From February 2017, information about the work of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow is available and updated on the University of Glasgow website.

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Staff Member Biography

Stephanie Chambers

position: Research Fellow

Contact Details

phone: 0141 353 7500 (Switchboard)


MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit,
University of Glasgow,
Top floor,
200, Renfield Street
G2 3QB

Biography and Interests

Stephanie is a Research Fellow in the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, working as part of the Complexity and Settings and Organisations programmes.  She has previously worked as a researcher at the Universities of Dundee (2008-2014) and Reading (2005-2008).  At Dundee she held a Chief Scientist Office Postdoctoral Fellowship on school food education, and before that she carried out an evaluation of the Childsmile oral health programme.  At the University of Reading, Stephanie worked as a researcher investigating sustainable and healthy food chains.  During this time she also completed her PhD examining public opinions on the causes of obesity, and support for policies to address it.  She has a BA in English and Politics and an MSc in Public Policy.

She currently holds a five year MRC/University of Glasgow Fellowship investigating children’s diets, particularly the promotion of healthier diets through the school setting.  She is also interested in work on food marketing to children.  She has research interests in mixed method approaches to complex health problems, intervention design and evaluation, and systematic review methods.

Ongoing projects include:

  • a comparative analysis of diets in Scotland compared with England (NHS Health Scotland)
  • a study of the role of grandparents in health promotion for children (Cancer Research UK)
  • a process evaluation of the Universal Free School Meal policy for P1-3 children (NHS Health Scotland)



Chambers S, Dundas R, Torsney B. School and local authority characteristics associated with take-up of Free School Meals in Scottish secondary schools, 2014. Contemporary Social Science 2016;11:52–63

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Chambers SA, Freeman R, Anderson AS, MacGillivray S. Reducing the volume, exposure and negative impacts of advertising for foods high in fat, sugar and salt to children: a systematic review of the evidence from statutory and self-regulatory actions and educational measures. Preventive Medicine 2015;75:32-43

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Nanjappa S, Chambers S, Marcenes W, Richards D, Freeman R. A theory led narrative review of one-to-one health interventions: the influence of attachment style and client-provider relationship on client adherence. Health Education Research 2014;29:740-754


Chambers S, Humphris G, Freeman R. The Parental Dental Concerns Scale (PDCS): its development and initial psychometric properties. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology 2013;41:541-550

Hayden C, Bowler JO, Chambers S, Freeman R, Humphris G, Richards D, Cecil JE. Obesity and dental caries in children: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology 2013;41:289-308


Chambers S. Public health and dental caries in young children in deprived communities in Scotland. Scottish Universities Medical Journal 2012;1

Traill WB, Chambers SA, Butler L. Attitudinal and demographic determinants of diet quality and implications for policy targeting. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics 2012;25:87-94

Turner S, Chambers SA, Freeman R. Measuring dental anxiety in children with complex and additional support needs using the modified child dental anxiety scale (faces) (MCDASf). . Journal of Disability and Oral Health 2012;13:3-10


Chambers SA, Traill WB. What the UK public believes causes obesity, and what they want to do about it: a cross-sectional study. Journal of Public Health Policy 2011;32:430-444


Baker HJ, Butler LT, Chambers SA, Traill WB, Lobb AE, Herbert . An RCT study to evaluate a targeted, theory driven healthy eating leaflet. Social Science & Medicine 2010;71:1916-1920


Chambers S, Lobb A, Butler LT, Traill WB. The influence of age and gender on food choice: a focus group exploration. International Journal of Consumer Studies 2008;32:356-365

Traill WB, Arnoult MHP, Chambers SA, Deaville ER, Gordon MH, John P, Jones PJ, Kliem KE, Mortimer SR, Tiffin JR. The potential for competitive and healthy food chains of benefit to the countryside. Trends in Food Science & Technology 2008;19:248-254


Chambers S, Lobb A, Butler L, Harvey K, Traill WB. Local, national and imported foods: a qualitative study. Appetite 2007;49:208-213