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Dr. Katherine Brown BSc (Hons) PhD CPsychol FHEA

Reader in eHealth and Behaviour Change

My Research Vision

Understanding how real-world problems can be addressed by the scientific evidence-base has always been what has interested me about a career in research. I want my work to address important health and wellbeing issues through developing and evaluating interventions informed by clear theoretical thinking, rigorous systematic approaches and the evidence about what is most likely to be effective in bringing about positive change. 

BIOGRAPHY

Since completing a PhD studentship at Sheffield Hallam University in 2004 Dr Katherine Brown has held posts as Lecturer and later Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Coventry University and for three years was Course Director of the MSc Health Psychology programme. In September 2011, Dr Brown took up the position of Reader in eHealth and Wellbeing Interventions, a joint post between Coventry University and Public Health Warwickshire. She has published papers in psychology, medical and public health journals and obtained funding from research councils including the British Academy and Medical Research Council, the NHS, the European Commission and commercial sources. Dr Brown is currently acting lead of the Behaviour and Interventions Research sub-theme in CTEHR. Dr Brown’s research interests include the application of psychological behavioural change theories and evidence to the design and development of public health interventions; the application of eHealth as a format for intervention delivery; interventions to support sexual health and wellbeing outcomes, including the work looking at ending Female Genital Mutilation amongst migrant African communities in Europe. Evaluation of interventions is also a key focus of her work.

SELECTED OUTPUTS

  • Brown, K. E., Newby, K., Caley, M., Danahay, A. and Kehal, I. (published on line; 2016). Pilot evaluation of a web-based intervention targeting sexual health service access. Health Education Research
  • Newby, K., Brown, K. E., Bayley, J., Caley, M, Danahay, A., Hunt, J. and Critchley, G. (in press).  Development and implementation of an intervention to increase the uptake of sexual health services amongst young people. Health Promotion Practice.
  • Alhassan, Y., Barrett, H., Brown, K. E., and Kwah, K. (2016). Belief systems enforcing female genital mutilation in Europe. Ethnicities and inequalities in Health and Social Care.
  • Bayley, J. and Brown, K.E. (2015) 'Translating group programmes into online formats: establishing the acceptability of a Parents’ Sex and Relationships Communication Serious Game' BMC Public Health, 15, 1225. 
  • Wallace, L., Brown, K.E., & Hilton, S. (2015). Planning for, Implementing and Assessing the Impact of Health Promotion and Behaviour Change Interventions: A Way forward for Health Psychologists. In M. Murray and K. Chamberlain (Eds) New Directions in Health Psychology. Sage Publications: New Delhi.
  • Curtis, K. E., Lahiri, S., Brown, K. E. (2015). Development of a theory driven healthy eating app targeting parents for childhood weight management. Journal of Medical Internet Research. mHealth & uHealth 3 (2): e69
  • Shegogg, R., Brown, K. E., Bull, S., Christensen, J. L., Hieftje, K., Jozkowski, K., & Ybarra, M. (2015). Roundtable Discussion: Serious Games for Sexual Health. Games for Health Journal: Research, Development and Clinical Applications, 4(2), 1-9.
  • Wallace, L.M., Brown, K.E., & Hilton, S. (2014). Planning for, implementing and assessing the impact of health promotion and behaviour change interventions: a way forward for Health Psychologists. Health Psychology Review, 8(1), 8-33. (IF: 4.160; Q1 Journal in SJR rankings)

SELECTED PROJECTS

  • Feasibility study of the Kinsey Institute Homework Intervention (KIHISUK) to promote correct and consistent condom use: Adaptation of the Kinsey Institute Condom Homework Intervention study for the UK – the focus is to support men to practice use of condom and lubricants alone, and focus on pleasurable sensations associated with their use. The purpose is to increase confidence, competence and associations with pleasure with the target of improving use during sex with a partner.
  • Stop-app: Development of an eHealth intervention to improve access to smoking cessations services in Warwickshire: The project involves development work involving stakeholders and past and current smokers for an intervention targeted at increasing uptake or smoking cessation in Warwickshire. We are applying principles of behaviour change intervention development from the Behaviour Change Wheel and user-centred design. 
  • Evaluation of the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) in Warwickshire: The project involved analysing secondary data and interviewing service users and professionals working at or allied to the new SARC to assess the early impact of the service. 
  • Respect Yourself: Evaluation of a website and web app to support service uptake amongst young people in Warwickshire: A co-produced intervention targeting sexual health service access amongst young people in Warwickshire.
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Reader in eHealth and Behaviour Change

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