Lesley Smith, PhD, BSc (Hons)
Professor of Women’s Public Health
Institute of Clinical Health Sciences, University of Hull
Lesley is Professor of Women’s Public Health, in the Institute of Clinical Health Sciences, University of Hull. Her research involves investigating social and behavioural determinants of health and developing interventions to improve the health and wellbeing of women of reproductive age. A particular focus is on understanding the relationship between alcohol intake and dietary behaviours and their impact on maternal and infant outcomes, and the effect of physical activity/sedentary behaviour on pregnancy and childbirth. From 2013 to April 2018 she led the Oxford Brookes University Maternal and Women’s Public Health research group (OXBUMP). In 2012, Lesley and Dr Ethel Burns, Senior Lecturer in Midwifery set up Zumba 4 Bump, a community-based antenatal exercise, education and support group for pregnant women in Oxford. This is now an established social enterprise, and has received support from The Big Lottery ‘Awards For All’. Before joining the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Oxford Brookes University in 2003 she held post-doctoral research posts at the Centre for Statistics in Medicine and the Pain Research Unit at the University of Oxford where she developed strong quantitative research skills. Before this Lesley had a background in nursing.