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Dr Maria Maynard


About Dr Maria Maynard

Dr Maria Maynard is a Reader in Public Health Nutrition. She obtained her BSc (Hons) in Nutrition from King's College, University of London, her PhD in Nutritional Epidemiology from the University of Bristol, and is a Registered Nutritionist (Public Health).

Maria previously worked at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the Dept. Social Medicine, University of Bristol and was Senior Investigator Scientist at the Medical Research Council Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Glasgow. Maria specialises in nutritional and social epidemiology, has published a number of articles in peer reviewed journals and has presented internationally. Maria joined our University in 2013.

Maria has been Assistant Editor on the Ethnicity & Health Journal since 2008.

Current Teaching

Maria teaches across all levels of under-graduate and postgraduate nutrition and dietetics courses. She has particular expertise and interest in research methods and is module tutor for Research Projects (Level 6), and Nutritional Epidemiology (MSc Nutrition in Practice), Level 7. Maria also provides PhD supervision and welcomes proposals from prospective students interested in research within the areas detailed above

Research Interests

Maria's research interests are encompassed within three intersecting themes: Ethnicity and health; Community-based communication, engagement and intervention; and Methodologies. Maria's work is theory-driven, including socio-ecological theory and behavioural change theory, within an over-arching life course framework.

Ethnicity and health
Maria has experience in researching the social determinants of health inequalities, and nutrition and health throughout the life course. With Prof Seeromanie Harding, Maria co-founded and co-managed the DASH longitudinal study of health of young people from diverse ethnic groups. She continues to collaborate on the study and to lead on diet and nutrition influences on ethnic differences in health.

Community-based communication, engagement and interventions
Expanding on findings from DASH on adolescent obesity led to work developing interventions to reduce obesity and sedentary behaviour among minority ethnic children. Extending this work into pilot interventions using participatory approaches within various community settings including places of worship will be the focus of Maria's research ambitions at Leeds Beckett University. Such small scale iterative development work is necessary to tailor interventions effectively, and ultimately will contribute to addressing stark ethnic inequity in nutrition related ill-health.

Methodologies
Maria's methodological expertise includes developing indices of diet quality, dietary assessment across the life course, focussing on reducing respondent burden while maintaining good quality data. She has employed quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods in studies of nutrition and health.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (46)

