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Flora Douglas
Title: Dr
First Name: Flora
Surname: Douglas
Position: Reader
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Flora School is a Reader in the School of Nursing and Midwifery where her main roles are concerned with supporting postgraduate and PhD research work and in research activity across the School. Flora has a background in public health, public health research and nursing. Her main research interests are concerned with the experience and impacts of household food insecurity on long term condition management and maternal and child health, health inequalities, and the use of ethnographic and community-based participatory research methods in health-related research.

Flora contributes to a number of national (including the Scottish Government) and local steering and advisory groups concerned with addressing household food insecurity and health in Scotland. Her particular focus is on providing expert input on the evaluation of interventions intended to address food poverty in Scotland.  Flora also holds Honorary Lecturer and Research Associate appointments with the University of Aberdeen and the University of Bournemouth.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Masters and PhD research supervision
  • Developing research activity in conjunction with academic and clinical staff based within the School
  • Research methods teaching

Teaching Interests

  • Food Insecurity, Health and Social Policy
  • Health Inequalities
  • Qualitative Research Methods

Academic Background

Prior to joining Robert Gordon University, Flora held two academic posts at the University of Aberdeen (UoA). Latterly, she was a Principal Investigator on the Scottish Government-funded RESAS research programme (administered by the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, UoA) where she held a role as lead public health/social scientist for three years. In this role she was responsible for conceptualising and undertaking policy-orientated research concerned with household food security, health and well-being. In her former role at the UoA, which she held for over a decade, Flora was a lecturer within the Department of Public Health. This post was jointly funded with NHS Grampian and involved close working with senior public health clinical and non-clinical colleagues throughout the period of this appointment on a range of national public health policy and programme intervention issues. In this role, she also variously undertook teaching, degree programme coordination, course coordination, Masters and PhD supervision roles associated with undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes delivered within the Institute of Applied Health Sciences (ie. Health Sciences, Master of Public Health and Health Services Research programmes, MSc Human Nutrition, MB CHB). Flora also contributed to local UK Specialist Public Health Registrar training programmes, and to various CPD activities aimed at NHS Grampian public health staff. Flora also undertook a variety of lead and co-investigator research and evaluation roles in a number of externally-funded public health research and policy evaluation projects.

Flora started her career in clinical nursing in Glasgow (the Southern General Hospital) after she graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing degree from University of Glasgow in 1985. She then moved to Perth, Western Australia (WA) where she worked as a senior clinical nurse at St Anne's Mercy Hospital, and as a nurse lecturer at Edith Cowan University (also in Perth). Flora returned to Scotland in 1992 to study for a Masters in Public Health degree at the University of Glasgow, after which she worked in professional public health practice in Fife Health Board, and Grampian Health Board/NHS Grampian. She returned to Perth (WA) for a 2 year period in the early 2000s where she worked as a research associate in the School of Public Health: Curtin University.

As well as her Bachelor of Nursing and Masters degree in Public Health, Flora gained her PhD in Public Health (UoA) in 2011 and a PG Dip in Health Promotion (Curtin University, WA) in 1992. Flora is a member of the Institute of Health Promotion and Education and continues to maintain her Adult Nursing Registration with the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Research Interests

  • A generic interest in interventions (policy and programmatic) that promote health and well-being, and their evaluation
  • Household Food Insecurity  / Food Poverty - nature and prevalence, and its impact on health and well-being in the UK, including long-term condition management and maternal and child health
  • Obesity and Weight Management - including the role that the experience of poverty plays as a determinant and influence on both
  • Health Inequalities
  • Use of ethnographic approaches to explore and generate an understanding of lay perspectives  / lived experiences of health issues and health care
  • Household food security health and well-being Adverse health outcomes (physical, social and psychological) associated with chronic and unrecognised household food security in adults and children, with and without pre-existing chronic conditions
  • Public health policy processes and evaluation

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Flora_Douglas

·         a generic interest in interventions (policy and programmatic) that promote health and well-being, and their evaluation;

·         Household Food Insecurity  / Food Poverty - nature and prevalence, and its impact on health and well-being in the UK, including long-term condition management and maternal and child health;

·         Obesity and Weight Management - including the role that the experience of poverty plays as a determinant and influence on both;

·         Health Inequalities

·         Use of ethnographic approaches to explore and generate an understanding of lay perspectives  / lived experiences of health issues and health care.

External / Professional Roles

  • Scottish Government: National Food Poverty Advisory Group
  • Aberdeen Sustainable Food City: Steering Group
  • Menu for Change (Oxfam, Poverty Alliance, Child Poverty Action Group, Big Lottery Fund): Strategic Leadership Group
  • Scottish Government: External Evaluation Advisor Sanitary Products Access Pilot Programme

