Dr Rebecca Turner

Research Associate

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  • I am a research associate at the University of Manchester and chartered psychologist with the British Psychological Society. 
  • I am the Deputy Editor for the Health Psychology Update and member of the Division of Health Psychology comittee. 
  • My research interests are working with clinical teams to support healthcare professional behaviour change, implementation of new technologies or guidance into health services, the development, optimisation and evaluation of complex interventions and the translation of behavioural science. 
  • I currently work on a project exploring antimicrobial stewardship interventions in secondary care in the NHS. Additionally I work on projects in the area of global health.


I gained my undergraduate degree in Psychology with sport and exercise from Leeds Beckett University and my masters in Health Psychology from Sheffield Hallam University. I originally worked as a assistant psychologist and in patient facing roles. I then embarked on my research career, undertaking my PhD in health psychology at the Centre for Behaviour Change and Applied Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University. My PhD developed, delivered and evaluated a healthcare professional intervention. This was in the form of a training package to support healthcare professionals recommending, referring and supporting patients with prostate cancer with exercise in line with NICE recommendations. I conducted and published a Cochrane methodology systematic review exploring what elements of exercise interventions were effective at supporting exercise behaviour in people living with and beyond cancer. A rapid review exploring the clinical exercise guidelines for healthcare professionals. I then developed an intervention using the Medical Research Council, Behaviour Change Wheel guidance and key stakeholders. This intervention was delivered and evaluated at two NHS sites. This developed intervention is now being delivered as part of this national trial funded by the NIHR. Now as an early career researcher in the field of behavioural science and health psychology, I am passionate about improving health services and patient outcomes in the UK and globally.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Chartered Psychologist and full member of the Division of Health Psychology

British Psychological Society

Committee member

Division of Health Psychology Committee, British Psychological Society

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion group member

Faculty, Biology, Medicine and Health University of Manchester


External positions

Expert advisory board member, Enactus, Motion - Chair based exercise sessions for older adults in care home, University of Sheffield Enterprise

1 Sep 2021 → …

Deputy Editor for Health Psychology Update, Division of Health Psychology, British Psychology Society

1 Aug 2021 → …

Areas of expertise

  • BF Psychology - Health Psychology, Behavioural science, Complex intervention development and evaluation, Systematic reviews, Qualitative Research Methods, Healthcare professional training, Translation of behavioural science

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2020 - Doctor of Philosophy, Developing healthcare professional training to promote exercise in prostate cancer patients, Sheffield Hallam University (2017 - 2020)
  • 2015 - Master in Science, Health Psychology, Sheffield Hallam University (2013 - 2015)
  • 2011 - Bachelor of Science, Psychology with sport and exercise, Leeds Beckett University (2008 - 2011)

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