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Overview

Rhiannon joined the Manchester Centre for Health Psychology in 2018 and currently a Research Associate at the centre.

She is involved in research assessing the implementation of large-scale behavour change programmes.

Research interests include:

  • Intervention fidelity
  • Health services research
  • Type 2 diabetes prevention and self-management
  • Early detection and prevention of cancer
  • Evaluations of digital health interventions

Biography

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 the behaviour chnage content in the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme. Rhiannon obtained her PhD in this topic in 2024.

Rhiannon is now involved in a number of research projects, including:

  • The evaluation of the national web-based Healthy Living intervention for patients living with type 2 diabetes (HED-LINE project)
  • The evaluation of a health behaviours digital intervention for women aged 18-35 years who are at increased risk of breast cancer
  • A multi-centre study to compare the carbon footprint, patient experience and resources of standard and hypofractionated radiotherapy (IMPRINT project)
  • Developing and testing an intervention for shift work sleep disorder in NHS workers

Previous projects Rhiannon has been involved in include:

  • Evaluating the nationally implemented NHS Digital Diabetes Prevention Programme (DIPLOMA 2 project)
  • Evaluating the acceptability of breast cancer risk assessment in women aged 30-39 years (BCAN-RAY project)
  • Evaluating the acceptability of risk-stratified breast cancer screening (MyPeBS project)

Research interests

  • Intervention fidelity
  • Health services research
  • Type 2 diabetes prevention and self-management
  • Early detection and prevention of cancer
  • Evaluations of digital health interventions
  • Evaluation of large-scale behaviour change programmes

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Social responsibility

Qualifications

  • 2024 - PhD in Health Psychology, University of Manchester, UK
  • 2016 - MSc in Health Psychology, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK
  • 2015 - BSc (Hons) in Psychology, Bangor University, UK

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

Doctor of Philosophy, Assessing intervention fidelity in a nationally implemented diabetes prevention programme delivered by multiple providers, The University of Manchester

1 Feb 202317 Jan 2024

Award Date: 17 Jan 2024

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

6 Sept 201514 Nov 2016

Award Date: 14 Nov 2016

Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Bangor University

24 Sept 201213 Jul 2015

Award Date: 13 Jul 2015

Areas of expertise

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

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