Professor Lindsey Dugdill

Professor of Public Health

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Lindsey is Professor in Public Health, and formerly Associate Dean (Research) at University of Salford. Her PhD focused on the development and evaluation of workplace health interventions and she published work on health evaluation in the workplace for the World Health Organisation (1999; 2001). Lindsey was also research advisor to the “Health at Work in the NHS programme” with the Health Development Agency (1994-2000). She has contributed to national expert groups such as Department of Health Obesity Task Force (2005) and CMO task group on Physical Activity (2012). She led a review of the evidence regarding workplace physical activity interventions for the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE, 2007) and was a member of the NICE Programme Development Group for Children’s Physical Activity guidelines (2009). She has also worked as a panel member with the National Obesity Observatory (2008-2012) in support of the production of Standard Evaluation Frameworks for evaluating obesity, physical activity and nutrition interventions.

She has managed research grants over £2.5 million in total and currently is a co-editor for the International Journal of Workplace Health Management. She has undertaken several commissioned evaluations of exercise referral programmes in the North West of England working with both patients and health professionals (2005-2007). She was also commissioned by Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust to audit their physical activity services (2009-2010). She recently completed a large, 4 year study evaluating the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of Free Swimming in Wigan Borough, in collaboration with the University of Leeds. Her particular methodological expertise is in the evaluation of interventions using mixed methodology and published a book in 2009 entitled; Dugdill L, Crone D and Graham R (eds) (2009) 'Physical Activity and Health Promotion: Evidence-based Approaches to Practice.' Wiley-Blackwells.


MSc Public Health

MSc Vocational Rehabilitation

Research Interests

  • Evaluation of public health interventions including physical activity interventions, obesity related interventions.
  • Workplace health development.
  • Child and family health.

Qualifications and Memberships

1986:     B.A. (Hons) Zoology, University of Oxford.

1990:     M.A., University of Oxford.

1991:     M.Phil. Exercise Physiology, University of Nottingham.

2001:     Ph.D. Health Promotion, Liverpool John Moores University.


Brown T, Coffey M, Dickens V, Dugdill L, Parker C and Whiteside R (2011) 'Working Well: impact of a service for NHS staff with MSDs and related psychosocial problems.' University of Salford and Salford Community Health, commissioned report for the Health Foundation.

Watson PM, Dugdill L, Pickering K, Bostock S, Hepples J, Staniford L and Cable NT, (2011) “A whole family approach to childhood obesity management (GOALS): relationship between adult and child BMI change”, Annals of Human Biology, Special Issue: 38 (4): 445-452. DOI: 10.3109/03014460.2011.590531

Dugdill L and Pine CM (2011) 'Evaluation of international case studies within "Live, Learn, Laugh": a unique global public-private partnership to promote oral health.' International Dental Journal , 61: special supplement 2; 22-29, DOI: 10.1111/j.1875-595X.2011.00035.x

Pine CM and Dugdill L (2011) 'Analysis of a unique global public-private partnership to promote oral health', International Dental Journal , 61: special supplement 2; 11-21, DOI: 10.1111/j.1875-595X.2011.00036.x

Cooper AM, O'Malley LA, Elison SN, Armstrong R, Featherstone VA, Burnside G, Adair P, Dugdill L, Pine C. (2011) 'Primary school-based behavioural interventions for preventing caries' (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 10. Art. No.: CD009378. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009378.

Watson PM, Dugdill L, Murphy R, Knowles Z and Cable NT (2012) 'Moving forward in childhood obesity treatment: a call for translational research.' Health Education Journal, DOI: 10.1177/0017896912438313

Finch E, Wilson P and Dugdill L (2012) Chapter 17 'Stimulating physically active behaviour through good building design', in Mallory-Hill S, Preiser WFE and Watson C (eds) Enhancing Building Performance, Wiley-Blackwells. (ISBN 9780470657591)

Coffey M, Garrow A, Nuttall C, and Dugdill L (2012) 'Improving Workplace Health in the Public and Private Sector in Greater Manchester', University of Salford, commissioned report for the Higher Education Innovation Forum.

Delgardo C and Dugdill L (2012) 'A report on Physical Activity Behaviour Change of Adult Participants attending Physical Activity Programmes/Interventions in Wigan Borough (2007-2009) using the Short-form International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ)', University of Salford, commissioned report for Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust

Allen R, Clarke-Cornwell A, Dugdill L, Flannery O, Hulme C, Kelly C, and Wilson P (2012) 'Effectiveness and Cost-effectiveness of the Free Swimming Initiative in Wigan Borough 2008-2011', University of Salford and University of Leeds, commissioned report for Wigan PCT.

Dunbar S, Dugdill L and Hollingworth L (in press) Chapter 5, Reflection, in Porter S (ed) Tidy’s Physiotherapy, Saunders Elsevier; London. (ISBN 9780702043444)