I am currently a Research Associate based at the Manchester Centre for Health Psychology, working on a programme of research aiming to address obesity prevention, and improving health and wellbeing. The programme focuses on two core aspects: improving patient/general public understanding of obesity prevention through appropriate lifestyle behaviour change, and understanding the healthcare professional role in obesity prevention.
I completed my BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology at Lancaster University before undertaking the MSc in Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Manchester. I then worked as a Research Assistant which included assisting with the qualitative evaluation of a training programme for healthcare professionals, an update of a systematic review, and leading a pilot study testing the effectiveness of mindfulness for people with long-term health conditions.
My PhD, awarded in June 2015, used a mixed methods approach to investigate health risk communication and the role of lifestyle behaviour change in reducing risk, particularly for people with psoriasis.
I then worked as a Research Associate at the Manchester Pharmacy School, investigating technological solutions to supporting healthcare professional behaviour change. This work involved two parts: firstly synthesising the current evidence on successful behaviour change interventions that use technological supports for patient-facing healthcare professionals. Second, examining the acceptability and feasibility of a technological intervention, based on implementation intentions, aiming to reduce prescribing errors in two large NHS Foundation Trusts in Greater Manchester.
PhD Psychology (University of Manchester)
MSc Clinical and Health Psychology (University of Manchester)
BSc Psychology (Hons; Lancaster University)
Memberships of committees and professional bodies
Chartered member of the British Psychological Society, member of the Division of Health Psychology
Manchester Centre for Health Psychology
Member of the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine
Committee member of UK Society for Behavioural Medicine Early Career Network
Member of the European Health Psychology Society