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Research interests

My research interests lie in diet, physical activity and health, and the application of the behavioural and social sciences to health care and the delivery of care.

I graduated with an MSc in Applied Human Nutrition, before going on to receive a PhD in Medical Studies from the University of Exeter in 2018. My PhD was focused on the role of mealtimes in structuring the health, wellbeing, and quality of life of older adults living in care – where malnutrition is a perennial issue.

I am currently working on a project, funded by the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis Research Versus Arthritis, which aims to develop a digital app for young adults at risk of developing post-traumatic osteoarthritis – a type of osteoarthritis affecting young people with a history of joint injury. This is part of a wider programme of research which is improving our understanding of the effects of sport, exercise and injury on the musculoskeletal health of athletes, recreational exercisers and patients.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Health Science, University of Exeter

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Research Output

Eating well in care homes: Testing the feasibility of a staff training programme aimed at improving social interaction and choice at mealtimes

Watkins, R., Goodwin, V. A., Abbott, R. A. & Tarrant, M., 1 Sep 2019, In : International Journal of Older People Nursing. 14, 3, 11 p., e12247.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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How does the public conceptualise the quality of care and its measurement in community pharmacies in the UK: A qualitative interview study

Watson, M., Silver, K. & Watkins, R., 30 Mar 2019, In : BMJ Open. 9, 3, p. 1-7 7 p., e027198.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Attitudes, perceptions and experiences of mealtimes among residents and staff in care homes for older adults: A systematic review of the qualitative literature

Watkins, R., Goodwin, V. A., Abbott, R. A., Backhouse, A., Moore, D. & Tarrant, M., 1 Jul 2017, In : Geriatric Nursing. 38, 4, p. 325-333 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

15 Citations (Scopus)

Exploring residents' experiences of mealtimes in care homes: A qualitative interview study

Watkins, R., Goodwin, V. A., Abbott, R. A., Hall, A. & Tarrant, M., 11 Jul 2017, In : BMC Geriatrics. 17, 141.

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Open Access
7 Citations (Scopus)