Academic researcher, specialising in health behaviour change interventions, knowledge mobilisation and impact
BSc, MSc, PhD
I am a HCPC Registered Health Psychologist (PYL29187) and have been an applied researcher for over 12 years. My specialism is behaviour change, primarily intervention development, adolescent sexual health and the translation of research into practice. My PhD was in the development of impact-literate health psychology interventions. I have been a grant holder, research team lead, Prince 2 Project manager and principal investigator across multiple studies, with extensive experience in qualitative and quantitative methods with varied participant groups. My research is underpinned by behaviour change theory and practice and formed part of Coventry University’s REF 2014 UoA3 submission. The New approaches in addressing sexual health and sex education case study cited as ‘outstanding’ by the panel. I also have extensive teaching and mentoring experience with undergraduate and post graduate students and both academic and research management staff.
As a natural extension of my applied research portfolio, from 2012 my professional interests shifted more formally towards research impact. Following an increasing role split between academia and research management, from summer 2014 to March 2016 I was seconded as Coventry University’s Impact officer, supporting impact bid writing, planning and delivery across the institution. In 2014/15 I supported Horizon 2020 and RCUK bids for over £15million. I devised and ran a programme of impact training (to over 500 staff) to enhance academic and professional service capabilities and institutional capacity for impact. This work was underpinned by extensive analysis of impact generation/case studies, impact models and behaviour change intervention logic. I am engaged in impact across the HE sector, delivering talks and seminars and collaborating internationally to strengthen impact delivery within and beyond the UK. I am also co-champion for the ARMA Impact Special Interest Group and member of the ARMA Training and Development Committee. In 2015 I won the inaugural ARMA 25th Anniversary Impact award (2015) in recognition of my work within my own institution and across the sector.
Since April 2016 I have returned to an academic post. Whilst maintaining an interest in adolescent sexual health and behaviour change interventions, my research has now shifted towards knowledge mobilisation and how we can improve the benefits of research through through improving ‘impact literacy‘. I am currently collaborating with the award winning Dr David Phipps, York University (Toronto) to develop this concept further and build international standards for knowledge broker competencies.
In addition to these areas, I am involved in Ethics, Research Data Management and Open Access.