Publications

Journal Articles

  • EJEBU, OE; WHYBROW, S; MCKENZIE, L; DOWLER, E; GARCIA, AL; LUDBROOK,A; BARTON, KL, WRIEDEN  WL, DOUGLAS, F. What can Secondary Data Tell Us about Household Food Insecurity in a High-Income Country Context? Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 82; https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/16/1/82/htm
  • DOUGLAS, F.; MACKENZIE, F.; EJEBU, O.-Z.; WHYBROW, S.; GARCIA, A.L.; MCKENZIE, L.; LUDBROOK, A.; DOWLER, E. “A Lot of People Are Struggling Privately. They Don’t Know Where to Go or They’re Not Sure of What to Do”: Frontline Service Provider Perspectives of the Nature of Household Food Insecurity in Scotland. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 2738 https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/15/12/2738
  • GOMBERT, K., DOUGLAS, F., MCARDLE, K. and CARLISLE, S., 2018. Talking about food choices of former homeless young people: making sense of conflicting discourses of blame through social worlds theory. International Journal of Contemporary Education, 1(1).
  • COPPERSTONE, C., DOUGLAS, F., CRAIG, L. and JACKSON, D., 2018. Parents and schoolchildren talking about food and drink choices: A focus group study. Health Behavior and Policy Review, 5(1), pp. 28-39.
  • GOMBERT, K., DOUGLAS, F., MCARDLE, K. and CARLISLE, S., 2017. Contradictions between wanting to and being able to practice food shopping: the experiences of ‘vulnerable’ young people in the north east of Scotland. The Global Journal of Human-Social Science, 17(6).
  • GOMBERT, K., DOUGLAS, F., MCARDLE, K. and CARLISLE, S., 2017. 'Failure as learning: photovoice as methodology in research with marginalised young people'. Excursions Journal, 7(1).
  • GOMBERT, K., DOUGLAS, F., MCARDLE, K. and CARLISLE, S., 2017. Exploring the lives of vulnerable young people in relation to their food choices and practices’. World Journal of Education, 7(3).
  • GOMBERT, K., DOUGLAS, F., CARLISLE, S. and MCARDLE, K., 2017. A capabilities approach to food choices. Food Ethics, 1(2), pp. 143-155.
  • AVENELL, A., ROBERTSON, C., BOACHIE, C., STEWART, F., ARCHIBALD, D., DOUGLAS, F., HODDINOTT, P. and VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., 2016. Rapid Response Re: Letter sex-based subgroup differences in randomized controlled trials: empirical evidence from Cochrane meta-analyses. BMJ 2016, 355:i5826.
  • MACDIARMID, J.I., DOUGLAS, F. and CAMPBELL, J. 2016. Eating like there's no tomorrow: public awareness of the environmental impact of food and reluctance to eating less meat as part of a sustainable diet. Appetite, 96, pp. 487-493.
  • ROBERTSON, C., STEWART, F., BOYERS, D., DOUGLAS, F., HODDINOT, P., VAN TEIJLINGEN, E. and AVENELL, A., 2016. Should weight loss and maintenance programmes be designed differently for men? A systematic review of long-term randomised controlled trials presenting data for men and women: The ROMEO Project. Obesity Research and Clinical Practice, 10(1), pp. 70-84.
  • GOMBERT, K., DOUGLAS, F., MCARDLE, K. and CARLISLE, S., 2015. Reflections on ethical dilemmas in working with so-called ‘vulnerable’ and ‘hard-to-reach’ groups: experiences from the Foodways and Futures project. Educational Action Research, 24(4).
  • GOMBERT, K., DOUGLAS, F. and MCARDLE, K., 2015. Combining different worlds: interdisciplinarity in action research. Education in the North, 22 (Special Issue), pp. 4-23. https://www.abdn.ac.uk/eitn/documents/Volume_22_Bridging_Divides/vol22_Article_Karolina.pdf
  • ARCHIBALD, D., DOUGLAS, F., HODDINOT, P., VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., STEWART, F., ROBERTSON, C., BOYERS, D. and AVENELL, A., 2015. A qualitative evidence synthesis on the management of male obesity. BMJ Open 2015, 5(10):e008372.
  • DOUGLAS, F., SAKPO, J., KIEZEBRINK, K. and KYLE, J., 2015. Resourcefulness, desperation, shame, gratitude and powerlessness: Common themes emerging from a study of food bank use in northeast Scotland. AIMS Publich Health, 2(3), pp. 297-317. doi: 10.3934/publichealth.2015.3.297.
  • BOWYERS, D., AVENELL, A., STEWART, F., ROBERTSON, C., ARCHIBALD, D., DOUGLAS, F., HODDINOTT, P. and VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., 2015. A systematic review of the cost effectiveness of non-surgical obesity interventions in men. Obesity Research and Clinical Practice, 9(4), pp. 310-327.
  • RYAN, M., DOEKHEE, Y., AVENELL, A., DOUGLAS, F., AUCOTT, A., VAN TEIJLINGEN, E. and VALE, L., 2015. Gaining pounds by losing pounds: preferences for lifestyle interventions to reduce obesity. Health Economics, Policy and Law, 10(2), pp. 161-182. doi: 10.1017/S1744133114000413.
  • DOUGLAS, F., CLARK, J., CRAIG, L., CAMPBELL, J. and MCNEILL, G., 2014. “It’s a balance of just getting things right”: mothers’ views about pre-school childhood obesity and obesity prevention in Scotland. BMC Public Health, 14, p. 1009. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-1009.
  • STEWART, F., FRASER, C., ROBERTSON, C., AVENELL, A., ARCHIBALD, D., DOUGLAS, F., HODDINOTT, P., VAN TEIJLINGEN, E. and BOYERS, D., 2014. Are men difficult to find? Identifying male-specific studies in MEDLINE and Embase. Systematic Reviews, 3(78). doi: target="_blank">10.1186/2046-4053-3-78.
  • DOUGLAS, F.C.G., GREENER, J., VAN TEIJLINGEN, E. and LUDBROOK, A., 2013. Services just for men? Insights from a national study of the well men services pilots. BMC Public Health, 13, p. 425.
  • BESTWICK, C., DOUGLAS, F.C.G., ALLAN, J.L., MACDIARMID, J., LUDBROOK, A. and CARLISLE, S., 2013. A perspective on the strategic approach to the complexity and challenges of behaviour change in relation to dietary health. Nutrition Bulletin, 38(1), pp. 50-56.
  • WATSON, M. and DOUGLAS, F., 2013. It’s making us look disgusting … and it makes me feel like a mink … it makes me feel depressed! Using Photovoice to help ‘see’ and understand the perspectives of disadvantaged young people about the neighbourhood determinants of their mental well-being. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 50(6), pp. 278-295.
  • PATHAK, R., REGMI, P.R., PANT, P.R., SIMKHADA, P., DOUGLAS, F. and STEPHENS, J., 2010. Gender identity: challenges to access social and health care services for lesbians in Nepal. Global Journal of Health Science, 2(2), pp. 201-214.
  • MACDAIRMAID, J., LOE, H., DOUGLAS, F., LUDBROOK, A., COMERFORD, C. and MCNEIL, G. 2010. Developing a timeline for evaluating public health nutrition policy interventions. What are the outcomes and when should we expect to see them? Public Health Nutrition, 14(4), pp. 729-739. doi:10.1017/S1368980010002168.
  • DOUGLAS, F.C.G., GRAY, D.A. and VAN TEIJLINGEN, E.R., 2010. Using a realist approach to evaluate smoking cessation interventions targeting pregnant women and young people. BMC Health Services Research, 10(49). http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6963/10/49
  • GREENER, J., DOUGLAS, F. and VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., 2010 More of the same? Conflicting perspectives of obesity causation and intervention amongst overweight people, health professionals and policy makers. Social Science and Medicine, 70, pp. 1042-1049. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2009.11.017. 
  • VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., DOUGLAS, F. and TORRANCE, N., 2008. Clinical governance and research ethics as barriers to UK low-risk population-based health research? BMC Public Health, 8, p. 396. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/8/396/abstract
  • REID, G., VAN TEIJLINGEN E., DOUGLAS, F., ROBERTSON, L. and LUDBROOK, A., 2008. The reality of partnership working when undertaking an evaluation of a national Well Men’s Service. Journal of Men’s Health, 6(1), pp. 36-49. doi:10.1016/j.jomh.2008.09.007.
  • ROBERTSON, L.M., DOUGLAS, F., LUDBROOK, A., REID, G. and VAN TEIJLINGEN, E.R., 2008. What works with men? A systematic review of health promoting interventions targeting men. BMC Health Services Research, 8, p. 141. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6963/8/141
  • DOUGLAS, F., GREENER, J. and VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., 2008. ‘Ask me why I’m fat!’ The need for policy makers to consult with the intended recipients of obesity health promotion interventions. Australian Economics Review, 41(1), pp. 72-77.
  • DOUGLAS, F., TORRANCE, N., VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., MELONI, S. and KERR, A., 2006. Primary care staff’s views & practice related to routinely advising patients about physical activity. BMC Public Health, 6, p. 138. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/6/138
  • DOUGLAS, F., TORRANCE, N., VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., MELONI, S. and KERR, A., 2006. Promoting physical activity in primary care settings: health visitors’ and practice nurses’ views and experiences. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 55(2), pp. 159-168.
  • DOUGLAS, F., VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., BRINDLE, S. et al., 2005. Designing questionnaires for midwifery research. RCM Midwives Journal, 8(5), pp. 212-215.
  • BRINDLE, S., DOUGLAS, F., VAN TEIJLINGEN, E. et al., 2005. Midwifery research: questionnaire surveys. RCM Midwives Journal, 8(4), pp. 156-158.
  • DOUGLAS, F., BRINDLE, S., VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., FEARN, P. and MACKINNON, D., 2004. An exploratory study investigating computer screen-based health promotion messages and Scottish university students. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 42(4), pp. 118-126.
  • WYNESS, L., DOUGLAS, F. and VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., 2004. Diaries in health promotion research: the Mobile Information Bus evaluation. Health Education, 104(5), pp. 304-313.
  • DOUGLAS, F., WYNESS, L., GREENER, J.E., VAN TEIJLINGEN, E. and DUTHIE, L., 2002. The Grampian Mobile Information Bus - An overview of the early implementation and process evaluation of a mobile, community based health information service. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 40(2), pp. 51-59.
  • LEWIS, J., DOUGLAS, F., POLLARD, C. and THOMAS, C., 1999. Issues in menu design: what chefs say, nutritionists need to know. Australian Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics, 56(1), 40-42.

