Weight change & associated health problems


Dr Maria Salinas

Dr Maria Salinas is a HERG researcher, social anthropologist and psychologist. She has worked in health research, refugee studies and gender relations in the academic and voluntary sectors for over 25 years. She obtained her D.Phil from the University of Oxford in 2000.

​Dr Catherine Montgomery

Dr Catherine Montgomery is a senior researcher with the Health Experiences Research Group, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford. She obtained her PhD in 2010 from the University of London.


We would like to say thank you to all our participants who generously provided their time and experience to make this website possible. In addition, we would like to acknowledge the following people and organisations for their support with recruitment; Emily Burns and Lucy Trelfa, Diabetes UK; Dr Ross Shearer NHS Glasgow and Clyde Management Service and Katherine Grady, Research for the Future NHS National Institute for Health Research, Manchester.

Advisory Panel Members:

Paul Aveyard, Professor of Behavioural Medicine, Oxford University
Carole Bennett, Patient representative
Sharon Dixon, GP, and NIHR In-Practice Fellow, Oxford University
Scott Fernquest, Clinical research fellow NDORMS
Kate Hunt, Professor of Behavioural Sciences and Health, Stirling University
Debra Jackson, Professor of Nursing, Midwifery & Allied Health Research, Oxford Brookes University
Susan Jebb, Professor of Diet and Population Health, Oxford University
Anna Morris, Assistant Director of Research Strategy and Partnership, Diabetes UK 
Antony Palmer, Orthopaedic surgeon and NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer
Julian Treadwell, GP and NIHR In-Practice Fellow

From Health Experiences Research Group: 
Sue Ziebland (Director of HERG),
Maria Salinas (Qualitative Researcher) 
Abigail McNiven (Qualitative Researcher,‘buddy’)
Vanessa Eade (Project Administrator)
Jade Howard (Research assistant - Ann McPherson Fellow)

Funded by
The research was funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC). The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health.

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