Dr Nicola Shelton
My research is on health geography, health surveillance and the outcomes that can be measured through large and complex health data sets. Currently I have two major areas of research: firstly in health behaviours and outcomes associated with alcohol consumption and physical activity, and secondly in older people’s health and wellbeing.
In the alcohol research area I have worked on alcohol geographies examining how regional variations in drinking practises in England are associated with differences in attitude to alcohol consumption and to drunkenness. I presented this work at the House of Commons in 2010 and fed into evidence in the Health Committee Government’s Alcohol Strategy in 2012-13. I have also published BMA funded research showing the association between alcohol calories and obesity. Other work includes underreporting of alcohol consumption and the potential for overestimation of the health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption in conjunction with PhD students. ESRC funded work on alcohol consumption in older people has been motivated by the Royal College of Physicians recommendations to reduce the maximum unit limits for older people and by the increase in numbers of older people who are drinking above current limits. http://www.ucl.ac.uk/arig/research/#life-transitions Latest research working with a new PhD student is on national and regional acculturation and alcohol consumption.
In the area of physical activity I have looked at how a decline physical activity in older age is associated with retirement even after adjustment for health and obesity despite older working people citing a lack of time for exercise. Current collaborative work has been looking at how non screen sedentary behaviour is associated with low deprivation and TV watching is associated with higher deprivation. Other work has drawn together the relationship between physical activity and alcohol consumption and health and this work is now being further developed. Innovative research with a Crucible funded PhD student is looking at how developing physical active virtual field trips for school classrooms will reduce sedentary time in the classroom and may aid learning and recall. https://virtualtravellerstudy.wordpress.com/
Under the auspices of CeLSIUS I have been working on a beta test of the 2011 Census data linkage to the longitudinal study examining the geographical and employment factors which contribute to working beyond the age of 50 in 2011. This has formed part of the 2014-2017 RenEWL work programme in the ESRC Extended Working Lives Consortia of which I am a Co-Investigator. www.ucl.ac.uk/renewl
Additionally I was involved as Co-I on a methodological project involving CeLSIUS: to develop a synthetic longitudinal data which is producing software using open government license in conjunction with ONS. http://calls.ac.uk/guides-resources/synthetic-ls-data/ The latter project has delivered a desktop synthetic longitudinal data set that can be used as a teaching, training and test data set to address the necessary challenges of restrictive data access policies to Census longitudinal data.
Research on Extending Working Lives
Young people and children's health
historical epidemiology and demography
Director of BSc in Population Health http://www.ucl.ac.uk/bsc-population-health
Module lead IEHC1001 Epidemiological Transition
Postgraduate dissertation supervisor; postgraduate personal tutor
Dr Mai Stafford; Dr Ewan Carr; Prof Jenny Head; Dr Jenny Mindell; Prof Mika Kivimaki; Dr Gareth Hagger-Johnson; Dr Emily Murray; Prof Nikolaos Donos; Prof Diana Kuh; Dr Paola Zaninotto
- Norris E, Shelton N, Stamatakis E, Dunsmuir S, Duke-Williams O (2015). Virtual field trips as physically active lessons for children: A pilot study. BMC Public Health, 15(1), - . doi:10.1186/s12889-015-1706-5
- Coombs N, Stamatakis E, Rowlands A, Shelton NJ, Hillsdon M (2015). Objectively-assessed and self-reported sedentary time in relation to multiple socioeconomic status indicators among adults in England: a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open, , - .
- Gordon-Dseagu VLZ, Mindell JS, Steptoe A, Moody A, Wardle J, Demakakos P, Shelton NJ (2015). Impaired glucose metabolism among those with and without diagnosed diabetes and mortality: A cohort study using Health Survey for England data. PLoS ONE, 10(3), - . doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0119882
- Norris E, Shelton N, Dunsmuir S, Duke-Williams O, Stamatakis E (2015). Physically active lessons as physical activity and educational interventions: a systematic review of methods and results.. Prev Med, 72, 116 - 125. doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2014.12.027
- Harhay MO, Bor J, Basu S, McKee M, Mindell JS, Shelton NJ, Stuckler D (2014). Differential impact of the economic recession on alcohol use among white British adults, 2004-2010.. Eur J Public Health, 24(3), 410 - 415. doi:10.1093/eurpub/ckt134
- Scholes S, Shelton NJ, Mindell JS, Panesar S, Francis RM, Mirza S, Donaldson LJ (2014). Epidemiology of lifetime fracture prevalence in England: A population study of adults aged 55 years and over. Age and Ageing, 43(2), 234 - 240. doi:10.1093/ageing/aft167
- Mindell J, Cohen D, Hayward A, Shelton N, Sutaria S, Watkins S (2014). Transport and Clinical Practice. Journal of Transport and Health, , - .
