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Research interests

As a health psychologist, my research focuses on developing and evaluating psychosocial and health behaviour interventions (e.g. decision aids, question prompt lists, patient education leaflets, and community health programmes) to support people to be involved in decisions about their health and improve their health behaviours. I am particularly interested in understanding the role of health literacy in health, and the role of health care professionals in identifying and addressing the difficulties faced by patients with lower health literacy.


I have published widely in a number of areas, including, cancer prevention (bowel and breast cancer screening), psycho-oncology (radiation therapy, cancer genetics, cancer and reproductive health), and maternal and infant health (e.g. prenatal genetic testing, pre-conception counselling, post-partum health).


I previously held an Early Career Research Fellowship from the Australian Health and Medical Research Council (2012-2016) at the University of New South Wales, Australia. I relocated back to the UK in 2016, but continue my Australian and European collaborations through adjunct appointments at the University of Sydney and UNSW Sydney, Australia.

Education/Academic qualification

Public Health/ Health Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney


Award Date: 22 Dec 2010

Psychology, Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Surrey


Award Date: 1 Aug 2003

External positions

Adjunct Lecturer, University of New South Wales

1 Jun 2016 → …

Honorary Research Fellow, University of Sydney

5 Jan 2012 → …


  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • cancer
  • BF Psychology
  • decision making
  • qualitative
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • health literacy
  • health communication
  • health services
  • qualitative research
  • Health


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