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Dr Pamela Graham

Senior Lecturer

Department: Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

Pam is a Senior Lecturer in Community Wellbeing with particular interests in child and adolescent development; poverty; food insecurity; and inclusion. She has expertise in quantitative questionnaire and observational methods and qualitative focus groups and interviews, and has experience of utilising these methods across various school and community settings.    

Across the Department of Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing, Pam supervises undergraduate and postgraduate research students in Health & Social Care; Childhood & Early Years Studies; Social Work; and Public Health. She also leads Core Project (level 6) and Learning at University (level 4) modules across Health & Social Care and Guidance and Counselling and teaches quantitative research methods across various modules in Health and Social Care and Social Work.

Pam is a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is also a member of the Department Self-Assessment Team for Athena SWAN and a member of the Faculty Access and Participation Special Interest Group.  

Prior to her PhD, Pam spent time working within primary and secondary education taking on Learning Support and Social Inclusion roles. She also spent time volunteering as a mentor for Barnardo's.

Pamela Graham

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Food insecurity

Food habits

Poverty

Child and adolescent development

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Hunger in the primary school setting: Evidence, impacts and solutions according to school staff in the North East of England, UK, Gooseman, A., Defeyter, M., Graham, P. 17 Feb 2020, In: Education 3-13
  • A Pedometer-Based Physically Active Learning Intervention: The Importance of Using Preintervention Physical Activity Categories to Assess Effectiveness, Morris, J., Daly-Smith, A., Defeyter, M., McKenna, J., Zwolinsky, S., Lloyd, S., Fothergill, M., Graham, P. 1 Aug 2019, In: Pediatric Exercise Science
  • Everyday experiences of migrant families with No Recourse to Public Funds, Odumade, V., Graham, P. Aug 2019
  • Holiday Hunger: Feeding Children During the School Holidays, Graham, P., Stretesky, P., Long, M., Mann, E., Defeyter, M. 9 Oct 2018, Feeding Children Inside and Outside the Home, Taylor & Francis
  • The Impact of Holiday Clubs on Household Food Insecurity—A Pilot Study, Stretesky, P., Long, M., Graham, P., Palmer, K., Steinbock, E., Defeyter, M. Mar 2018, In: Health and Social Care in the Community
  • For some kids school holidays mean hunger and isolation, Graham, P., Defeyter, G. 24 Jul 2017
  • School holiday food provision in the UK: a qualitative investigation of needs, benefits, and potential for development, Graham, P., Crilley, E., Stretesky, P., Long, M., Palmer, K., Steinbock, E., Defeyter, M. 22 Aug 2016, In: Frontiers in Public Health
  • A qualitative evaluation of Holiday Breakfast Clubs in the UK: Views of adult attendees, children, and staff, Defeyter, M., Graham, P., Prince, K. 13 Aug 2015, In: Frontiers in Public Health
  • Breakfast clubs: Starting the day in a positive way, Graham, P., Russo, R., Defeyter, M. 8 Jul 2015, In: Frontiers in Public Health
  • Does the food children eat for breakfast fuel exam grades?, Graham, P. 9 Apr 2015

Current and Recent Projects

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Summer Holiday Project, Defeyter, G. (Principal Investigator), Graham, P. (Co Investigator), Big Lottery Fund, 01/05/17 - 31/03/18, £70,000.00
  • Training for school cooks, Defeyter, G. (Principal Investigator), Graham, P. (Co Investigator), Hartlepool Borough Council, 01/11/15 - 30/04/16, £3,500.00
  • Breakfast Club Training Sept 2015 academic year, Defeyter, G. (Principal Investigator), Graham, P. (Co Investigator), Kelloggs, 01/09/15 - 31/07/16, £33,495.00
  • HEIF - Examining the impact of summer breakfast clubs on health, social and educational outcomes for children in the UK, Defeyter, G. (Principal Investigator), Graham, P. (Co Investigator), Kelloggs, 15/06/14 - 14/06/15, £17,704.00
  • Examining the impact of school breakfast provision on Health, Well being and educational engagement in a sample of schools in Blackpool, Defeyter, G. (Principal Investigator), Graham, P. (Co Investigator), Blackpool Council, 01/04/13 - 31/05/13, £18,068.00

Professional Activity

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Oral presentation: Food insecurity and poor food habits amongst college students in the North East of England 2020
  • Publication Peer-review: Journal of Public Health (Journal) 2020
  • Publication Peer-review: Appetite (Journal) 2019
  • Oral presentation: "Because we are coming here, it's making my life easier" Children's views on what difference holiday clubs make to them 2018
  • Invited talk: School's Out, What Now? The importance of holiday clubs for children and families in the UK 2018
  • Invited talk: School Food Standards: Not Just for Lunch 2017
  • Oral presentation: A NEET Solution? Addressing issues of Social Justice through an education project for marginalised youth delivered through Premiership Rugby Clubs 2017
  • Oral presentation: A NEET Solution? The impact of an education project for marginalised youth delivered through Premiership Rugby Clubs 2017
  • Invited talk: Parliamentary Inquiry into Holiday Hunger 2017
  • Invited talk: Breakfast and holiday clubs: Uses, benefits and future directions 2016

PGR Supervision

Connie Dalton Holes in the school food safety net: Investigation of policies that exclude children and young people from access to free school meals. Start Date: 01/10/2021

Qualifications

  • Psychology PhD April 23 2015
  • Psychology BSc (Hons) September 01 2005


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