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Sarah Payne Riches


DPhil Student

  • SUPERVISORS: Prof. Susan Jebb, Prof Paul Aveyard, Louise Locock, Prof Mike Rayner

I’m a Public Health Specialty Registrar in Oxford currently undertaking my doctoral research as part of a Health Education England Academic Fellowship. My research aims to develop and test a novel approach to help individuals with high blood pressure to reduce their salt intake by helping them choose lower salt products when supermarket shopping.

My previous research has involved mainly observational studies using large, survey-based data sets, investigating a range of topics from breastfeeding rates in the UK to childhood immunisation in developing countries. As a Public Health Registrar I have worked across a variety of areas in public health including homeless healthcare, maternity care and HIV however my main interest lies in prevention of non-communicable diseases. Most recently I worked with the Public Health England Behavioural Insights Team on developing behaviour change projects to tackle obesity and antimicrobial resistance.

I completed a Masters in Public Health at Imperial College London in 2011. Earlier in my career I worked as a Physiotherapist, both in New Zealand and the UK. 

I'm a member of the UK Faculty of Public Health.