Dr James White

Dr James White

Senior Lecturer in Public Health

School of Medicine

Email:
whitej11@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2068 7054
Location:
Neuadd Meirionnydd
Available for postgraduate supervision

Overview

I am the Deputy Director of Population Health Trials in the Centre for Trials Research, a Senior Lecturer based at DECIPHer (Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Public Health Interventions) a UK CRC Public Health Research Centre of Excellence in Cardiff University, and a Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Bristol. The focus of my research is to understand how social, psychological, biological, behavioural and genetic factors from across the life course, influence behaviours which effect health and chronic diseases of major public health importance: cardiovascular disease and mental illness. The ultimate aim of this body of research is disease prevention.

In the last five years I have secured £13.4M in competitive grant funding.

Current projects

Selected past projects

Education and qualifications

  • Higher Education Academy Fellow, Postgraduate Certificate of Teaching and Learning, Cardiff University
  • Leadership and Management Development Programme for Research Team Leaders, Cardiff University.
  • PhD in “Development of Negative Body Image and Disordered Eating during Adolescence”
  • MSc in Social Science Research Methods
  • BSc in Psychology (Hons)

Honours and awards

  • The Seymour Fisher Outstanding Body Image Dissertation Award

External Activities

  • Reviewer for Academy of Medical Sciences
  • Reviewer for NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme
  • Reviewer for NIHR Public Health Research Programme
  • Reviewer for the MRC Joint Global Health Trials scheme
  • Reviewer for the MRC Population Health Scientist Fellowship scheme
  • Reviewer for the MRC Skills Development Fellowship scheme
  • Reviewer for the ESRC standard grants scheme
  • Reviewer for Cancer Research UK