Published Reports

  • D'AMBRUOSO, L., ABBOTT, P., DOUGLAS, F., MACPHERSON, E. and OKPO, E., 2017. Case Study: Empowerment approaches to food poverty in NE Scotland. (August 26).
  • D’AMBRUOSO, L., ABBOTT, P., DOUGLAS, F., MCPHERSON, E. and OKPO, E., 2017. The Shaping Health programme on learning from international experience on approaches to community power, participation and decision-making in health. University of Aberdeen, TARSC, July. https://ssrn.com/abstract=3027083
  • DOUGLAS, F., EJEBU, Z., ADA GARCIA, A., MACKENZIE, F., WHYBROW, S., MCKENZIE, L., LUDBROOK, A. and DOWLER, E., 2015. The nature and extent of food poverty/insecurity in Scotland. NHS Health Scotland. http://www.healthscotland.com/documents/25717.aspx
  • ROBERTSON, C., ARCHIBALD, D., AVENELL, A., DOUGLAS, F., HODDINOTT, P., VAN TEIJLINGEN E. et al., 2014. Systematic reviews of and integrated report on the quantitative, qualitative and economic evidence base for the management of obesity in men. Health Technology Assessment, 18(35).
  • DOUGLAS, F., AMAYA, A., GREENER, J., LUDBROOK, A., REID, G., ROBERTSON, L. and VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., 2008. Evaluation of Well Men Health Service Pilots. Scottish Government Social Research. http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2008/04/01091641/0
  • DOUGLAS, F., AMAYA, A., GREENER, J., LUDBROOK, A., REID, G., ROBERTSON, L. and VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., 2008. Evaluation of Well Men Health Service Pilots. Research Findings No.62/2008. Scottish Government Social Research. http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2008/04/01091605/0
  • DOUGLAS, F., VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., TORRANCE, N., FEARN, P. and FULCHER, F., 2004. An investigation of primary health care staff’s knowledge and beliefs related to the health benefits of physical activity, and their attitudes and self-reported practice associated with promoting it in the Scottish context. Edinburgh: NHS Health Scotland. http://www.hebs.scot.nhs.uk/researchcentre/pdf/RE002Final.pdf
  • DOUGLAS, F., VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., BRINDLE, S. and FEARN, P., 2003. An evaluation of a computer screen-based health promotion intervention aimed at students in higher education in Scotland. Edinburgh: Health Education Board for Scotland.

