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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 (49)

Chapters (1)

  • Maynard M (2015) Considerations for including different populations in nutrition research. In: Lovegrove J; Sharma S; Hodson L 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 01/01/0001 00:00:00. 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 01/01/0001 00:00:00.
  • 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) 01/01/0001 00:00:00. 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 01/01/0001 00:00:00. 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 01/01/0001 00:00:00. 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 01/01/2005 00:00:00. : 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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