  • Madden A; Mashanova A; Amirabdollahian F; Ghuman S; Makda M; Collinson A; Dean F; Hirsz M; Lennie S; Maynard M (2019), Improved prediction equations for estimating height in adults from ethnically diverse backgrounds
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  • Goff L; Huang P; Silva MJ; Bordoli C; Enayat EZ; Molaodi OR; Cassidy A; Maynard M; Harding S (2019), Associations of dietary intake with cardiometabolic risk in a multi-ethnic cohort: a longitudinal analysis of the Determinants of Adolescence, now young Adults, Social well-being and Health (DASH) study
    https://doi.org/10.1017/S0007114519000291
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  • Huang P; O'Keeffe M; Elia C; Karamanos A; Goff L; Maynard M; Cruickshank J; Harding S (2019), Fruit and vegetable consumption and mental health across adolescence: evidence from a diverse urban British cohort study
    https://doi.org/10.1186/s12966-019-0780-y
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  • Apekey T; Copeman J; Kime N; Tashani O; Kittaneh M; Walsh D; Maynard M (2019), Methods of producing new nutrient data for popularly consumed multi ethnic foods in the UK
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jfca.2019.01.011
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  • Harding S; Elia C; Huang P; Atherton C; Covey K; Cole E; O'Donnell G; Almughamisi M; Read U; Dregan A (2018), Global cities and cultural diversity: challenges and opportunities for young people's nutrition.
    https://doi.org/10.1017/S0029665118000472
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  • Maynard M; Baker G; Harding S (2017), Exploring childhood obesity prevention among diverse ethnic groups in schools and places of worship: recruitment, acceptability and feasibility of data collection and intervention components
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2017.02.019
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  • Maynard M (2017), Faith-based Institutions as Venues for Obesity Prevention
    https://doi.org/10.1007/s13679-017-0257-8
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  • El Tumi H; Johnson MI; Dantas PBF; Maynard MJ; Tashani OA (2017), Age-related changes in pain sensitivity in healthy humans: A systematic review with meta-analysis
    https://doi.org/10.1002/ejp.1011
  • Hall C; Maynard M; Hardaker R (2016), Attitudes of parents towards the 'Fit Together' childhood obesity prevention programme: a qualitative study
    https://doi.org/10.1111/jhn.12367
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  • Harding S; Read UM; Molaodi OR; Cassidy A; Maynard M; Lenguerrand E; Astell-Burt T; Teyhan A; Whitrow M; Enayat Z (2015), The Determinants of young Adult Social well-being and Health (DASH) study: diversity, psycho-social determinants and health.
    https://doi.org/10.1007/s00127-015-1047-9
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  • Canon H; Maynard M (2015), Comparison of household measure descriptions and food photographs in determining food portion sizes among young adults.
    https://doi.org/10.1111/jhn.12293
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  • Hoare JTL; Austin K; Maynard M (2014), The Nutritional Content of Main Course Ready-meals Aimed at Children Aged 12 Months to 3 Years
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  • Maynard M; Baker G; Rawlins E; Harding S (2013), Addressing complexity of context: an exploratory study of childhood obesity prevention among diverse ethnic groups in schools and places of worship
  • Astell-Burt TAB; Maynard M; Lenguerrand E; Whitrow M; Molaodi O; Harding S (2013), Effect of air pollution and racism on ethnic differences in respiratory health among adolescents living in an urban environment
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2013.07.004
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  • Astell-Burt TAB; Maynard M; Lenguerrand E; Whitrow M; Molaodi O; Harding S (2013), Effect of air pollution and racism on ethnic differences in respiratory health among adolescents living in an urban environment
  • Rawlins E; Baker G; Maynard M; Harding S (2013), Perceptions of healthy eating and physical activity in an ethnically diverse sample of young children and their parents: The DEAL prevention of obesity study
    https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-277X.2012.01280.x
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  • Maynard MJ; Rosato M; Teyhan A; Harding S (2012), Trends in suicide among migrants in England and Wales 1979-2003
  • Bhui KS; Lenguerrand E; Maynard MJ; Stansfeld SA; Harding S (2012), Does cultural integration explain a mental health advantage for adolescents?
    https://doi.org/10.1093/ije/dys007
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  • Astell-Burt T; Maynard MJ; Lenguerrand E; Harding S (2012), Racism, ethnic density and psychological well-being through adolescence: evidence from the Determinants of Adolescent Social Well-Being and Health longitudinal study.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/13557858.2011.645153
  • Lenguerrand E; Bhui K; Seeromanie H; Maynard M (2011), ACCULTURATION, ETHNICITY AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH IN THE UK: FINDINGS FROM THE DASH (DETERMINANTS OF ADOLESCENT SOCIAL WELL-BEING AND HEALTH) LONGITUDINAL STUDY
    https://doi.org/10.1136/jech.2011.142976e.7
  • Maynard MJ; Harding S (2010), Perceived parenting and psychological well-being in UK ethnic minority adolescents.
    https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2214.2010.01115.x