Book Chapter

  • GREENER, J., DOUGLAS, F. and VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., 2011. Obesity dilemmas: narrations of the “fat” body amongst the self-identified overweight and obese. In: M.P. MARTINEZ and H. ROBINSON, eds. Obesity and weight management: challenges, practices and health implications. Nova Books: Hauppauge.

Conference Papers

  • DOUGLAS, F., EJEBU, Z., ADA GARCIA, A., MACKENZIE, F., WHYBROW, S., MCKENZIE, L., LUDBROOK, A. and DOWLER, E., 2015. Food Poverty in Scotland: A Preliminary Study of the Prevalence and Nature of Food Poverty using Secondary Data. Securing Scotland’s Health. Public Health Faculty Conference. 5-6 November 2015. Peebles.
  • DOUGLAS, F., EJEBU, Z., ADA GARCIA, A., MACKENZIE, F., WHYBROW, S., MCKENZIE, L., LUDBROOK, A. and DOWLER, E., 2015. Looking Beyond Food Banks: A Qualitative Study of Food Poverty in Scotland. Securing Scotland’s Health. Public Health Faculty Conference. 5-6 November 2015. Peebles.
  • GOMBERT, K., DOUGLAS, F., MCARDLE, K. and CARLISLE, S., 2015. Health Promotion versus Lived Experiences. Where does food figure in the lives of so called vulnerable young people in Scotland? Securing Scotland’s Health. Public Health Faculty Conference. 5-6 November 2015. Peebles.
  • DOUGLAS, F., EJEBU, Z., ADA GARCIA, A., MACKENZIE, F., WHYBROW, S., MCKENZIE, L., LUDBROOK, A. and DOWLER, E., 2015. Food, Poverty and Policy: Evidence Base and Knowledge Gaps. British Sociological Association Food Study Group and Sheffield Political Economy Group Seminar. 30 June 2015. Sheffield University.
  • DOUGLAS, F., SAKPO, J., KIEZEBRINK, K., KYLE, J. RAE, F. and SIMMERS, D.I., 2014. “!It’s a very humbling experience, very embarrassing and you feel ashamed, but you’re desperate”:  A feasibility study of food bank use in Aberdeen. Public Health in a Changing Scotland. Annual Scottish Faculty of Public Health Conference. 6-7 November 2014. Aviemore.
  • ROBERTSON, C., AVENELL, A., BOACHIE, C., STEWART, F., ARCHIBALD, D., DOUGLAS, F., HODDINOTT, P., VAN TEIJLINGEN, E. and BOYERS, D., 2014. Should weight loss programmes be designed differently for men and women? The ROMEO Project. European Congress on Obesity. 16-17 September 2014. Birmingham.
  • ARCHIBALD, D., DOUGLAS, F., HODDINOTT, P., VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., ROBERTSON, C., STEWART, F., BOYERS, D. and AVENELL, A., 2014. A qualitative evidence synthesis on the management of male obesity: the ROMEO Project. Men, health and well-being. Critical Insights Conference. 7-8 July 2014. Leeds.
  • MACDIARMID, J., DOUGLAS, F., CAMPBELL, J. and CROWLEY, E., 2014.  Are you willing to reduce your meat consumption to save the planet?  Qualitative study to explore Issues of climate change and meat consumption among adults in Scotland. Food & Society Conference. British Sociological Association. 30 June 2014. London.
  • DOUGLAS, F., CRAIG, L., CLARK, J., COMERFORD, C. and MCNEILL, G., 2013. A formative qualitative study of parental and health visitor perspectives’ about weight management interventions intended for under-fives in Grampian. Scottish Faculty of Public Health Conference: Making Scotland a Healthier Place. 7-8 November 2013. Dunblane Hydro.
  • DOUGLAS, F., CLARK, J., CRAIG, L.C.A., GILMARTIN, A.E., COMERFORD, C. and MCNEILL, G., 2013. A formative study exploring parents’ and health visitors’ perspectives of the relevance and acceptability of weight management interventions targeting preschool children in Scotland. Nutrition Society: Irish Section Meeting: Childhood nutrition and obesity: Current status and future challenges. 19-21 June 2013. Dublin.
  • WATSON, M., JACKSON, D., DOUGLAS, F., ALLAN, J. and CRAIG, T., 2013. Greenspace - an environmental good for all? 10th Biennial Conference on Environmental Psychology. 22-25 September 2013. Otto-von-Guericke-University, Magdeburg, Germany.
  • DOUGLAS, F., CRAIG, L., CLARK, J., GRIFFIN, T. and COMERFORD, C., 2012. “I thought they had to go out before they go up”: A qualitative study of parental perspectives about child overweight and obesity, and weight management interventions intended to address it. Scottish Faculty of Public Health Conference 'Heads up for Public Health: Inspiration, Integration and Innovation'. 8-9 November 2012. Crieff Hydro.
  • ARCHIBALD, D., DOUGLAS, F., HODDINOTT, P., VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., ROBERTSON, C. and AVENELL, A., 2012. Tackling male obesity: the ROMEO (Review Of MEn and Obesity) study. Scottish Faculty of Public Health Conference 'Heads up for Public Health: Inspiration, Integration and Innovation'. 8-9 November 2012. Crieff Hydro.
  • DOUGLAS, F., CRAIG, L., CLARK, J., GRIFFIN, T. and COMERFORD, C., 2012. Evaluation of NHS Grampian’s Child Healthy Weight Programmes. Nutrition Society Meeting. Scottish Section Meeting: Future Food and Health. 26–27 March 2012. http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=8551759&fulltextType=AB&fileId=S002966511200047X
  • DOUGLAS, F., 2011. Public Health Policy Implementation: Lessons from the frontline. Paper presented at the Annual Public Health Faculty Conference: Quality, Public Health and Scotland: Improving Standard in a Changing Climate. 10-11 November 2011. Aviemore.
  • LUBROOK, A. and DOUGLAS, F., 2011. What works well with Keep Well? Initial providers' perspectives on anticipatory care. Paper presented at the Annual Public Health Faculty Conference: Quality, Public Health and Scotland: Improving Standard in a Changing Climate. 10-11 November 2011. Aviemore.
