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Oliver joined Edge Hill Univeristy in 2017 and is currenlty a Research Projects Coordinator affiliated to the Respiratory Research Center (RRC). He is devoted to promoting public health and experienced in conducting academic research projects employing both qualitative and quantitative methods. He possesses the capacity to lead research from the conception and design, to data analysis and drafting of manuscripts for the purpose of publication or presentation. A reliable team member with progressive characteristics and a positive communication style. He brings expertise in evidence synthesis, physical activity and obesity, public health epidemiology, measurements in medicine, psychology of behavior change and psychometrics.  He is committed to continuous personal and professional development with a genuine interest in the psychology of behavior change and obesity. He has publications in high impact journals, including Obesity Reviews and Cochrane. 

Research interests

• Measurements in medicine
• Epidemiology of obesity
• Physical activity and health
• Public health epidemiology
• Health promotion
• Psychology of health behaviour change

Olivers PhD studies considered how emotions could alter health promoting behaviour, specifically physical activity. A multi methods approach (qualitative and quantitative) was employed to develop and validate a new measurement instrument. The PhD made original contributions to knowledge in identifying how activity related fears could decrease activity participation in younger adults with obesity. 

Oliver is currently coordinating (as the contact author) two Cochrane systematic reviews relating to inhaler devices and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for people with COPD. Oliver is also coordinating an international Delphi study focused on the components of self-management in patients with bronchiectasis.

Oliver has reviewed several papers for the British Journal of Health Psychology (BJHP) and has been acknowledged by the journal for his contributions to the peer review process. 



Oliver has experience in teaching research modules for the majority of programmes within Applied Health and Social Care. This includes the level 4 module-  Understanding Research. 

Oliver has co led a Level 5 module HUG2314 Exercise, Diet and Health Promotion, which can also be studied at level 6 (HUG3264). In addition, Oliver contributes to the teaching on a level 7 module (Research Methods) and has experience supervising dissertations. 

Oliver is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). 


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Public Health Epidemiology , PhD, Edge Hill University

Award Date: 12 Nov 2020

Higher Education (FHEA), PGCert, Edge Hill University

Award Date: 10 Sep 2019

MA, University of Plymouth

Award Date: 5 Jul 2018

PGCert, University of Plymouth

Award Date: 4 Jun 2015

BSc, University of Plymouth

Award Date: 5 Jul 2012


  • R Medicine
  • Respiratory
  • Evidence synthesis
  • Epidemiology
  • Behavior change

Research Centres

  • Cardio-Respiratory Research Centre


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