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  • Whitrow MJ; Harding S; Maynard MJ (2010), The influence of parental smoking and family type on saliva cotinine in UK ethnic minority children: a cross sectional study.
    https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-10-262
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  • Harding S; Whitrow M; Lenguerrand E; Maynard M; Teyhan A; Cruickshank JK; Der G (2010), Emergence of ethnic differences in blood pressure in adolescence: the determinants of adolescent social well-being and health study.
    https://doi.org/10.1161/hypertensionaha.109.142935
  • Maynard MJ; Harding S (2010), Ethnic differences in psychological well-being in adolescence in the context of time spent in family activities.
    https://doi.org/10.1007/s00127-009-0047-z
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  • Baker G; Maynard M; Rawlins E; Harding S (2010), Developing obesity prevention interventions among minority ethnic children in schools and places of worship: The DEAL study
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  • Maynard M; Baker G; Rawlins E; Anderson A; Harding S (2009), Developing obesity prevention interventions among minority ethnic children in schools and places of worship: The DEAL (DiEt and Active Living) study
    https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-9-480
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  • Maynard MJ; Blane D (2009), Dietary assessment in early old age: Experience from the Boyd Orr cohort
    https://doi.org/10.1038/ejcn.2008.66
  • Harding S; Maynard MJ; Cruickshank K; Teyhan A (2008), Overweight, obesity and high blood pressure in an ethnically diverse sample of adolescents in Britain: The Medical Research Council DASH study
    https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.ijo.0803662
  • Harding S; Teyhan A; Maynard MJ; Cruickshank JK (2008), Ethnic differences in overweight and obesity in early adolescence in the MRC DASH study: The role of adolescent and parental lifestyle
    https://doi.org/10.1093/ije/dym252
  • Maynard MJ; Harding S; Minnis H (2007), Psychological well-being in Black Caribbean, Black African, and White adolescents in the UK Medical Research Council DASH study.
    https://doi.org/10.1007/s00127-007-0227-7
  • Harding S; Whitrow M; Maynard MJ; Teyhan A (2007), Cohort profile: The DASH (Determinants of Adolescent Social well-being and Health) Study, an ethnically diverse cohort.
    https://doi.org/10.1093/ije/dym094
  • Frobisher C; Tilling K; Emmett PM; Maynard M; Ness AR; Smith GD; Frankel SJ; Gunnell DJ (2007), Reproducibility measures and their effect on diet-cancer associations in the Boyd Orr cohort
    https://doi.org/10.1136/jech.2006.046524
  • Maynard M; Gunnell D; Ness AR; Abraham L; Bates CJ; Blane D (2006), What influences diet in early old age? Prospective and cross-sectional analyses of the Boyd Orr cohort.
  • Maynard M; Gunnell D; Ness AR; Abraham L; Bates CJ; Blane D (2006), What influences diet in early old age? Prospective and cross-sectional analyses of the Boyd Orr cohort
    https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cki167
  • Harding S; Maynard M; Cruickshank K; Gray L (2006), Anthropometry and blood pressure differences in Black Caribbean, African, South Asian and White adolescents: The MRC DASH study
  • Ness AR; Maynard M; Frankel S; Smith GD; Frobisher C; Leary SD; Emmett PM; Gunnell D (2005), Diet in childhood and adult cardiovascular and all cause mortality: The Boyd Orr cohort
    https://doi.org/10.1136/hrt.2004.043489
  • Maynard M; Ness AR; Abraham L; Blane D; Bates C; Gunnell DJ (2005), Selecting a healthy diet score: lessons from a study of diet and health in early old age (the Boyd Orr cohort)
    https://doi.org/10.1079/PHN2004679
  • Gunnell D; Berney L; Holland P; Maynard M; Blane D; Smith GD; Frankel S (2004), Does the misreporting of adult body size depend upon an individual's height and weight? Methodological debate
    https://doi.org/10.1093/ije/dyh301
  • Blane D; Abraham L; Gunnell D; Maynard M; Ness A (2003), Background influences on dietary choice in early old age
    https://doi.org/10.1177/146642400312300408
  • Gunnell D; Oliver SE; Peters TJ; Donovan JL; Persad R; Maynard M; Gillatt D; Pearce A; Hamdy FC; Neal DE (2003), Are diet-prostate cancer associations mediated by the IGF axis? A cross-sectional analysis of diet, IGF-I and IGFBP-3 in healthy middle-aged men
    https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.bjc.6600946
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  • Maynard M; Gunnell D; Emmett P; Frankel S; Davey Smith G (2003), Fruit, vegetables, and antioxidants in childhood and risk of adult cancer: the Boyd Orr cohort.
    https://doi.org/10.1136/jech.57.3.218
  • Maynard M (2002), Healthy diet at post-retirement ages: A life course perspective
    https://doi.org/10.1177/146642400212200304
  • Kemp M; Gunnell D; Maynard M; Davey Smith G; Frankel S (2000), How accurate is self reported birth weight among the elderly?
    https://doi.org/10.1136/jech.54.8.639
  • Gunnell D; Berney L; Holland P; Maynard M; Blane D; Frankel S; Smith GD (2000), How accurately are height, weight and leg length reported by the elderly, and how closely are they related to measurements recorded in childhood?
    https://doi.org/10.1093/ije/29.3.456
  • Wright C; Frankel SJ; Gunnell DJ; Peters TJ; Maynard M; Smith GD (1998), Childhood energy intake and adult mortality from cancer
    https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7155.414a
  • Frankel S; Gunnell DJ; Peters TJ; Maynard M; Smith GD (1998), Childhood energy intake and adult mortality from cancer: The Boyd Orr cohort study

