Dr Jean Adams

Senior University Lecturer in Dietary Public Health Research

Programme Lead – Evaluation of population interventions in dietary public health

Email: jma79@medschl.cam.ac.uk
Telephone: 01223 769 142

Postal address: 
UKCRC Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR)
MRC Epidemiology Unit
University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine
Box 285 Institute of Metabolic Science
Cambridge Biomedical Campus
Cambridge, CB2 0QQ


  • 2012: PGCert, Science Communication, with distinction, University of the West of England
  • 2009: Member of the Higher Education Academy
  • 2007: MSc, Health Psychology, with distinction, City University, London
  • 2004: PhD, Epidemiology & Public Health, Newcastle University
  • 2001: MBBS, with distinction, Newcastle University
  • 1998: BMedSci (Hons), Health Psychology and Psychiatry, 2:i, Newcastle University

Background and experience

Jean Adams trained in medicine before completing a PhD on the role of biological ageing in socio-economic inequalities in health. She then won an MRC Health of the Population fellowship to work on the role of time perspective in socio-economic inequalities in health behaviours; followed by an NIHR Career Development Fellowship to work on financial incentives for health behaviour change. During these fellowships, Jean was appointed Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer, in Public Health at Newcastle University. Jean moved to Cambridge University to join CEDAR in 2014.

Current work and interests

Jean is currently involved in a range of work exploring issues around dietary public health and food policy – particularly focusing on food marketing, food retailing, cooking and how these factors interact with socio-economic position.

Professional roles

  • Academic editor, PLOS ONE
  • Member of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member, Cancer Research UK’s Population Research Committee


Current and previous grants

Determinants and outcomes of home food preparation. NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship (Dr Susanna Mills). £279k. Lead supervisor. 2014-17.

How do public health practitioners view and engage with research? A review of requests for research support, qualitative interview study and survey of public health practitioners. NIHR School of Public Health Research. £42k. Co-applicant. 2014-15.

Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a physical activity loyalty card to maintain behaviour change: a cluster randomised controlled trial. NIHR Public Health Research Programme. £831k. Co-applicant. 2014-18.

Inequitable access to preventive and therapeutic health interventions for older people and the consequences of intervention-generated inequalities (IGIs). NIHR School of Public Health Research. £1,134k. Co-applicant. 2013-17.

Transforming the ‘foodscape’: development and feasibility testing of interventions to promote healthier take-away, pub or restaurant food. NIHR School of Public Health Research. £447k. Co-applicant. 2013-16.

Phase 2 research to support the evaluation and implementation of adult cooking skills interventions in the UK: pilot RCT with process and economic evaluation components. Department of Health, Public Health Research Consortium. £356k. Co-applicant. 2013-15.

Parental incentives and quasi-mandatory schemes for increasing uptake of immunisations in pre-school children. NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme. £275k. Principal applicant. 2012-14.

Financial incentives for improving uptake of health promoting behaviours. NIHR Career Development Fellowship. £445k. Personal award. 2011-15.

Outreach programmes for health improvement of traveller communities: a pluralistic synthesis of evidence. NIHR Public Health Research Programme. £329k. Co-applicant. 2011-14

Do socio-economic differences in perceptions of risks to health contribute to socio-economic differences in health-promoting behaviours? British Medical Association. £35k. Principal applicant. 2011-13

Research to support the evaluation and implementation of adult cooking skills interventions in the UK. Department of Health, Public Health Research Consortium. £25k. Co-applicant. 2011

Evaluation of the ‘Change4Life’ convenience store programme to promote sales and consumption of fruit and vegetables. NIHR Public Health Research Programme. £1,407k. Co-applicant. 2010-13.

Evaluation of the School Sport Partnership Dance Mat Scheme: The “IDEAS” study (Impact of Dance Exercise Activity in Schools) North Tees Primary Care Trust. £91k. Co-applicant. 2010-12.

The new TV diet – evaluating the effect of the UK 2007 OfCom restrictions on television food advertising to children. National Prevention Research Initiative. £92k. Principal applicant. 2009.

MRC Special Training Fellowship in Health Services and Health of the Public Research. £158k. Personal award. 2005-09.

Faculty of Public Health Medicine and BUPA Joint Research Fellowship.  £43k. Personal award. 2001-04.