Dr Stephanie Chambers

  • Lecturer in Sociology of Health and Well-Being (Sociology)


Stephanie holds an MRC/University of Glasgow Research Fellowship. She is part of in the Institute of Health and Wellbeing’s Social Scientists in Health group, and the Complexity Programme at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit. Her research is focused on improving children’s health. Her areas of interest include:

  • the determinants of dietary intake and other health behaviours, such as the influence of the family, schools, advertising and marketing, and public policy;  
  • children’s health outcomes;
  • design and evaluation of interventions and policies.

Stephanie worked previously at the University of Dundee where she held a Chief Scientist Office Postdoctoral Fellowship on school food education. Before that time 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.

Recent projects include:

  • evaluation of the Scottish Schools Health and Wellbeing Improvement Research Network (SHINE)
  • evaluation of nursery-based diet and physical activity interventions
  • evaluation of Universal Free School Meals for P1-3 children (for NHS Health Scotland);
  • investigating the role of grandparents in children’s health;
  • examining dietary differences between Scotland and England (for NHS Health Scotland);
  • examining young people’s opinion on food marketing and regulation.

Stephanie welcomes potential PhD students interested in any of the areas outlined above.

Research interests

Research Interests: Evaluation of policy and interventions to improve diets, influences on diets, dietary inequalities, food marketing and regulation, childhood obesity, children’s diet and nutrition.

Expertise: mixed methods, qualitative methods, process evaluation, research with children, policy analysis, intervention design, reviews, survey design and analysis.


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Chambers, S. , Boydell, N. , Ford, A. and Eadie, D. (2020) Learning from the implementation of Universal Free School Meals in Scotland using normalisation process theory: lessons for policymakers to engage multiple stakeholders. Food Policy, 95, 101936. (doi: 10.1016/j.foodpol.2020.101936)

Tripathee, S., Sweeting, H. , Chambers, S. and MacLean, A. (2020) How men receive and utilise partner support when trying to change their diet and physical activity within a men’s weight management programme. BMC Public Health, 20, 199. (doi: 10.1186/s12889-020-8213-z) (PMID:32033544) (PMCID:PMC7006401)


Ireland, R., Chambers, S. and Bunn, C. (2019) Exploring the relationship between Big Food corporations and professional sports clubs: a scoping review. Public Health Nutrition, 22(10), pp. 1888-1897. (doi: 10.1017/S1368980019000545) (PMID:30935432) (PMCID:PMC6558258)

Ireland, R., Bunn, C. , Reith, G. , Philpott, M., Capewell, S., Boyland, E. and Chambers, S. (2019) Commercial determinants of health and sport sponsorship. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 97(4), pp. 290-295. (doi: 10.2471/BLT.18.220087) (PMID:30940986) (PMCID:PMC6438257)

Bunn, C. , Ireland, R., Minton, J. , Holman, D., Philpott, M. and Chambers, S. (2019) Shirt sponsorship by gambling companies in the English and Scottish Premier Leagues: global reach and public health concerns. Soccer and Society, 20(6), pp. 824-835. (doi: 10.1080/14660970.2018.1425682)


Macintyre, A., Marryat, L. and Chambers, S. (2018) Exposure to liquid sweetness in early childhood: Artificially-sweetened and sugar-sweetened beverage consumption at 4-5 years and risk of overweight and obesity at 7-8 years. Pediatric Obesity, 13(12), pp. 755-765. (doi: 10.1111/ijpo.12284) (PMID:29624909) (PMCID:PMC6492200)

Skafida, V. and Chambers, S. (2018) Positive association between sugar consumption and dental decay prevalence independent of oral hygiene in pre-school children: a longitudinal prospective study. Journal of Public Health, 40(3), e275-e283. (doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdx184) (PMID:29301042) (PMCID:PMC6166585)

Barton, K. L., Chambers, S. , Anderson, A. S. and Wrieden, W. L. (2018) Time to address the double inequality of differences in dietary intake between Scotland and England. British Journal of Nutrition, 120(2), pp. 220-226. (doi: 10.1017/S0007114518001435) (PMID:29947325) (PMCID:PMC6088540)


Ireland, R., Bunn, C. and Chambers, S. (2017) The relationship between big food corporations and professional sports clubs: a scoping review. Lancet, 390(Suppl3), S48. (doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(17)32983-5)

Chambers, S. A. , Rowa-Dewar, N., Radley, A. and Dobbie, F. (2017) A systematic review of grandparents’ influence on grandchildren’s cancer risk factors. PLoS ONE, 12(11), e0815420. (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0185420) (PMID:29135979) (PMCID:PMC5685489)

Phipps, R., White, L., Hilton, S. and Chambers, S. (2017) Young People's Views on Non-Broadcast Advertising of Foods High in Fat, Sugar and Salt. 10th European Public Health Conference Sustaining Resilient and Healthy Communities, Stockholm, Sweden, 1-4 Nov 2017. (doi:10.1093/eurpub/ckx187.404)

Chambers, S. , Barton, K. L., Albani, V., Anderson, A. S. and Wrieden, W. L. (2017) Identifying dietary differences between Scotland and England: a rapid review of the literature. Public Health Nutrition, 20(14), pp. 2459-2477. (doi: 10.1017/S1368980017001380) (PMID:28724456)

