Dr Ruth Jepson

Research interests and experience:

Ruth has been involved in many different aspects of public health research for over 20 years. After completing her MSc in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, she spent over 10 years in the Cochrane Collaboration as a Review Group Co-ordinator and as a reviewer. She also worked at the NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination in York University. She returned to the University of Edinburgh to undertake her PhD on developing a measure of informed choice in cancer screening. Prior her role in SCPHRP, she was at the University of Stirling where she was Co-Director of the Centre for Population and Public Health and Lead for the Physical Activity and Diet Research Programme. Her methodological expertise is in systematic reviews and evaluation research (both qualitative and quantitative). Her current research interests are around promoting physical activity, particularly in the outdoor environment. She has a number of grants and studentships in this area and has published a number of peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed reports. She is particularly interested in undertaking research in partnership with service providers and users.


Baker G. Martin A, Jepson R. Mutrie N. Ethnicity and Physical Activity. Funder: University of Edinburgh (School of Education) (April-Aug 2014)
Evans J, Ryde G, Jepson R, Gray C, Shepherd A, Mackison D, McMurdo M The Well! Bingo programme: a feasibility study of a physical activity intervention delivered to older women in a bingo club setting. Funder: CSO (2014-15)
Bowes A, Jepson R, McCabe L. Physical activity for people with dementia (a realist synthesis). Funder: CSO. (2010-2011)
Hughes A, Gilinsky A, McInnes R, Jepson R. A qualitative study to explore the experiences of postnatal women participating in a physical activity intervention: Process evaluation of the More Active MuMs in Stirling (MAMMiS) study. Funder: CSO. (2011-12)

What attracted you to this research project?

My interest in this project is related both to the physical activity intervention and the population group. I originally trained as a nurse and I always enjoyed working with older people. My first position post registration was on a care of the elderly ward and it struck me then how little opportunities there were for people to maintain their interests and activities that they had had prior to being admitted. We know that physical activity has many benefits at every age. For older people it can improve their muscle function, prevent falls and improve their mental wellbeing. In recent years I have focus on the benefits of physical activity and have undertaken a number of research projects in this area. It gives me great pleasure to be working on this project and I look forward to developing a useful resource for care homes.


Additional Information

Ruth’s personal page on the SCPHRP website can be found here: http://www.scphrp.ac.uk/about/people/ruth-jepson/ Ruth has created a nutshell video in which she talks about her work at the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy related to evaluating public health interventions. The video can be found here http://www.nutshell-videos.ed.ac.uk/ruth-jepson-public-health/ Ruth is a member of academia.edu and some of her publications are detailed here: https://edinburgh.academia.edu/RuthJepson.