  • DOUGLAS, F. and WATSON, M., 2011. Can Photovoice help us 'see' and understand the perspectives of disadvantaged young people about the determinants of their mental well-being? A pilot study. Paper presented at the Annual Public Health Faculty Conference: Quality, Public Health and Scotland: Improving Standard in a Changing Climate. 10-11 November 2011. Aviemore.
  • DOUGLAS, F., GRAY, D. and VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., 2011. ‘Midwife-led smoking cessation services for pregnant women: A good idea?’ presented at 29th tri-annual Congress of International Confederation of Midwives. June 2011. Durban, South Africa,
  • VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., AVENELL, A., DOUGLAS, F. and HODDINOTT, P., 2011. 'Synthesising & Integrating Qualitative Research Evidence' plenary session presented at Methods @ Plymouth 2011, Methods and methodology: Innovations, influence, impact and ethics. 20 May 2011. The University of Plymouth.
  • RYAN, M., YI, D., AVENELL, A., DOUGLAS, F., AUCOTT, L., VAN TEIJLINGEN, E. and VALE, L., 2010. Understanding preferences for lifestyle interventions to reduce obesity: should we pay people to live well? UKSBM 6th Scientific Meeting / NPRI Annual Scientific Meeting. 14-15 December 2010. Leeds.
  • POOBALAN, A., AUCOTT, L., MCHARDY, S., VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., ARAUJO-SOARES, V., DOUGLAS, F. and SMITH, W.C.S., 2010. Obesity in young adults (18-25 year olds) and their attitudes, intentions and behaviour. International Congress on Obesity. 11-15 July 2010. Stockholm, Sweden.
  • DOUGLAS, F., VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., SMITH, W.C.S. and MOFFAT, M., 2009. ‘Hard-to-reach’ groups formulating policy interventions? Annual Scottish Public Health Faculty Conference: Public Health in a Change of Age. 12-13 November 2009. Peebles.
  • DOUGLAS, F., VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., SMITH, W.C.S. and MOFFAT, M., 2009. What role does evidence play in public health practice?   Reflections from the Well Men’s Services Pilots Project Evaluation. Annual Scottish Public Health Faculty Conference: Public Health in a Change of Age. 12-13 November 2009. Peebles.
  • MACDIARMID, J., LOE, J., DOUGLAS, F., LUDBROOK, A., COMERFORD, C. and MACNEIL, G., 2009. Concept mapping: an approach for developing an evaluation framework and realistic outcome indicators for community-based nutrition interventions. Nutrition Society Summer Meeting, Over and under-nutrition: challenges and approaches. 29 June - 2 July 2009. University of Surrey.
  • DOUGLAS, F., 2007. Changing the emphasis of public health. Scottish Faculty of Public Health Conference. November 2007. Airth Castle, Falkirk.
  • DOUGLAS, F., VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., LUDBROOK, A. and REID, G., 2007. What men want, and what we say they can have! 19th International Union of Health Promotion and Education World Conference. 9-17 June 2007. Vancouver.
  • VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., DOUGLAS, F., LUDBROOK, A. and REID, G., 2007. Hard to reach men: undefined and hard to find. 19th International Union of Health Promotion and Education World Conference. 9-17 June 2007. Vancouver.
  • WIMBUSH, E., MACDONALD, B. and DOUGLAS, F., 2007. Meeting the challenges of evaluating large health promotion programmes and the role of values clarification. Symposium given at the 19th International Union of Health Promotion and Education World Conference. 9-17 June 2007. Vancouver.
  • MACDONALD, B. and DOUGLAS, F., 2007. Building a capability for evaluating health promotion programs amongst national and local partners. Workshop given at the 19th International Union of Health Promotion and Education World Conference. 9-17 June 2007. Vancouver.
  • DOUGLAS, F. and BROWN, E., 2005. Youth bus: A mobile information bus for teenage health. Making it Work 2: International Networking for Rural Health: Supporting Healthy Rural Communities. International Conference: The Northern Health Boards of NHS Scotland and the Northern Norway Regional Health Authority. 21-23 September 2005. Helse Nord.
  • DOUGLAS, F., TORRANCE, N., FEARN, P., FULCHER, F. and VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., 2004. Primary healthcare staff’s knowledge, attitudes and practice related to promoting physical activity during routine patient consultations in Scotland. Evidence, Policy, Practice in Public Health Research in Scotland. 17-18 June 2004. Royal Society of Edinburgh.
  • BRINDLE, S., DOUGLAS, F.  and VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., 2003.  Evaluation of a health promotion intervention delivered through university computers and aimed at students. TBSA Medical Sociology 35th Annual Conference. 26-28 September 2003. University of York.
  • GREENER, J., DOUGLAS, F., WYNESS, L. and VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., 2001. Exploring young people’s views about a mobile information bus in rural Scotland. BSA Medical Sociology Group Conference. 21-23 September 2001. York.
  • DOUGLAS, F., JONES R.B. and NAVEN L.M., 1995. School children’s use of, and ideas for, a computer – based health information system. Conference proceedings: Current Perspectives in Health Care Computing. 20-22 March 1995. Harrogate, Surrey.

