Catherine is a Research Fellow based in the Physical Activity, Wellness and Public Health research group in the Sport and Physical Activity Research Centre and Co-Theme Lead for the Healthy and Active 100 theme at the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre.
Catherine was awarded her MA in Public Health with distinction from Sheffield Hallam University in 2011. Previously she completed her BSc (Honours) Physical Activity, Exercise and Health at Leeds Metropolitan University in 2003. In June 2020 Catherine completed her PhD titled – the patient experience of bariatric surgery: a longitudinal qualitive study.
Catherine is passionate about physical activity, wellbeing, public health, and related research which helps to address health inequalities and support people to live longer, healthier lives. Catherine has held practice roles in public health and physical activity development in local authorities and the NHS for 15 years.
Catherine is keen on developing and delivering coproduced research with the public and practice stakeholders. Catherine has been involved in setting up a Public Involvement in Research Groups (PIRG) to ensure the public review and contribute to research that is undertaken at the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre. She is a member of the Public and Research Collaborative (PaRC) management group and is working with colleagues at Leeds Beckett University and Public Health England to develop a Yorkshire and Humber Obesity Research Alliance to create applied research studies.
Research projects past and present
- NIHR Public Health Research – Local Authority Research Systems: exploring the will and readiness for research in Wakefield
- NIHR HS&DR Low Calorie Diet evaluation
- Keeping Warm In Later Life
- Warm Well Families
- Childhood obesity: is it a child protection concern
Nelson, P., Homer, C., & Martin, R.W. (2020). What makes a looked after child happy and unhappy? Adoption and Fostering, 44 (1), 20-36. http://doi.org/10.1177/0308575919900665
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. http://doi.org/10.1177/1420326X17719491
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). http://extra.shu.ac.uk/ppp-online/cold-snaps-childrens-health-in-a-cold-damp-home-influencing-policy-and-practice/
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. http://doi.org/10.1108/BFJ-01-2015-0014
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. http://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009389
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. http://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009636
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. http://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.13016
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. http://doi.org/10.7748/nop2013.12.25.10.22.e434
Tod, A.M., Lusambili, A., & Homer, C. (2013). Understanding factors infuencing vulnerable older people keeping warm and well in winter: A qualitative study using social marketing techniques (BMJ Open (2012) 2, (e000922)). BMJ Open, 3 (4). http://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2012-000922corr1
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. http://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2012-000922
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. http://ijw.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.198/prod.48
Homer, C., & Tod, A. (2016). Obesity and bariatric surgery : through the patients eyes. In RCN International Nursing Research Conference, Edinburgh. https://www.rcn.org.uk/news-and-events/events/rcn-international-nursing-research-conference-2016
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. https://www.stroke.org.uk/events/training-conference/uk-stroke-forum-conference-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. http://www.rcn.org.uk/development/research_and_innovation/rs/research2014
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
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: http://www.ftc-online.org.uk/publications/conference/
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. http://clahrc-yh.nihr.ac.uk/our-themes/public-health-and-inequalities/end-of-project-report
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. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00336
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