Chambers, S. , Dundas, R. and Torsney, B. (2017) School and local authority characteristics associated with take-up of free school meals in Scottish secondary schools, 2014. In: Milne, R. G. (ed.) Civic Engagement. Series: Contemporary issues in social science. Routledge. ISBN 9781138080171


Chambers, S. , Ford, A., Boydell, N. , Moore, L. , Stead, M. and Eadie, D. (2016) Universal free school meals in Scotland: a process evaluation of implementation and uptake. UNSPECIFIED p. 183. (doi:10.1093/eurpub/ckw169.025)

Chambers, S. , Dundas, R. and Torsney, B. (2016) School and local authority characteristics associated with take-up of free school meals in Scottish secondary schools, 2014. Contemporary Social Science, 11(1), pp. 52-63. (doi: 10.1080/21582041.2016.1223871) (PMID:28191363) (PMCID:PMC5259801)

Eadie, D., Ford, A., Stead, M., Chambers, S. , Boydell, N. , Moore, L. and Anderson, A. (2016) Process evaluation of the implementation of universal free school meals (UFSM) for P1 to P3: Research with schools and local authorities. Project Report. NHS Health Scotland, Edinburgh.


Chambers, S. , Freeman, R., Anderson, A. S. and MacGillivray, S. (2015) 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, 75, pp. 32-43. (doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2015.02.011) (PMID:25735606)

Wrieden, W., Chambers, S. , Barton, K., Albani, V. and Anderson, A. (2015) Diet and Excess Mortality in Glasgow and Scotland: Exploring Differences in Diet and Nutrition. Working Paper. NHS Health Scotland.


Nanjappa, S., Chambers, S. , Marcenes, W., Richards, D. and Freeman, R. (2014) 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, 29(5), pp. 740-754. (doi: 10.1093/her/cyu029)


Chambers, S. , Humphris, G. and Freeman, R. (2013) The Parental Dental Concerns Scale (PDCS): its development and initial psychometric properties. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, 41(6), pp. 541-550. (doi: 10.1111/cdoe.12046)

Hayden, C., Bowler, J. O., Chambers, S. , Freeman, R., Humphris, G., Richards, D. and Cecil, J. E. (2013) Obesity and dental caries in children: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, 41(4), pp. 289-308. (doi: 10.1111/cdoe.12014)


Turner, S., Chambers, S.A. and Freeman, R. (2012) 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, 13(1), pp. 3-10. (doi: 10.4483/JDOH_001Turner08)

Traill, W. B., Chambers, S. A. and Butler, L. (2012) Attitudinal and demographic determinants of diet quality and implications for policy targeting. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 25(1), pp. 87-94. (doi: 10.1111/j.1365-277X.2011.01218.x)

Chambers, S. (2012) Public health and dental caries in young children in deprived communities in Scotland. Scottish Universities Medical Journal, 1(3),


Chambers, S. A. and Traill, W. B. (2011) What the UK public believes causes obesity, and what they want to do about it: a cross-sectional study. Journal of Public Health Policy, 32(4), pp. 430-444. (doi: 10.1057/jphp.2011.45)


Baker, H. J., Butler, L. T., Chambers, S. A. , Traill, W. B., Lobb, A. E. and Herbert, G. (2010) An RCT study to evaluate a targeted, theory driven healthy eating leaflet. Social Science and Medicine, 71(11), pp. 1916-1920. (doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2010.09.023)


Chambers, S. , Lobb, A., Butler, L. T. and Traill, W. B. (2008) The influence of age and gender on food choice: a focus group exploration. International Journal of Consumer Studies, 32(4), pp. 356-365. (doi: 10.1111/j.1470-6431.2007.00642.x)

Traill, W.B., Arnoult, M.H.P., Chambers, S.A. , Deaville, E.R., Gordon, M.H., John, P., Jones, P.J., Kliem, K.E., Mortimer, S.R. and Tiffin, J.R. (2008) The potential for competitive and healthy food chains of benefit to the countryside. Trends in Food Science and Technology, 19(5), pp. 248-254. (doi: 10.1016/j.tifs.2008.01.004)


Chambers, S. , Lobb, A., Butler, L., Harvey, K. and Traill, W. B. (2007) Local, national and imported foods: a qualitative study. Appetite, 49(1), pp. 208-213. (doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2007.02.003)

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    Robin Ireland - Commercial determinants of health in the English Premier League (2017-2020)

    Kathryn Machray – Food insecurity and health inequalities (2017-2021)


    Lauren White - Understanding the policy and public debate surrounding the regulation of unhealthy online advertising to children (2015-2019)

    Sheela Tripathee - Together through thick and thin: Cohabiting partners’ reciprocal influence during men’s attempts to change their dietary practices and physical activity to lose weight and maintain weight loss (2014-2018)


  • Ireland, Robin
    Commercial determinants of health in sport
  • Machray, Kathryn


Stephanie teaches qualitative methods, including interview and observational methods, and on carrying out research with children and young people.