Seminars

  • Sustain, Oxfam and University College London meeting on food insecurity measurement. Mapping the way forward. January 2016.
  • DOUGLAS, F., 2014. How easy is it to make healthy food choices in Scotland and what can we learn from elsewhere. Promoting behaviour change in food and drink consumption and production: Identifying future priorities: What does the evidence tell us? A workshop for Scottish Government. 30th October 2014. Edinburgh.
  • DOUGLAS, F., 2014. Health inequalities and food poverty workshop. Developing insight and understanding about the nature and prevalence of food poverty/insecurity in the Scottish context. Community Food and Health Scotland Annual Networking Conference. 29 October 2014. Glasgow.
  • DOUGLAS, F., 2014. Individual food choices in a complex society. Food Security workshop. Festival of Politics. 15th August 2014. Scottish Parliament, Holyrood, Edinburgh.
  • DOUGLAS, F., 2014. Is she overweight? I don’t know”: Qualitative research on the views of parents and health visitors on obesity in pre-school children in Scotland. Aberdeen Centre for Energy Regulation. Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health. 24th April 2014.
  • MOFFAT, M., DOUGLAS, F., CLARKSON, A., HODDINOT, P., PORTER, M. and SKEA, Z., 2011 Introduction to qualitative research methods. Two day workshop for Institute of Applied Health Sciences. November 2011 and May 2012. University of Aberdeen.
  • DOUGLAS, F., 2008. The Ottawa Charter Revisited - implications for NHS Grampian and partners': Part 2. Paper presented for professional study seminar for the Central Public Health Unit NHS Grampian. 19 June 2008.
  • DOUGLAS, F., 2008. 'The Ottawa Charter Revisited - implications for NHS Grampian and partners'. Paper presented for professional study seminar for the Central Public Health Unit NHS Grampian. 19 June 2008.
  • DOUGLAS, F., LUDBROOK, A. and VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., 2008. Real world health promotion evaluation challenges. Paper presented to the Scottish Evaluation Network Seminar. 29 May 2008. Stirling.
  • DOUGLAS, F., LUDBROOK, A. and VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., 2008. Obesity - causes and solutions: public, professional and policy makers’ views. Paper presented to the Scottish Public Health Network. Research, policy and practice seminar. 28 May and 6 June 2008. Edinburgh.
  • DOUGLAS, F., LUDBROOK, A. and VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., 2008. A complex intervention in public health. Complex interventions in healthcare. Seminar, Institute of Applied Health Sciences. March 2008. University of Aberdeen.
  • DOUGLAS, F., 2007 Evaluation: treats, trials and tribulations. SSC workshop for NHS Grampian Health Board. March 2007.