- Ng Fat , Cable N, Marmot M, Shelton N (2014). Are we overestimating the beneficial effects of alcohol in later life? Persistent longstanding illness and non-drinking over time.
- Shelton NJ, Knott C (2014). The association between alcohol calorie intake and overweight and obesity in English adults. American Journal of Public Health, , - .
- Cockings S, shelton N (2014). Spatial Epidemiology. In Cockerham WC, Dingwall R, Quah SR (Ed.), The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society (pp. - ). : Wiley-Blackwell.
- Ng Fat L, Cable N, Marmot MG, Shelton N (2014). Persistent long-standing illness and non-drinking over time, implications for the use of lifetime abstainers as a control group.. J Epidemiol Community Health, 68(1), 71 - 77. doi:10.1136/jech-2013-202576
- Gordon-Dseagu VLZ, Mindell J, Shelton N (2014). Glycated haemoglobin and all-cause and cause-specific mortality: a cohort study utilising data from the Health Survey for England and Scottish Health Survey linked to mortality records.
- Gordon-Dseagu VLZ, Shelton N, Mindell J (2014). Diabetes mellitus and mortality from all-causes, cancer, cardiovascular and respiratory disease: Evidence from the Health Survey for England and Scottish Health Survey cohorts. Journal of Diabetes and its Complications, 28(6), 791 - 797. doi:10.1016/j.jdiacomp.2014.06.016
- Ng Fat L, Cable N, Shelton N (2014). Worsening of health and a cessation or reduction in alcohol consumption to special occasion drinking across three decades of the life-course. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, , - .
- Boniface S, Kneale J, Shelton N (2014). Drinking pattern is more strongly associated with under-reporting of alcohol consumption than sociodemographic factors: evidence from a mixed methods study. BMC Public Health, , - . doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-1297
- Boniface S, Kneale J, Shelton N (2014). Drinking pattern is more strongly associated with under-reporting of alcohol consumption than socio-demographic factors: Evidence from a mixed-methods study. BMC Public Health, 14(1), - . doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-1297
- Flint E, Bartley M, Shelton N, Sacker A (2013). Do labour market status transitions predict changes in psychological well-being?. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, , - . doi:10.1136/jech-2013-202425
- Shelton NJ (2013). Older women's health. In Bamford S-M, Watson. J (Ed.), Has the Sisterhood forgotten older women? (pp. - ). : ICL-UK.
- Soedamah-Muthu SS, De Neve M, Tielemans SMAJ, Shelton NJ, Stamatakis E (2013). Joint associations of alcohol consumption and physical activity with all-cause and cardiovascular mortality. American Journal of Cardiology, 112(3), 380 - 386. doi:10.1016/j.amjcard.2013.03.040
- Knott CS, Scholes S, Shelton NJ (2013). Could more than three million older people in England be at risk of alcohol-related harm? A cross-sectional analysis of proposed age-specific drinking limits.. Age Ageing, 42(5), 598 - 603. doi:10.1093/ageing/aft039
- Flint E, Shelton N, Bartley M, Sacker A (2013). Do local unemployment rates modify the effect of individual labour market status on psychological distress?. Health Place, 23, 1 - 8. doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2013.04.004
- Gordon-Dseagu VLZ, Shelton N, Mindell J (2013). Diabetes, overweight/obesity and all-cause and cause-specific mortality: evidence from the health survey for England and Scottish Health Survey linked to mortality data. DIABETIC MEDICINE, 30, 136 - 136.
- Hagger-Johnson G, Bell S, Britton A, Cable N, Conner M, O'Connor DB, Shickle D, Shelton N, Bewick BM (2013). Cigarette smoking and alcohol drinking in a representative sample of English school pupils: cross-sectional and longitudinal associations.. Prev Med, 56(5), 304 - 308. doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2013.02.004
- Gordon-Dseagu VLZ, Shelton N, Mindell JS (2013). Epidemiological evidence of a relationship between type-1 diabetes mellitus and cancer: A review of the existing literature. International Journal of Cancer, 132(3), 501 - 508. doi:10.1002/ijc.27703
- Boniface S, Shelton N (2013). How is alcohol consumption affected if we account for under-reporting? A hypothetical scenario.. Eur J Public Health, 23(6), 1076 - 1081. doi:10.1093/eurpub/ckt016
- Boniface S, Kneale J, Shelton NJ (2013). Alcohol related factors may be more associated with under-reporting of alcohol consumption than socio-demographic factors: evidence from a mixed-methods study. BMC Public Health, 37(6), - .
