Personal profile

Key Research Interests

Nikki is a mixed methods researcher (quantitative and qualitative), who's areas of work focus around health psychology, behavioural and implementation science.  Key behaviours of interest include physical activity, healthy eating/nutrition and weight loss/management and control) to enhance healthy ageing across the life course. 

Nikki is a registered Health Psychologist (Health and Care Professions Council - HCPC), a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), a full member of the Division of Health Psychology (DHP) and a Certificate holder on the EuroPsy Register.

Areas of Expertise

Nikki's key interests include the design, development, evaluation and analysis of complex multiple health behaviour change interventions.  Nikki has particular interest in translational science, continually raising the profile and importance of the translation of theory and evidence based research into practice (implementation science), with particular focus on improving the health of individuals in community settings. 

Nikki offers expertise in the the teaching and training of individuals in the workforce, to support behaviour change in practice.  This teaching and training involves 'Client Centred Commuinication Skills', elicit-provide-elicit technique (known in many guises), active listening skills and OARS (open questions, affirmations, reflections and summaries), to raise the confidence of individuals and enable them to have successful conversations around lifestyle behaviour change (i.e. healthy eating, physical activity, weight, alcohol consumption, smoking) with their clients. 

Nikki also has a passion for everyone to gain an understanding of what factors influence behaviour, and strategies that can assist in helping to change lifestyle behaviour.  Particularly, how the workforce (this can include anyone who interacts with someone wanting to change an aspect of their lifestyle) can provide support to individuals through the adoption and implementation of Behaviour Change Techniques (BCTs), particularly self-regulatory strategies (goal setting, action planning, coping planning, problem solving, and self-monitoring) to enable everyone to feel empowered to make thier own positive lifestyle choices.  Individuals (healthcare workers, community leaders etc) need to feel confident in engaging in conversations about lifestyle behaviour change, so understanding core strategies, techniques and skills that can help make every contact count and help those supportive conversations take place is key.


Academic Background

  • PhD – (University of Exeter Medical School - awarded 2023)
  • Doctorate in Health Psychology (C Psychol) – (British Psychological Society - awarded 2018)
  • MSc in Health Psychology with Distinction (University of Bedfordshire - awarded 2010)
  • BSc Psychology with Clinical (University of Kent - awarded 2006)

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Exeter

Award Date: 14 Jun 2023

Doctor of Health Science, British Psychological Society

Award Date: 1 May 2018

Master of Science, University of Bedfordshire

Award Date: 1 Nov 2010

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Kent

Award Date: 1 Jul 2006

External positions

Senior Research Associate, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

6 May 2008 → …

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