Conference Posters

  • GOMBERT, K., DOUGLAS, F., CARLISLE, S., MCARDLE, K. and MCNEILL, G., 2015. Foodways and Futures (2013-2016) – where does food figure in the lives of so called ‘vulnerable’ young people in the North East of Scotland? Aberdeen Foyer UKRC Conference. 19-20 November. Edinburgh.
  • MACDIARMID, J., DOUGLAS, F., CAMPBELL, J. and CROWLEY, É., 2014. Eating like there’s no tomorrow: People’s awareness and beliefs about the environmental consequence of our food choices. Building Healthy Global Food Systems: A New imperative for Public Health. 8-9 September 2014. Oxford.
  • ROBERTSON, C., AVENELL, A., STEWART, F., ARCHIBALD, D., DOUGLAS, F., HODDINOTT, P., VAN TEIJLINGEN, E. and BOYERS, D., 2014. A systematic review of long-term weight management randomised controlled trials for obese men: The ROMEO project. European Congress on Obesity. 16-17 September 2014. Birmingham.
  • ROBERTSON, C., AVENELL, A., STEWART, F., ARCHIBALD, D., DOUGLAS, F., HODDINOTT, P., VAN TEIJLINGEN, E. and BOYERS, D., 2014. A systematic review of weight loss interventions for obese men in the UK: The ROMEO Project. European Congress on Obesity. 16-17 September 2014. Birmingham.
  • BOYERS, D., AVENELL, A., STEWART, F., ROBERTSON, C., ARCHIBALD, D., DOUGLAS, F., HODDINOTT, P. and VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., 2014.  Evaluating the cost-effectiveness of new interventions for the management and treatment of male obesity – results from the ROMEO study. Men, Health and Well-Being: Critical Insights Conference. 7-8 July 2014. Leeds.
  • ROBERTSON, C., AVENELL, A., STEWART, F., ARCHIBALD, D., DOUGLAS, F., HODDINOTT, P., VAN TEIJLINGEN, E. and BOYERS, D., 2014. Should weight loss programmes be designed differently for men?  A systematic review of long-term weight loss randomised controlled trials (RCTs): The ROMEO Project. Men, Health and Well-Being: Critical Insights Conference. 7-8 July 2014. Leeds.
  • DOUGLAS, F., CLARK, J., CRAIG, L.C.A. and MCNEILL, G., 2014. Managing meals, managing bodies: mother's talk related to childhood obesity prevention in Scotland. Food & Society Conference. British Sociological Association. 30 June 2014. London.
  • ROBERTSON, C., AVENELL, A., STEWART, F., ARCHIBALD, D., DOUGLAS, F., HODDINOTT, P. and VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., 2013. Evidence for effective male weight loss programmes. A systematic review of long-term weight loss randomised trials for obese men: The ROMEO project. Obesity Facts 2013, 6(Suppl. 1), p. 196.
  • DOUGLAS, F., CLARK, J., CRAIG, L., GILMARTIN, A. COMMERFORD, C. and MCNEILL, G., 2013. A qualitative study exploring parents’ views and perceptions of overweight and obesity in pre-school children in Scotland. 20th International Congress on Nutrition. 15-20 September 2013. Granada: Spain.
  • ROBERTSON, C., ARCHIBALD, D., AVENELL, A., DOUGLAS, F., HODDINOTT, P., VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., BOYERS, D., STEWART, F., BOACHIE, C., FIORATOU, E. and the ROMEO Project Group, 2013. Using a combined realist and socio-ecological approach to integrating quantitative and qualitative systematic review evidence in a health technology assessment setting. The 21st Cochrane Colloquium: Better knowledge for better health. 19-23 September 2013. http://colloquium.cochrane.org/abstracts/using-combined-realist-and-socio-ecological-approach-integrating-quantitative-and-qualitat
  • ARCHIBALD, D., DOUGLAS, F., HODDINOTT, P., VAN TEIJLINGEND, E., ROBERTSON, C., STEWART, F. and AVENELLA, A., 2013. A qualitative evidence synthesis on the management of male obesity: the ROMEO Project. 20th European Congress on Obesity. 12-15 May 2013. Liverpool.
  • FIORATOU, E., ROBERTSON, C., STEWART, F., FRASER, C., AVENELL, A., DOUGLAS, F., HODDINOTT, P. and VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., 2011. Synthesizing the quantitative and qualitative evidence for obesity management for men: Methodological considerations. UK Society for Behavioural Medicine Conference. 13-14 December 2011. Stirling.
  • VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., AVENELL, A., DOUGLAS, F. and HODDINOTT, P., 2011. 'Synthesising & Integrating Qualitative Research Evidence' plenary session at Methods @ Plymouth 2011, Methods and methodology: Innovations, influence, impact & ethics. May 2011. The University of Plymouth.
  • POOBALAN, A., AUCOTT, L., MCHARDY, S., VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., ARAUJO-SOARES, V., DOUGLAS, F. and SMITH, W.C.S., 2009. Lifestyle in young adults (18-25 year olds): A questionnaire survey from North East of Scotland. 17th European Congress on Obesity. 6-9 May 2009. Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • DOUGLAS, F., FEARN, P., VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., BRINDLE, S. and MACKINNON, D., 2004. Computer based media (Healthbits) and Scottish tertiary students: A feasibility study. 18th International Health Promotion and Health Education Conference. 21-26 April 2004. Melbourne.
  • DOUGLAS, F., GREENER, J., WYNESS, L. and VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., 2002. Health on the move. Young people’s perceptions and experiences of use of the Mobile Information Bus in rural north east Grampian. Qualitative Research Conference. 10-12 September 2002. Bournemouth.
  • LEWIS, J., DOUGLAS, F., POLLARD, C. and MILLER, M., 1998. Can we put health on the menu? 30th Annual Public Health Association Conference. 13-16 September. Hobart.

Unpublished Reports

  • DOUGLAS, F., CLARK, J., GILMARTIN, A., MCNEILL, G., CRAIG, L. and DICK, S., 2013. Main final report of a research study commissioned to inform a preschool child weight management programme within Grampian: Parents’ and health visitors’ views and perspectives. For NHS Grampian.
  • CRAIG, L., DOUGLAS, F., CLARK, J. and GRIFFIN, T., 2011. Qualitative evaluation of HEAT 3 Child Healthy Weight Programmes in Grampian. For NHS Grampian.
  • PORTER, C. and DOUGLAS, F., 2012. Smoking during pregnancy: A qualitative study exploring the views and experiences of women attending the Fraserburgh Birthing Unit for antenatal care during June – August 2012. For NHS Grampian.
  • CRAIG, L., DOUGLAS, F., CLARK, J. and GRIFFIN, T., 2011. Qualitative evaluation of the HEAT 3 Child Healthy Weight Programmes in Grampian.  For NHS Grampian.
  • DOUGLAS, F., GRAY, D. and VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., 2010. Final Evaluation Report: Smoking Cessation Interventions for Pregnant Women and Young People. For NHS Grampian Central Public Health Unit.
  • LEWIS, G. and DOUGLAS, F., 2006. Developing health improvement evaluation capability in the public health system. For NHS Grampian
  • DOUGLAS, F., 2007. Evaluation challenges: health promotion and public health practitioner perspectives. Prepared for NHS Grampian
  • DOUGLAS, F., 2006. Senior public health and health promotion managers: evaluation needs assessment. Prepared for NHS Grampian.
  • DOUGLAS, F., 2005. Health promotion: Developing effective practice short course: Participant Survey Report. Prepared for NHS Grampian.
  • DORRIAN, C., OLLASON, J., COID, D. and DOUGLAS, F., 2001. Evaluation of the Healthy “Hoose”. Grampian Health Board
  • DOUGLAS, F., DUTHIE, L. and WYNESS, L., 2000. Mobile Information Bus Evaluation. Health Promotions: Grampian Health Board.

Research Grants

Principle Investigator: Study Title: Long Term Condition Management and Food Insecurity: A Formative Study Exploring the Lived Experiences of People Affected by Both: Funded by Robert Gordon University 2018/2019 Pump Prime Research Funding Programme.

