Catherine Nixon BSc. MSc. PhD

Dr Catherine Nixon

Research interests, projects & publications

Current research

Catherine is a Research Fellow for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) at Teesside University. She supports a number of ARC projects within the theme of Integrating physical health, mental health and social care; alongside this, Catherine is exploring the role of psychotherapy in the development of biopsychosocial interventions for the self-management of chronic pain and long-term health conditions.  She is particularly interested in the experiences of adults with conditions involving widespread pain and extreme tiredness, such as Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. 

Previous work

Health and Social Research:

  • Evaluating a computer aid for assessing stomach symptoms (Newcastle University)

  • Community Challenge Project (Teesside University, School of Health & Social Care)

  • Healthy Towns Project (Teesside University, School of Health & Social Care).

  • ToyBox: European research exploring behavioural models underpinning obesity prevention interventions in children (Durham University, School of Medicine, Pharmacy & Health).

  • Obesogenic Environments Project (Durham University, School of Medicine, Pharmacy & Health).

  • Nursing homes Project: Evaluating the provision of GP ‘community beds’ in nursing homes (Durham University, School of Medicine, Pharmacy & Health).

  • Alcohol intervention in pharmacies (Durham University, School of Medicine, Pharmacy & Health).

  • Quality improvement in colonoscopy study (Durham University, School of Medicine, Pharmacy & Health).

  • Domestic abuse within same-sex and trans adult intimate relationships (University of Sunderland).

  • Young persons’ weight management service evaluation (Durham University, School of Medicine, Pharmacy & Health).

  • Identifying disability service users’ barriers to access within their local community (Redcar and Cleveland Real Opportunities Centre).

  • Counselling and psychotherapy service evaluation (Teesside University, School of Social Sciences and Law).

Education Research:

  • Undergraduate students’ identities and transitions (Teesside University)

  • Postgraduate students’ motivations for continued higher education (Teesside University)

  • Identifying gender differences in mature students’ experiences of studying at home (Teesside University)

  • Exploring sexual identity negotiation within the school context (Sheffield Hallam University)

  • Identifying barriers to postgraduate taught study for UK-domiciled students (Teesside University)


Moore, H.J., Nixon, C.A., Tariq, A. et al. (2016) Evaluating a computer aid for assessing stomach symptoms (ECASS): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial, Trials, 17:184.

Brown S., Bevan R., Rubin G., Nixon C., Dunn S., Rees C. (2015) Patient derived measures of GI endoscopy: a narrative review of the literature.  Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

Rajasekhar P. T., Rees, C., Nixon C., East, J., Brown S. (2015) Factors influencing the uptake of evidence into clinical practice: a qualitative evaluation of the implementation of the Quality Improvement in Colonoscopy (QIC) study. International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance.

Moore, H.J., Nixon, C.A., Lake, A.A., Douthwaite, W., O'Malley, C.L., Pedley, C.L., Summerbell, C.D. & Routen, A.C. (2014). The environment can explain differences in adolescents’ daily physical activity levels living in a deprived urban area: Cross-sectional study using accelerometry, GPS and focus groups. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 11(8).

Nixon, C.A., Moore, H.J., Douthwaite, W., Gibson, E.L., Vogele, C., Kreichauf, S., Wildgruber, A., Manios, Y., Summerbell, C.D. & on behalf of the ToyBox-study group (2012). Identifying behavioural models underpinning school-based obesity prevention interventions: a systematic review. Obesity Reviews 13(S1): 106-117.

Gibson, E.L., Kreichauf, S., Wildgruber, A., Vögele, C., Summerbell, C.D., Nixon, C., Moore, H.J., Douthwaite, W., Manios, Y. & on behalf of the ToyBox Project (2012). A narrative review of psychological and educational strategies applied to young children's eating behaviours aimed at reducing obesity risk. Obesity Reviews 13(s1): 85-95.

Kreichauf, S., Wildgruber, A., Krombholz, H., Gibson, L., Vögele, C., Nixon, C., Douthwaite, W., Moore, H., Manios, Y., Summerbell, C. & on behalf of the ToyBox Project (2012). Critical narrative review to identify educational strategies promoting physical activity in preschool. Obesity Reviews 13(s1): 96-105.

Summerbell, C.D., Moore, H.J., Gibson, E.L., Vögele, C., Wildgruber, A., Krombholz, H., Kreichauf, S., Douthwaite, W., Nixon, C.A. & on behalf of the ToyBox Project (2012). Practical evidence-based recommendations relating to educational strategies, psychological approaches, and behavioural models, to consider when developing interventions for the prevention of obesity in young (aged 4-6) children. Obesity Reviews 13(s1): 129-132.

Nixon, C.A. (2011). Working-class lesbian parents' emotional engagement with their children's education: Intersections of class and sexuality. Sexualities, 14(1): 79-99.


Hillier, F.C., Batterham, A.M., Nixon, C.A., Crayton, A.M., Pedley, C.L. & Summerbell, C.D. (2011). A community-based health promotion intervention using brief negotiation techniques and a pledge on dietary intake, physical activity levels and weight outcomes: lessons learnt from an exploratory trial. Public Health Nutrition, 1-10.


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