Chapters (1)

  • Maynard M (2015) Considerations for including different populations in nutrition research. In: Maynard M Nutrition research methodologies. : Wiley, pp. 123-140.

Conference contributions (5)

  • Maynard M; Apekey TA; Kime N; Walsh D; Simpson E; Copeman J (2018) Views on risk, prevention and management of type 2 diabetes among UK Black Caribbeans EICC, Edinburgh 20180516. : Oxford University Press (OUP).
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  • Simpson E; Maynard M (2018) Christian beliefs and views on type 2 diabetes prevention and management among UK Black African-Caribbean adults Birmingham, UK 20171206. : .
  • Goff L; Silva MJ; Bordoli C; Enayat ZE; Cassidy A; Maynard M; Harding S (2017) Longitudinal associations of skipping breakfast with ethnicity and cardiometabolic risk: the Determinants of Adolescence, now young Adults, Social well-being and Health Study (DASH) 20170710. : Cambridge University Press (CUP).
    https://doi.org/10.1017/S0029665117003305
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  • Elzahaf R; Anabela S; Maynard M; Tashani OA (2017) A Meta-analytic review of the prevalence of neuropathic pain in the general population of the global south compared to the global north Birmingham, UK 20170503. : Sage.
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  • Maynard M (2017) "You don't really have the same environment, it's not the same": Exploring views on food, place and risk of type 2 diabetes among Black Caribbeans in the United Kingdom Georgetown, Guyana 20170427. : University of the West Indies.

Conference proceedings (peer reviewed) (7)

  • Harding S; Read U; Molaodi O; Cassidy A; Maynard M; Lenguerrand E; Astell-Burt T; Teyhan A; Whitrow M (2015) The determinants of young adult social well-being and health (DASH) study: the influence of parenting and religious involvement on mental health. In: Caribbean Public Health Agency: 60th Annual Scientific meeting University of West Indies, Kingston Jamaica . : University of the West Indies, pp. 1-75.
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  • Maynard M; Harding S (2008) Psychological well-being scores in adolescents from minority ethnic groups in relation to perceived quality of parenting. In: Caribbean Health Research Council 53rd Annual Council and Scientific Meetings Suriname . : University of the West Indies, pp. 1-2.
  • Maynard M; Harding S (2007) Does family process explain favourable psychological well-being scores in adolescents from minority ethnic groups in the MRC DASH study?. In: Society for Social Medicine Cork . : BMJ Publishing Group, pp. .
  • Harding S; Maynard M; Cruickshank JK; Gray L (2005) Blood pressure and its determinant in Black Caribbean, Black African, South Asian and Caucasian adolescents in the MRC DASH study in Britain. In: Caribbean Health Research Council annual conference Tobago . : University of the West Indies, pp. 24-24.
  • Maynard M; Harding S; Minnis H (2005) Psychological well-being in Black Caribbean, Black African and White adolescents in the UK MRC DASH Study. In: Caribbean Health Research Council 53rd Annual Council and Scientific Meetings Tobago 20050101. : University of the West Indies, pp. 19-19.
  • Maynard M; Harding S; Minnis H (2005) Psychological wellbeing and family type among Black Caribbean and Black African adolescents in the DASH Study. In: Society for Social Medicine Annual Conference Glasgow . : BMJ Publishing Group, pp. A25-A26.
  • Maynard M; Gunnell DJ; Emmett P; Frankel SJ; Davey Smith G (1999) Childhood diet and cancer in adulthood - a 60 year follow up study based on the Boyd Orr cohort. In: Society for Social Medicine Sheffield . : BMJ Publishing Group, pp. 672-673.

Reports (2)

  • Maynard M (2017) 'Good for the head,good for the heart' community health programme for Black Caribbeans and Black Africans: Report. . .
  • Harding S; Maynard M; Adamson A; Anderson A; Mutrie N; Petticrew M; Baker G; Rawlins E (2011) Final report: obesity in ethnic minority children and adolescents - developing acceptable parent and child-based interventions in schools and places of worship. . London: The Public Health Research Consortium.

Theses or dissertations (1)

  • Maynard M (2000), Diet in childhood and risk of adult cancer
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