Deanna Hughes

Research Assistant

Deanna joined the Centre for Public Health Research in November 2009. Prior to this, she completed a BSc (Hons) in Cell Biology with industrial experience at the University of Manchester.


MSc Public Health, BSc Cell Biology


Deanna worked for two years as a medical sales representative with Servier Laboratories before deciding to have a change of career. An interest in childhood obesity and an initiative called Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do it (MEND) led her to explore options in Public Health. She then began the MSc in Public Health full time at the Centre for Public Health Research at the University of Chester. Having completed the MSc in Public Health and graduating in March 2011 Deanna now works within the Centre for Public Health Research as a research assistant.


Deanna has a range of research interests relating to public health. Of particular interest is the evaluation of weight management initiatives, and the specific issue of childhood obesity and poverty. Deanna uses a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods in her research.

Current research projects

Deanna provides a range of assistance to researchers within the centre for public health and has been involved in a number of projects.

Deanna is also working with Catherine Perry and Miranda Thurston to expand a programme of research relating to the very early development of childhood obesity and the impact of initiatives designed to address this issue.

Published work

Externally commissioned research reports 

Thurston, M., Alford, S., & Hughes, D. (2010) An evaluation of the Cheshire and Merseyside public health network 'Drink a little less, see a better you' social marketing campaign. Chester: University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Hughes, D., Perry, C., & Thurston, M. (2010) A qualitative evaluation of the Western Cheshire community weight management programme - Step by Step healthy weight and lifestyle programme. Interim report. Chester: University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Unpublished work

Hughes, D. (2010) Understanding men's engagement with weight management programmes: a qualitative study of men in North Wales (Masters dissertation).