- Coombs N, Shelton N, Stamatakis E, Rowlands A (2013). Children's and adolescents' sedentary behaviour in relation to socioeconomic position. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 67(10), 868 - 874. doi:10.1136/jech-2013-202609
- Knott C, Scholes S, Shelton NJ (2012). COULD MORE THAN THREE MILLION OLDER PEOPLE BE AT RISK OF ALCOHOL-RELATED HARM? A CROSS-SECTIONAL ANALYSIS OF AGE-SPECIFIC DRINKING GUIDELINES. JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY AND COMMUNITY HEALTH, 66, A58 - A58. doi:10.1136/jech-2012-201753.150
- Ng Fat L, Shelton N (2012). Associations between self-reported illness and non-drinking in young adults.. Addiction, 107(9), 1612 - 1620. doi:10.1111/j.1360-0443.2012.03878.x
- Mindell J, Shelton N, Roth M, Chaudhury M, Falschetti E (2012). Persistent regional variation in treatment of hypertension. Public Health, , - . doi:10.1016/j.puhe.2012.01.008
- Gordon-Dseagu VLZ, Mindell J, Shelton N (2012). ALL-CAUSE AND CAUSE-SPECIFIC MORTALITY AMONG INDIVIDUALS WITH AND WITHOUT DIABETES IN ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND. JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY AND COMMUNITY HEALTH, 66, A22 - A22. doi:10.1136/jech-2012-201753.057
- Mindell J, Biddulph JP, Hirani V, Stamatakis E, Craig R, Nunn S, Shelton N (2012). Cohort profile: the health survey for England.. Int J Epidemiol, 41(6), 1585 - 1593. doi:10.1093/ije/dyr199
- Boniface S, Kneale J, Shelton N (2012). Actual and perceived units of alcohol in a self-defined “usual glass” of alcoholic drinks in England. Alcoholism, clinical and experimental research, Epub ahead of print, - . doi:10.1111/acer.12046
- Shelton N (2011). Post-Partum Depression. In Stange MZ, Oyster C K G, J G (Ed.), The Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World (pp. - ). : .
- Shelton NJ, Gharib W, Tabassum F, Roth M, Jones H (2011). LIFESTYLE BEHAVIOURS. In Bromley C, Mindell J (Ed.), The Scottish Health Survey: Topic Report: Older People's Health (pp. - ). : .
- Flint E, Sacker A, Shelton N, Bartley M (2011). INVESTIGATING THE EFFECTS OF LABOUR MARKET POSITION ON MINOR PSYCHIATRIC MORBIDITY ACROSS THE BUSINESS CYCLE: LONGITUDINAL ANALYSIS OF THE BRITISH HOUSEHOLD PANEL SURVEY, 1991-2007. J EPIDEMIOL COMMUN H, 65, - . doi:10.1136/jech.2011.143586.34
- Watkins S, Mindell J, Cohen J, Hayward A, Shelton NJ (2011). Transport and Clinical Practice. In Mindell JS, Watkins S, Cohen J (Ed.), Health on the Move 2. Policies for health-promoting transport (pp. - ). : Transport & Health Study Group.
- SHELTON NJ, Savell E (2011). The geography of binge drinking: the role of alcohol-related knowledge, behaviours and attitudes. Results from the Health Survey for England 2007. Health and Place, 17(3), 784 - 792. doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2011.02.004
- Shelton N, Mindell J (2010). Measuring Health. In Bulmer M, Gibbs J, Hyman L (Ed.), Social Measurement through Social Surveys: An Applied Approach (pp. - ). : Ashgate Publishing.
- Bromley C, Shelton N (2010). The Scottish Health Survey: Topic Report UK Comparisons.
- IBG RGS (2010). Consumption controversies: Alcohol policies in the UK..
- Aresu M, Gordon-Dseagu V, Shelton N (2010). Diabetes and HbA1c. In Craig R, Hirani V (Ed.), The Health Survey for England 2009 (pp. - ). : .
- Mindell J, Shelton N, Roth M, Chaudhury M, Falaschetti E (2010). PERSISTENT REGIONAL VARIATION IN TREATMENT OF HYPERTENSION. J EPIDEMIOL COMMUN H, 64, A55 - A56. doi:10.1136/jech.2010.120477.57
- Chaudhury M, Shelton N (2010). Physical activity among 60-69-year-olds in England: knowledge, perception, behaviour and risk factors. AGEING SOC, 30, 1343 - 1355. doi:10.1017/S0144686X10000486
- Shelton NJ (2009). Regional risk factors for health inequalities in Scotland and England and the "Scottish effect".. Soc Sci Med, 69(5), 761 - 767. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2009.06.044
- Shelton NJ, Herrick KG (2009). Comparison of scoring methods and thresholds of the General Health Questionnaire-12 with the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale in English women.. Public Health, 123(12), 789 - 793. doi:10.1016/j.puhe.2009.09.012
- Shelton N (2008). Diabetes. In Craig R, Mindell J (Ed.), The Health Survey for England 2006. TSO London. (pp. - ). : .