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Speaking engagements

  • White, J. [key note]. Coproducing and prototyping interventions. European Society for Prevention Research. 25th October 2018. Lisbon, Portugal.
  • White, J. [invited talk]. Use of propensity score to improve causal inference. MQ Data Science Meeting. 20th September 2018. London, United Kingdom.
  • White, J., Hawkins, J., Madden, K., Grant, A., Er, V., Angel, L., Pickles, T., Kelson, M., Fletcher, A., Murphy, S. et al. (2017). Adapting the ASSIST model of informal peer-led intervention delivery to the Talk to FRANK drug prevention programme in UK secondary schools (ASSIST+ FRANK): intervention development, refinement and a pilot cluster randomised controlled trial. UK Public Health Science. 24th November 2017. London, United Kingdom.
  • White, J., Greene, G., Rodgers, S.E., Dunstan, F., Lyons, R., Humphreys, I., Farewell, D., John, A., Webster, C., Phillips, C.  & Fone, D. [invited talk]. Improving mental health through the regeneration of deprived neighbourhoods. Oxford University. Department of Social Policy and Intervention. 24th November 2017. Oxford, United Kingdom.
  • White, J., Hawkins, J., Madden, K., Grant, A., Er, V., Angel, L., Pickles, T., Kelson, M., Fletcher, A., Murphy, S. et al. (2017). Adapting the ASSIST model of informal peer-led intervention delivery to the Talk to FRANK drug prevention programme in UK secondary schools (ASSIST+ FRANK): intervention development, refinement and a pilot cluster randomised controlled trial. Addictions 2017. 24th October 2017. Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Kipping, R., Langford, R., White, J., Metcalfe, C., Papadaki, A., Hollingworth, W., Moore, L., Campbell, R., Ward, D., Jago, R., Brockman, R., Wells, S., Nicholson, A., Collingwood, J. Feasibility cluster randomised controlled trial and process evaluation of an environmental intervention in nurseries and a web-based home intervention to increase physical activity, oral health and healthy eating in children aged 2–4 years: NAPSACC UK. Society for Social Medicine. September 6-8, 2017. Manchester, United Kingdom.
  • Young H, Turney C, White J, Bonell C, Lewis R, Fletcher A. Dating and Relationship Violence and Non-Volitional Sex Among 16–19 Year-Olds in England and Wales: A Cross-Sectional Study of Types of Victimisation. 23rd Congress of the World Association for sexual health. May 28 – 31, 2017. Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Quinn-Scoggins, H.D., White, J. and Kemp, A.  Learn About Burns: A school based burns prevention and first-aid program. Qualitative results for a feasibility study. The 50th Annual Scientific Meeting of the British Burns Association. 3rd - 5th May, 2017. London, United Kingdom.       
  • Quinn-Scoggins, H.D., White, J. and Kemp, A. A feasibility study of a school based burns prevention program: Learn About Burns. The 8th World Congress on Paediatric Burns. 21st - 23rd June, 2017. Birmingham, United Kingdom.       
  • White, J., Greene, G., Rodgers, S.E., Dunstan, F., Lyons, R., Humphreys, I., Farewell, D., John, A., Webster, C., Phillips, C.  & Fone, D. [invited talk]. Improving mental health through the regeneration of deprived neighborhoods. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 23rd March 2016. London, United Kingdom.
  • MacArthur, GJ, Caldwell, DM, Redmore, J, Watkins, S, Er, V, Langford, R, White, J, Chittleborough, C, Pasch, K, Lingam, R, Kipping, RR, Gunnell, DJ, Hickman, M Campbell, RM. 2017 Individual-, family- and school-level interventions to prevent multiple risk behaviours in young people aged 8-25 years: a Cochrane systematic review and meta-analysis. Society of Social Medicine conference, Manchester, United Kingdom. September 2016.
  • Brockman, R.et al. 2016. Parents' and staff's views of adapting the Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Childcare in UK nurseries to improve physical activity and healthy eating. The Lancet 388, article number: S27. (10.1016/S0140-6736(16)32263-2). Lancet Public Health Science Conference. 25th November 2016. Cardiff, United Kingdom.
  • White, J., Greene, G., Rodgers, S.E., Dunstan, F., Lyons, R., Humphreys, I., Farewell, D., John, A., Webster, C., Phillips, C.  & Fone, D. Improving mental health through the regeneration of deprived neighborhoods: A prospective controlled quasi-experimental study. Lancet Public Health Science Conference. 25th November 2016. Cardiff, United Kingdom.
  • Rodgers, S.E., Fry, R., Morgan, J., Orford, S., Dunstan, F., Lyons, R., White, J.,  & Fone, D. Alcohol outlet density and hospital admissions for alcohol-related injury: an electronic record-linked cohort study. 12th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion. 18–21 September, 2016. Tampere, Finland.
  • White, J., Rehkopf, D., Mortensen, L. Trends in socioeconomic inequalities in Body Mass Index, Underweight and Obesity Among English Children, 2007-2008 to 2011-2012. UK CRC Public Health Conference, Edinburgh, 19 – 20 November 2015.
  • Hawkins, J., Madden, K., White, J., et al. Collaboration and co-production: A framework for the developing, piloting and refining of public health interventions from the ASSIST+Frank study. Public Health Wales, Cardiff, 2 - 3rd,November 2015.
  • Evans, R., White, J. et al. 2015. Systematic review of self-harm and suicide in children and young people in the care of the state. Presented at: 28th World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 16-20 June 2015.
  • Fone, D. L., Dunstan, F., White, J., Webster, C., Rodgers, S., Lee, S., Shiode, N. Orford, S., Weightman, A., Brennan, I., Sivarajasingam, V., Morgan, J, Fry., R & Lyons, R. Change in alcohol outlet density and the risk of violent crime. (2015). 41st Annual Alcohol Epidemiology Symposium of the Kettil Bruun Society. June 1-5, Munich.
  • Batty, D., Zaninotto, P., White, J. (2013). Association between the Duration of Depressive Symptoms over 7 years and Subsequent Mortality Risk: The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Lifelong health and Well-being. 8th November 2013. University College London.
  • White, J., Fone, D.L., Dunstan, F., Lyons, R., Rodgers, S., Palmer, S., Elliot. Webster., C. (2013). Did the Communities First regeneration programme improve mental health and enhance social cohesion? Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research conference. 25th June 2013. Trefforest, UK.
  • White, J., Fone, D.L., Dunstan, F., (2013). The Caerphilly Health and Social Needs Study. Exploiting the Potential of Longitudinal Research Resources for Wales. 7th May 2013. Cardiff, UK.
  • Morgan, J.,  Fry,R., Rodgers, S.E., Orford, S., Dunstan,F., Lyons,R., White,J.,  Webster,C., Lee,S., Shiode,N., Weightman, A., Brennan,I., Sivarajasingam,V., & Fone, D. (2012). Change in alcohol outlet density and alcohol-related harm to population health (CHALICE). Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research conference. 25th June 2013. Trefforest, UK.
  • Fry,R.,  Morgan, J., Rodgers, S.E., Orford, S., Dunstan,F., Lyons,R., White,J.,  Webster,C., Lee,S., Shiode,N., Weightman, A., Brennan,I., Sivarajasingam,V., & Fone, D. (2012). Change in alcohol outlet density and alcohol-related harm to population health (CHALICE). 4th Scottish Health Informatics Programme conference: "Exploiting Existing Data for Health Research". 30th August 2013. St Andrews, UK.
  • Fry,R.,  Morgan, J., Rodgers, S.E., Orford, S., Dunstan,F., Lyons,R., White,J.,  Webster,C., Lee,S., Shiode,N., Weightman, A., Brennan,I., Sivarajasingam,V., & Fone, D. (2012). Change in alcohol outlet density and alcohol-related harm to population health. Welsh Public Health Conference. 18th July 2012. Cardiff, UK.
  • White, J., Fone, D.L., Dunstan, F., Lyons, R., Rodgers, S., Palmer, S., Elliot., Webster., C. (2012). Did the Communities First regeneration programme improve mental health and enhance social cohesion? DECIPHer UKCRC Public Health Research Centres of Excellence Conference. 16th November 2012. Swansea, UK.
  • Fry,R.,  Morgan, J., Rodgers, S.E., Orford, S., Dunstan,F., Lyons,R., White,J.,  Webster,C., Lee,S., Shiode,N., Weightman, A., Brennan,I., Sivarajasingam,V., & Fone, D. (2012). Change in alcohol outlet density and alcohol-related harm to population health: utilising administrative data. UKCRC Public Health Research Centres of Excellence - 3rd Annual Conference and Summer School. 5th – 6th July 2012. Durham, UK.
  • Shelton, K., & White, J. (2012). A longitudinal study of the relationship between family functioning and adolescent symptoms of poor mental health.  BPS Developmental Psychology Section Conference. 5th September 2011. Strathclyde, UK.
  • Kummer, S., White, J., & Elwyn, G., (2010). To what extent do existing measures of decision making consider deliberation? A systematic search for and analysis of existing measures. International Conference on communication in healthcare. 5th September 2010, Verona, Italy.
  • White, J. & Halliwell., E. (2010). Impact of the media on the development of eating disorders. Welsh Assembly Government. July 15th 2010. Cardiff, UK.
  • White, J. & Halliwell., E. (2010). Onset of disordered eating associated with exposure to gossip magazines. Appearance Matters 4. June 23rd 2010. Bristol, UK.
  • White, J. (2010). Paternal communication reduces the risk of smoking onset during adolescence: A 3 year prospective study. British Psychological Society’s Annual Conference. April 15th 2010. Stratford-upon-Avon, UK.
  • Watts, T., Dunstan, F., Fone, D., & White., J. (2010). Council tax band in the assessment of response in the Caerphilly Health and social needs longitudinal study. Young Statisticians Meeting. 1st April, 2010, Liverpool, UK.
  • White, J. & Halliwell, E. (2007). An investigation into the relationship between excessive exercise, disordered eating and body image: Is frequency of exercise important? BPS, Health Psychology Annual Conference, Thursday 13th September 2007, Nottingham, UK
  • White, J. & Halliwell, E. (2005). Effects of TV and Magazine use on Adolescent Body Image. Faculty of Applied Sciences Research Conference, November 2005, Bristol, UK.
  • Lewis, M. B. & White, J. (2005). Why psycholinguistic variables are the wrong place to look for AOA effects. BPS Quinquennial Conference. March 31st 2005, Manchester, UK.

