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Rhiannon joined the Manchester Centre for Health Psychology in 2018. She is currently involved in research assessing the implementation of large-scale behavour change programmes. Research interests include intervention fidelity, type 2 diabetes prevention, early detection and prevention of breast cancer and evaluations of digital health interventions.

Rhiannon is a Research Associate and currrently writing her PhD thesis on assessing fidelity of the nationally implemented NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.


Rhiannon completed her BSc (Hons) Psychology at Bangor University in 2015, and her MSc in Health Psychology at the University of the West of England, Bristol in 2016. She subsequently worked in practitioner roles to help people improve their health, including working as a stop smoking practitioner, before joining the Manchester Centre for Heath Psychology in 2018 to work with Prof. David French on the NIHR-funded ‘Diabetes Prevention Long term Multimethod Assessment’ (DIPLOMA) project, evaluating fidelity of delivery of the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.

Rhiannon is now involved in a number of research projects, including the evaluation of the NHS Digital Diabetes Prevention Programme (DIPLOMA 2 project), the evaluation of the national web-based Healthy Living intervention for patients with type 2 diabetes (HED-LINE project), the evaluation of a healthy behaviours app for women aged 18-35 years who are at high risk of breast cancer, the acceptability of breast cancer risk assessment in women aged 30-39 years (BCAN-RAY project), and the acceptability of risk-stratified breast cancer screening (MyPeBS project).

Research interests

Behaviour change, diabetes prevention, early detection and prevention of cancer, intervention fidelity, evaluation of large-scale behaviour change programmes.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Full member of the British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology

Member of the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine

Full member of the European Health Psychology Society

Social responsibility

Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) coordinator for the DIPLOMA research programme (April 2021 - present)

Manchester Access Programme (MAP) Tutor (April 2021 - present)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science, Health Psychology, University of the West of England, Bristol

6 Sep 201514 Nov 2016

Award Date: 14 Nov 2016

Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Bangor University

24 Sep 201213 Jul 2015

Award Date: 13 Jul 2015

Areas of expertise

  • BF Psychology
  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine


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