Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


Gemma Pugh

Research Interests

  • The role of physical activity and health behaviour in chronic disease management 
  • Teenage and young adult cancer survivorship
  • Lifestyle interventions to improve cancer survivorship
  • The application of new technologies to promote health and well being

Current Research

Gemma is a current IMPACT Award funded PhD student who joined the Health Behaviour Research Centre in September 2014. Her background is in Exercise Science in which she completed a BSc at The University of Glasgow in 2014. The focus of her PhD is to carry out a series of studies which will culminate in the development of a health behaviour intervention designed specifically for teenage and young adult (TYA) cancer survivors. She is currently carrying out several studies investigating the current health behaviour status of TYA cancer survivors, their perceived importance of health related behaviour, their experience of receiving lifestyle advice and their interest in information relating to health behaviours such as physical activity, diet, smoking, alcohol consumption and sun safety. Gemma is a former trainee member of the National Cancer Research Institute TYA Clinical Studies Group. 




  • 2014. B.Sc Physiology and Sport Science, University of Glasgow


1. Pugh. G., Hough, R., Gravestock, H. L., Jackson. S.,  & Fisher, A. (2017) The Health Behaviour Information Needs and Preferences of Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Survivors J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol  (Online Ahead of Print)

2. Pugh. G., & McCann. L., (2017) Assessing the Quality, Feasibility, and Efficacy of Electronic Patient Platforms Designed to Support Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer: A Systematic Review Protocol JMIR Res Protoc 6(1):e4

3. Pugh, G., Gravestock, H. L., Hough, R. E., King, W. M., Wardle, J., & Fisher, A. (2016). Health Behavior Change Interventions for Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Survivors: A Systematic Review. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol 5(2): 91-105.

4. Pugh, G., Gravestock, H., Hough, R., King, W., Wardle, J., & Fisher, A. (2015). The development of a lifestyle intervention for teenage and young adult cancer survivors in the UK: protocol. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CANCER CARE, 24, 42-43.