Committees and reviewing

  • Invited member of Public Health Wales Obesity, Diet and Nutrition Expert Advisory Group
  • Associate Editor, BMC Public Health
  • College of Experts Member, College of Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Postgraduate lead, Centre for Trials Research
  • Board memberships: Health and Care Research Wales. Health Research Grants Funding Board; Health and Care Research Wales. PhD Health Studentship Committee.

  • Journal reviewer for the: British Medical Journal; International Journal of Epidemiology; JAMA Pediatrics; British Journal of Psychiatry; Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health; Health & Place; Journal of Health Psychology; Australian Psychologist; Public Health Nutrition; BMC Public Health; Preventive Medicine; Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology; Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics.

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2012

2011

2010

Undergraduate

  • BSc Intercalated Clinical Epidemiology
  • Module leader for Research Methods 2 (Advanced research methods);
  • 5/6 Year MB BCh (Medical undergraduate) curriculum:
  • Health & Society Panel (Epidemiology & Public Health) year 2;
  • Health & Society Panel (Epidemiology & Public Health) year 3;
  • Academic mentor (Year 2 students)

Postgraduate

  • I am Post-Graduate Research Lead within the Centre for Trials Research.
  • Master’s in Public Health (MPH): Assessor on Epidemiology and Statistical Methodology modules;
  • Master’s in Public Health (MPH): Dissertation supervision

External courses

  • DECIPHer short course - Evaluating Complex Public Health Interventions.
  • Canadian Institute for Collaborative Learning Institute in Evaluation.
  • Welsh Government training for Assembly Ministers on natural experiments.

Current research interests

  • Epidemiology of risk behaviours
  • Aetiology, prevention of drug use in adolescence
  • Design and evaluation of school-based public health prevention interventions
  • The rigorous evaluation of complex interventions, in particular the use of natural experiments and cluster randomised trials;
  • Mental health as a risk factor for somatic disease
  • Neighbourhood effects on mental health
  • IQ and health
  • Development of cardiovascular risk factors in childhood adolescence
  • Socioeconomic differentials in health
  • Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

PhD students

I currently have four PhD students:

  • Luke Midgely, "Development of a new school-based intervention to prevent youth alcohol, tobacco and drug use" (ESRC)
  • Rhiannon Yapp, "Peer moderating and mediating effects upon parent-child relationships, school connectedness and adolescent substance use" (MRC)
  • Kaiseree Dias, "Increasing physical activity in pre-school aged children: systematic review, individual participant meta-analysis and intervention pilot." (GW4 Studentship)
  • Michael Day, "Preconception Health Improvement: Intervention development to target multiple modifiable risk factors for adverse perinatal outcomes" (GW4 Studentship

Past projects

PhDs awarded

Harriet Quinn Scoggins, "Development and feasibility testing of a school-based programme to prevent childhood burns" (Healing Foundation; awarded 2018)