Prior to her academic career, Claire worked in public health, commissioning weight management services and working on the childhood obesity strategy in Hampshire. She completed her PhD at the University of Birmingham in 2014 and then went on to hold positions at the University of Sydney and University of Oxford, before coming to Loughborough in 2020, when she joined the CLIMB team as a Senior Research Associate. Claire has expertise in weight management and clinical trial management with experience in behavioural and investigational medicinal trials.

Claire took up the role of Lecturer in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences in March 2022.

Claire’s experience in public health has led her to conduct research about implementable public health interventions for weight management and maintenance of behaviours. Claire aims to help people improve their health and have a better quality of life. She has conducted research using large observational datasets, including the Australian Longitudinal Study of Health, has been the Chief Investigator for two clinical trials and had responsibility for many more. Claire has conducted systematic reviews focused on behaviour change. Her research focuses on behavioural weight management interventions in healthcare settings. More recently she has been examining prehabilitation interventions before surgery to improve surgical outcomes and long-term behaviour change working with colleagues at the University of Newcastle and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Research associate at the University of Sydney and co-investigator on the PACE_G trial.

Featured publications

  • Howick J, Koletsi D, Ioannidis JPA, Madigan CD, Pandis N, Loef M, Walach H, Sauer S,  Kleijnen J,  Seehra J, Johnson T, Schmidt S. (2022).  Most healthcare interventions tested in Cochrane Reviews are not effective according to high quality evidence: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology,148: 160-169. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2022.04.017
  • Madigan CD, Graham H.E, Sturgiss E, KettleVE, Gokal K, Biddle G, Taylor MJ, Daley AJ. (2022). Effectiveness of weight management interventions for adults delivered in primary care: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. BMJ. DOI: 10.1136/bmj-2021-069719
  • Kettle VE, Madigan CD, Coombe A, Graham H, Thomas JJC, Chalkley AE et al.  (2022). Effectiveness of physical activity interventions delivered or prompted by health professionals in primary care settings: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials, BMJ. DOI: 10.1136/bmj-2021-068465
  • Graham H.E, Madigan CD, Daley AJ. Is a small change approach for weight management effective? A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Obesity Reviews. 2021. DOI: 10.1111/obr.13357
  • Madigan, CD, Fong, M, Howick, J, et al.  Effectiveness of interventions to maintain physical activity behavior (device-measured): Systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Obesity Reviews. 2021;e13304.DOI: 10.1111/obr.13304