- Renfrew M, Hay A, Shelton N, Law G, Madden S, Sutcliffe S, Woolridge M (2008). Assessing levels of contaminants in breastmilk – methodological issues and a framework for future research. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 22(1), 72 - 86.
- Stafford M, Duke-Williams O, Shelton N (2008). Area inequalities in health: are we underestimating them?. Social Science and Medicine, 67, 891 - 899.
- Donaldson LJ, Reckless IP, Scholes S, Mindell JS, Shelton NJ (2008). The epidemiology of fractures in England. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 62(2), 174 - 180. doi:10.1136/jech.2006.056622
- (2008). The Health Survey for England 2007..
- Garrett E, Galley C, Shelton N (2006). Introduction. In Garrett E, Galley C, Shelton N, Woods RI (Ed.), Infant Mortality: a Continuing Social (pp. - ). : Ashgate.
- Shelton N (2006). Infant Mortality: a Continuing Social Problem.
- Shelton N (2006). Conclusion: The social dimension of infant well-being. In Garrett E, Galley C, Shelton N, Woods RI (Ed.), Infant Mortality: a Continuing Social (pp. - ). : Ashgate.
- Shelton NJ, Birkin MH, Dorling D (2006). Where not to live: a geo-demographic classification of mortality for England and Wales, 1981-2000.. Health Place, 12(4), 557 - 569. doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2005.08.012
- Shelton N (2005). Infant measurements and breastfeeding. In Bromley C, Sproston K, Shelton N (Ed.), The Scottish Health Survey 2003 (pp. 253 - 264). : Scottish Executive.
- Shelton N (2005). Diabetes. In Bromley C, Sproston K, Shelton N (Ed.), The Scottish Health Survey 2003 (pp. 354 - 372). : Scottish Execeutive.
- Zaninotto P, Shelton N, Primatesta P (2005). Cardiovascular Disease and Associated factors. In Bromley C, Sproston K, Shelton N (Ed.), The Scottish Health Survey 2003 (pp. 1 - 54). : Astron.
- Shelton NJ (2005). What not to eat: inequalities in healthy eating behaviour, evidence from the 1998 Scottish Health Survey.. J Public Health (Oxf), 27(1), 36 - 44. doi:10.1093/pubmed/fdh191
- (2005). The Scottish Health Survey 2003.
- Shelton N (2005). The future for new geographers. Area, 37(1), 110 - 114.
- Herrick K, Shelton N, Kelly Y (2005). Respiratory Health and Lung Function. In Bromely C, Sproston K, Shelton N (Ed.), The Scottish Health Survey 2003 (pp. 189 - 222). : Scottish Executive.
- Shelton N (2004). Diabetes. In Sproston K, Primatesta P (Ed.), The Health Survey for England 2003 (pp. - ). : The Stationery Office.
- Shelton N (2004). The role of local Medical Officer of Health in influencing the levels of childhood mortality in late Victorian Devon and Cornwall. In Breschi M, Pozzi L (Ed.), The Determinants of Infant and Child Mortality in Past European Populations (pp. - ). : Forum.
- Shelton N (2004). Response to Johnston and Pattie: on the consequences of the delays in publication for fixed-term staff. Area, 36(3), 323 - 324.
- Ni Laoire C, Shelton N (2003). Contracted out: Some implications of the casualisation of academic labour in Geography. Area, 35(1), 92 - 100.
- Shelton N (2003). Rising life expectancy: A global history.. POP STUD-J DEMOG, 57(2), 234 - 236.
- Woods R, Shelton N (2002). Life and death in the later nineteenth century. In Philips A, Phillips C (Ed.), A New Historical Atlas of Cheshire (pp. 50 - 51). : Chester County Council and Chester Community Council Publicatio.
- Shelton NJ (2000). Childhood mortality and the public health response in Victorian and Edwardian Devon and Cornwall.
- Shelton N, Grundy E (2000). Proximity of adult children to their parents in Great Britain. International Journal of Population Geography, 6, 1 - 15.
- Woods R, Shelton N (2000). Disease Environments in Victorian England and Wales. Historical Methods, 3, 73 - 82.
- Grundy E, Murphy M, Shelton N (1999). Looking beyond the household: intergenerational perspectives on living kin and contacts with kin in Great Britain. Population Trends, , 19 - 27.
- Woods R, Shelton N (1997). An atlas of Victorian mortality.
- Shelton NJ, Mindell J (). Regional variation in treatment: the London effect. Primary Care Cardiovascular Journal, , - .
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