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Professor Amy Brown

Professor Amy Brown

Professor, Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 518672

Email address

Welsh language proficiency

Basic Welsh Speaker

Research Links

Office - 136
First Floor
Haldane Building
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision

About

A psychologist by background, I now work in public health research specialising in research exploring early experiences of parenthood with a focus on infant feeding, mental health and normal baby behaviour. I have published widely across these topics with my research helping to inform policy and practice in the UK and internationally.

I have a particular interest in public engagement and making sure our research findings are relevant, understood and shared in an engaging way so that they can reach new parents and those who support them. I have worked closely with policy makers, public health bodies and charities around the world to ensure this happens.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Infant feeding
  • Maternal mental health
  • Responsive parenting
  • Normal infant behaviour
  • Psychosocial experiences of pregnancy and birth
  • Online research
  • Public health and policy
  • Public engagement

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

I am programme director for the MSc in Child Public Health where I specialise in teaching about the impact of pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period upon child health and wellbeing. Key topics include infant feeding, maternal mental health, and responsive parenting.

Research

I am director for the centre for Lactation, Infant Feeding and Translation (LIFT). We conduct research into new parents’ experiences of feeding their baby and the interplay between this and parenting styles and mental health. Our research seeks to inform policy and we work closely with organisations such as the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative, Public health organisations and infant feeding charities. You can find out more about the centre at  https://www.swansea.ac.uk/humanandhealthsciences/research-at-the-college-of-human-and-health/research-centres-and-groups-at-human-and-health/lactation-infant-feeding-translational-research/

Award Highlights

My infant feeding research is recognised by the ESRC as having outstanding impact upon changing breastfeeding policies worldwide; https://esrc.ukri.org/news-events-and-publications/impact-case-studies/changing-breastfeeding-policies-worldwide/

 

I was recognised in 2019 as one of the ‘Nation’s lifesavers’ through the Made at Uni ‘100 ways universities are saving lives and keeping us healthy’; https://madeatuni.org.uk/swansea-university/tackling-uks-low-breastfeeding-rate