Co-Investigator: Chris Yuill (School of Applied Social Studies) Award: £11,700. Commenced Nov 2018 – present.

Co-Investigator: Deep scan case study on empowerment approaches to food poverty in NE Scotland. Funded by the Training and Resources Centre Charities Aid Foundation of America/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 
Co-Investigators: Pamela Abbott, Lucia D’Ambruoso (Global Centre for Development, UoA). Award £16,000. Commenced November 2016. 

Principal Investigator: The nature and extent of food poverty/insecurity in Scotland for NHS Health Scotland.
Co-Investigators: Stephen Whybrow, (Health Economics Research Unit, UoA), Lynda Williams (Health Economics Research Unit, UoA) Ada Garcia (Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Glasgow). Award: £25,000. Commenced October 2014 – Completed May 2015.

Co-Investigator: European Union JPI HDHL knowledge hub on the determinants of diet and physical activity (DEDIPAC KH).
Co-Investigators: Allan, J. (Institute of Applied Health Sciences, UoA), De Roos, B. and McNeill, G. (Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, UoA), Ludbrook, A. (Health Economics Research Unit, UoA). Award: £26,290. Commenced December 2013 – Completed December 2016.

Principal Investigator: Research to inform the development of a child healthy weight intervention for pre-school children for NHS Grampian.
Co-Investigator: Leone Craig (Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, UoA). Award: £29,500. Commenced May 2012 – Completed.

Co-Investigator: Eat, play grow well evaluation for NHS Grampian.
Principal Investigator: Dr Leone Craig (Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, UoA). Award £29,500. Commenced October 2010 – Completed June 2011.

Co-Investigator: Integrated systematic review of quantitative and qualitative evidence associated with weight management interventions targeting men.  Funded by the National Institute for Health Research.  
Principal Investigator: Dr Alison Avenell (Health Services Research Unit, UoA). Award £100,000. Commenced October 2011 – Completed May 2013.

Co-Investigator: External evaluation of Keep Well (Wave 2) for NHS Grampian.
Principal Investigator: Professor Anne Ludbrook (Health Economics Research Unit, UoA). Award £41,000. Commenced April 2008 – Completed May 2011.

Co-investigator: Youth Health and Lifestyle Survey for NHS Grampian.
Principal Investigator: Professor Cairns Smith (School of Public Health, UoA). Award £50,000. Commenced May 2007 – Completed 2008.

Principal Investigator: External evaluation for NHS Grampian.
Exploratory evaluation of smoking cessation initiatives designed to target pregnant women and young people in Grampian. 
Co-investigator: Dr. Edwin van Teijlingen (School of Public Health, UoA). Award £105,000. Commenced April 2007 – Completed April 2010.

Co-investigator: An Economic Evaluation of Obesity in the UK. Funded by the National Prevention Research Initiative Scientific Committee.
Principal Investigator: Mr. Luke Vale (Health Economics Research Unit, UoA). Award £400,000. Commenced July 2006 – Completed April 2010.

Principal Investigator: Independent evaluation Well Men’s Services Pilots Programme for the Scottish Government.
Co-Investigators: Ms Anne Ludbrook (Health Economics Research Unit), Dr Edwin van Teijlingen (School of Public Health, UoA). Award £210,000. Awarded September 2004 – Completed in June 2007.

Principal Investigator: Research study for NHS Health Scotland. 
“An investigation of primary health care staff’s knowledge and beliefs related to the health benefits of physical activity, and their attitudes and self-reported practice associated with promoting it in the Scottish context.” 
Co-Investigators: Dr E. van Teijlingen (School of Public Health, UoA), Dr. N. Torrance (Department of General Practice, UoA). Award £25,000. Awarded October 2003 – Completed May 2004.

Principal Investigator: Research study for the Health Education Board for Scotland. 
”An evaluation of a computer screen based health promotion intervention aimed at students in higher education in Scotland.”
Co-Investigators: E. van Teijlingen; S. Brindle. Award total £17,000. Awarded December 2002 – Completed December 2003.

Invited Speaking Engagements

  • NHS Grampian: Health Visitors Protected Learning Time Seminar, Living with food insecurity: What does it mean for maternal and child health? 30th January, 2019. Summerfield House, Aberdeen.
  • Evidence contribution to Children’s Future Food Inquiry Scotland, January 24th2019, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh.
  • Food Foundation and Sustain ESRC funded seminar: Making the Case for Household Food Insecurity measurement in the UK. Palace of Westminster London. November 2016.
  • NHS Health Scotland: Community Food and Health Scotland Annual Networking Event Household Food Insecurity Measurement workshop. Dynamic Earth. 26 October 2016.
  • School Nutrition and Health Sciences Queen Margaret University Staff seminar on Food Poverty in Scotland. April 2016.
  • NHS Health Scotland /RINH workshop on food insecurity measurement “Monitoring, measurement and taking action” January 2016.
  • Sustain, Oxfam and University College London meeting on food insecurity measurement. Mapping the way forward. January 2016.
  • Aberdeen City Council’s Welfare Review Board in December 2015 and January 2016.
  • Scottish Parliament’s Festival of Politics August 2015.
  • Glasgow City Council Food Poverty Policy Partnership meeting in October 2015.
  • NHS Health Scotland: Community Food and Health Scotland Annual Networking Event Food Insecurity Study results and the Right to Food workshop. Perth Concert Hall 15 October 2016.
  • Poverty Alliance knowledge exchange events regarding the Making the Connections report in August (Aberdeen), September (Inverness) and December (Glasgow) 2015.
  • Scottish Parliament’s Festival of Politics August 2015.