Professor Amy Brown
Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences
Telephone: (01792) 518672
Room: Office - 136
First Floor
Haldane Building
Singleton Campus

Areas of Expertise

  • Infant nutrition
  • Breastfeeding
  • Weaning
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Postnatal depression
  • Parenting


  1. Brown, A. & Jones, W. (Eds.). A Guide to Supporting Breastfeeding for the Medical Profession.. Routledge.
  2. Brown, A. Why are breastfeeding rates in the UK so low?. A Guide to Supporting Breastfeeding for the Medical Profession (pp. 18-25). Routledge
  3. Brown, A. Birth experience and breastfeeding. A Guide to Supporting Breastfeeding for the Medical Profession (pp. 41-46). Routledge
  4. Brown, A. Why breastfeeding grief and trauma matter (1 ed.). Pinter and Martin.
  5. Jones, S., Lee, M., & Brown, A. Spoonfeeding is associated with increased infant weight but only amongst formula‐fed infants. Maternal & Child Nutrition, 16(3)

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  • EYXM07 Dissertation

    The aim of this module is for students to undertake an independent study on an approved topic related to childhood studies. This could involve empirical research or a literature review. Students will be given individual as well as group advice and support either in the selection of their chosen focus for literature review or with their research design, data collection and data analysis. All students will be given guidance in relation to the presentation and structure of their dissertation.

  • EYXM18 Childhood Nutrition and Growth

    This module explores current public health issues surrounding food, nutrition and the diet of infants and children aged 0 ¿ 11 years in light of biological, psychological and social perspectives. Central issues will target the importance of early diet and growth, the interaction between nutrition, wellbeing and behavior the growing problem of childhood obesity. The role of different individuals in influencing child diet, eating behavior and weight will be considered alongside the impact of different campaigns in public health, education and the media to promote a healthy child diet.

  • EYXM19 Influences Upon Child Health

    This module will examine the evidence base behind a range of child public health issues relating to children aged 0 ¿ 11 years. It will explore the epidemiology, risk factors and impact of key issues such as perinatal health, immunisation uptake and wellbeing. Topics will consider how child health can have wide reaching outcomes for emotional, social and educational development and how health is affected by a range of biological, psychological and social factors. The module will explore how environmental, familial and socio-demographic factors, together with government and legal policies, initiatives and legislation influence child health and well-being. Legal, ethical and moral issues will also be considered alongside the role of child health services in supporting child health and wellbeing.

  • SHHM15 Data Collection Methods

    This module aims to provide students with an overview of the range of data collection methods available to individuals undertaking research and to enable the student to consider the implications, application strengths and weaknesses of the various data collection methods. The module will also provide insight into the ways that such methods may be applied effectively and ethically in social research.

  • SHQM00J Psychology of Health Care Management

    This module explores the psychology of human behaviour within the workplace. It will use concepts from social, health and organizational psychology to examine principles such as group dynamics, motivation and individual differences in relation to management, structure and behaviour in health care organisations. Central issues will include intergroup behaviour and conflict, psychological well-being at work and enhancing performance. Current topics such as the use of technology, changing concepts of careers and the worth of psychometric testing will be debated. Specifically, students will reflect on the role of health care managers in promoting productive employee relations and well-being, managing difficult behaviour and personalities, increasing staff motivation and considering issues of equality and diversity.

  • SHQM43 Theory and Practice of Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care

    This module will enable students to develop a critical understanding of management and leadership in the context of health and social care. The module will have a dual focus on theoretical perspectives and applied health care management. Theoretical perspectives will be drawn from business, health and further afield, to examine their application within health and social care and the public sector. Contemporary health and social care examples will be used as points for discussion and learning.


  • Understanding mothers' coping mechanisms in the face of mental illness: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Louise Condon
    Other supervisor: Dr Julia Terry
  • Untitled (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Michelle Lee
  • Maternal experiences of childbirth and infant behaviour (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Claire Williams
  • The Construction of Student Mental Health as a Social Problem (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Ashley Frawley
  • Facebook, mothers and midwives: the role of social media in improving breastfeeding support services (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Tom Crick
  • What are the practical needs for families and training needs for professionals when a breastfed child is diagnosed with a serious, life-limiting, chronic or terminal health condition? (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Paul Bennett
    Other supervisor: Dr Janice Lewis
  • Exploring nutrient and energy intake in infants weaned using a baby-led or traditional feeding style (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Michelle Lee
  • Embracing the Past, Empowering the Future: Head Start's Role in the Preservation of Choctaw Culture for the Tribe's Youngest Members (awarded 2020)

    Other supervisor: Dr Peter King
    Other supervisor: Dr Justine Howard
  • 'How can we better support women in Oman who have been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes?' (awarded 2020)

    Other supervisor: Dr Alys Einion- Waller
  • The SHIFT study: exploring the role of a baby-led feeding approach on infant growth - implications for childhood obesity (awarded 2020)

    Other supervisor: Prof Michelle Lee
  • Why do women not attend antenatal care appointments in Saudi Arabia? The role of health clinics factors and staff communication. (awarded 2020)

    Other supervisor: Prof Jaynie Rance
  • 'Promoting Healthy Eating Habits in Preschool Children in Saudi Arabia: Barriers and Challenges' (awarded 2019)

    Other supervisor: Prof Michelle Lee
  • An exploration of professional and parental experience of cultural differences in childhood obesity in the UK (awarded 2019)

    Other supervisor: Dr David Rea
    Other supervisor: Dr David Rea