10 (1).

Homer, C., Goldsborough, N., Barker, M., & Atchinson, R. (2016). Healthy eating in the early years : a qualitative exploration of food provision in the childminder setting. British Food Journal, 118 (4), 992-1002.

Homer, C., Tod, A., Thompson, A.R., Allmark, P., & Goyder, E. (2016). Expectations and patients’ experiences of obesity prior to bariatric surgery: a qualitative study. BMJ Open, 6 (2), e009389.

Tod, A.M., Nelson, P., Cronin de Chavez, A., Homer, C., Powell-Hoyland, V., & Stocks, A. (2016). Understanding influences and decisions of households with children with asthma regarding temperature and humidity in the home in winter a qualitative study. BMJ Open, 6 (1), e009636.

Lumley, E., Homer, C., Palfreyman, S., Shackley, P., & Tod, A. (2015). A qualitative study to explore the attitude of clinical staff to the challenges of caring for obese patients. Journal Of Clinical Nursing, 24 (23-24), 3594-3604.

Tod, A., Lusambili, A., Cooke, J., Homer, C., Abbott, J., Stocks, A., & McDaid, K. (2013). Barriers to keeping warm in later life. Nursing older people, 25 (10), 22-29.

(2013). Correction. BMJ open, 3 (4), e000922corr1.

Tod, A., Lusambili, A., Homer, C., Abbott, J., Cooke, J.M., Stocks, A.J., & McDaid, K.A. (2012). Understanding factors influencing vulnerable older people keeping warm and well in winter: a qualitative study using social marketing techniques. BMJ Open, 2 (4), 1-12.

Lusambili, A., Tod, A., Homer, C., Abbott, J., Cooke, J., & McDaid, K. (2011). Keeping warm: social connectedness and technology (a case study of Rotherham (England): technology and health in the elderly. The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, 1 (3), 27-42.

Conference papers

Ioannou, E., Humphreys, H., Homer, C., & Purvis, A. (2022). A systematic review using the socio-ecological model for physical activity interventions aiming to prevent type 2 diabetes after gestational diabetes (abstract only). Journal of Sports Sciences, 40 (Sup 1), 7.

Homer, C., & Tod, A. (2016). Obesity and bariatric surgery : through the patients eyes. In RCN International Nursing Research Conference, Edinburgh.

Homer, C., Allmark, P., Ibbotson, R., Bhanbhro, S., & Tod, A. (2015). Weight gain following stroke : its everybody's business. In UK Stroke Forum 2015, ACC Liverpool, 2015 - 2015.

Homer, C., Allmark, P., Bhanbhro, S., Ibbotson, R., & Tod, A. (2014). Long term weight gain following stroke : exploring incidence and explanations. In BSA Medical Sociology Annual Conference, Aston University, Birmingham, 10 September 2014 - 12 September 2014.

Homer, C., Tod, A., Allmark, P., Bhanbhro, S., & Ibbotson, R. (2014). Weight gain after a stroke : the issue and control. In RCN 2014 Annual International Nursing Research Conference, Glasgow, 2 April 2014 - 4 April 2014.

Childs, C., Gwilt, A., Sherriff, G., & Homer, C. Old and Cold: Challenges in the Design of PersonalisedThermal Comfort at Home. In Christer, K. (Ed.) Design 4 health: Proceedings of the 3rd European Conference on Design4Health, (pp. 1-9). Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University

Book chapters

Gwilt, A., Homer, C., Sherriff, G., & Childs, C. (2016). Community voices in design practice : a case study of understanding older adults’ clothing needs for keeping warm at home. In Futurescan 3 : Intersecting Identities. Creative and Print Services:


Lowe, A., Homer, C., & Lamb, M. (2021). #EasierToBeActive Phase 3 Report.

Lowe, A., Homer, C., & Lamb, M. (2021). #EasierToBeActive Phase 2 Report.

Lowe, A., Homer, C., & Lamb, M. (2021). #EasierToBeActive Phase 1 Report.

Lowe, A., Homer, C., & Lamb, M. (2021). #EasierToBeActive infographic.

Lowe, A., Homer, C., Quirk, H., & Hughes, T. (2021). Move More: a five year physical activity strategy for Sheffield 2021-2026.,happier%20and%20more%20connected%20Sheffield

Homer, C., Allmark, P., Bhanbhro, S., Ibbotson, R., & Tod, A. (2015). Weight gain following stroke in younger age (below 70 years) in men and women: challenges and opportunities for prevention and action. Sheffield, UK: Collaboration for Leadership in applied Health Research and Care.

Cronin De Chavez, A., Tod, A., Homer, C., Nelson, P., Stocks, A., & Powell-Hoyland, V. (2013). Warm Well Families: Rotherham Final Report. Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.

Nelson, P., Bissell, P., Pollard, L., Homer, C., & Powell-Hoyland, V. (n.d.). Is childhood obesity a child protection concern? Sheffield Hallam University.

Theses / Dissertations

Homer, C. (2020). The patient experience of bariatric surgery: a longitudinal qualitative study. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Nelson, P., Allmark, P., & Goyder, L.


Lowe, A., Homer, C., & Lamb, M. (2021). Easier To Be Active video. [Video/animation].


Cronin De Chavez, A., Nelson, P., Tod, A.M., Hoyland-Powell, V., Homer, C., & Stocks, A.J. (2014). Managing children's health in a cold, damp home - fuel poverty and childhood asthma. Presented at: BSA Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference 2014, Birmingham, UK


Cronin De Chavez, A., & Homer, C. (2015). Keeping warm with sickle cell disease. Presented at: Migrant and ethnic health research: helping to make a fairer, healthier Scotland, Glasgow, UK, 2015

Homer, C., & Tod, A. (2014). Seeking normality from bariatric surgery. Presented at: 21st European Congress on Obesity, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2014

Homer, C., & Tod, A. (2014). Social networking and bariatric surgery : support or sabotage. Presented at: 21st European Congress of Obesity, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2014

Homer, C.V., & Tod, A.M. (2013). Expectations of bariatric surgery: myths and reality. Presented at: European Congress on Obesity, Liverpool, 2013

Homer, C., & Tod, A. (2012). The weight loss surgery journey: a view from the patients' side of the lens. Presented at: 18th Qualitative Health Research (QHR) Conference, Montreal, 2012

Homer, C., & Tod, A. (2012). What is the experience of obese people undergoing bariatric surgery in the UK? Presented at: BSA Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference 2012, University of Leicester, 2012

Postgraduate supervision

Catherine currently supervises 5 PhD students in the fields of public health, obesity and behaviour change using realist, mixed method and qualitative approaches.

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