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Dr Rowan Brockman

Dr Rowan Brockman

Dr Rowan Brockman
B.Sc.(Wales), M.Sc.(Bristol), PhD (Bristol)

Senior Research Associate in Public Health

Area of research

The WISE Project (Wellbeing in Secondary Education)

Office 4.09
Canynge Hall,
39 Whatley Road, Bristol BS8 2PS
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+44 (0) 117 928 7333


I am currently employed as a Senior Research Associate for The WISE Project, which is a cluster randomised controlled trial of an intervention to improve the mental health support and training available to secondary school teachers



I graduated with Distinction from the University of Bristol in 2006 with an MSc in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health. Following this I worked as a Research Assistant on the Welsh Assembly-funded Free Breakfast Evaluation Project at Cardiff Institute of Society, Health and Ethics. I then returned to the University of Bristol's Department of Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences to work as a Research Assistant (Project Co-ordinator) on the Bristol 3Ps (Parents, Peers and Physical Activity) Project. Following on from this post, I was successful in gaining a British Heart Foundation-funded PhD Studentship to conduct research into the contribution of active play to the physical activity of primary school children. After completing my PhD I moved to the Department of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol as the Research Assistant for The WISE (Wellbeing in Secondary Education) Project. This pilot randomised controlled trial focussed on the emotional health and wellbeing of secondary school staff and students.  I am currently employed as the Research Assistant for the NAP SACC UK trial, which is a feasibility cluster randomised controlled trial in child care settings to increase physical activity and healthy eating in 2-4 year olds.


I graduated with distinction from Bristol University (2006) with an MSc in Nutrition, Physical Activity & Public Health. My dissertation looked at the effect of the Bristol University Staff Transport Plan on levels of walking and cycling amongst employees. I then worked as a Research Assistant on the Welsh Assembly-funded Free Breakfast Evaluation at Cardiff Institute of Society, Health & Ethics. This looked at how providing a free breakfast to schoolchildren influenced factors such as memory, concentration and behaviour. I have now returned to the Department of Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences at Bristol University as the Project Co-ordinator of the Bristol 3Ps Project. This is a BHF-funded study investigating the role of friends and family on physical activity in 10-11 year old children. My research interests include social and environmental influences on diet and exercise in children and the role of active commuting in public health.

  • nutrition
  • physical activity
  • public health
  • diet
  • exercise
  • children
  • obesity
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