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Kayleigh Kwah

Research Assistant

My Research Vision

Working directly with people has always been a passion of mine and combining this with addressing real life issues using theory and evidence based approaches attracted me to applied research. My vision is to have a positive impact on people’s health and to equip people with the knowledge and skills to change their behaviour for the long term.

BIOGRAPHY

Kayleigh has been working for the centre for almost 3 years following the completion of an MSc in Health Psychology. As an early career researcher her interests are still very broad and stretch across a range of areas within the health psychology discipline. She is currently working on several different applied research projects on a variety of topics such as sexual health, smoking, physical activity and obesity. She is predominantly interested in the application of behaviour change approaches and is currently working on a project applying the behaviour change approaches and is currently working on a number of projects applying and evaluating behaviour change theory, predominately to develop online interventions.

SELECTED OUTPUTS

  • Alhassan, Y. N., Barrett, H., Brown, K. E. and Kwah, K. (2016) 'Belief systems enforcing female genital mutilation in Europe', International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, 9 (1), 29–40.

SELECTED PROJECTS

  • Coventry City Council behaviour change support project: In September 2015 Coventry University were commissioned to provide a behaviour change support service for the Coventry City Council’s Be Active Be Healthy service. This will include the review and re-deisgn of 6 of the services offered by the team. The review involves identifying what behaviour change techniques are embedded into the programme and its materials and following the review re-designing the programme in line with the current behaviour change guidance and scientific evidence base.  Intervention manuals will be produced for each service, providing step by step guidance on how to effectively deliver the behaviour change technique associated with each component of the service.
  • Ifeed: User-centred development of an online and mobile phone intervention to support infant feeding choice and confidence to sustain breastfeeding and/or safe formula feeding: Many pregnant women and mothers, and service providers, seek to fill the gap in breastfeeding support by looking online for information, but find it difficult to determine what is reliable, usable and evidence based . Although there are many mother-focussed sources of online information, few have been systematically developed with the user in mind, or rigorously evaluated for effectiveness. ifeed aims to assess the needs of parents and healthcare staff/lay supporters for online infant feeding information and support using literature reviews and focus groups. It will involve parents and staff in design workshops for the development of a new comprehensive web portal and smart phone app intervention to help parents make informed and confident decisions about infant feeding, and to support sustained breastfeeding and safe and responsive bottle feeding. The outcomes of this research will inform the design and feasibility testing of a future clustered randomised trial of the intervention for clinical and cost effectiveness.
  • Chance 2 Change: Development of a digital intervention to increase condom use amongst those self-testing for chlamydia: Young people are disproportionately affected by sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The best way to avoid STIs is to use a condom but young people report inconsistent use. A missed opportunity to intervene to increase condom use is when they access self-testing kits for STIs via the internet. Annually, approximately 130,000 young people are tested via this route. Those tested are at high risk of future STIs and include groups which other services have found difficult to engage. This study will develop a theory-based, tailored intervention to increase condom use, embedded within the existing user-pathway of the chlamydia self-testing website. 
  • Stop App: Development of an eHealth intervention to improve access to smoking cessations services in Warwickshire: The development of a app with the potential to be promoted and used within NHS and other public services across Warwickshire. The app will include an evidence based behaviour change intervention to increase motivation to book a stop smoking service appointment. This will be followed by the facility to instantly book an appointment at a time suitable to the individual, with text reminders to attend the appointment. We are hoping to develop the app as an add-on to current administrative systems used by stop smoking advisors to not only reduce the barriers to attendance but also reduce administrative burden.
  • REPLACE 2: Researching FGM Intervention Programmes Linked to African Communities in the EU: REPLACE 2 aims to implement and evaluate the REPLACE 1 community-based behaviour change intervention framework to tackle female genital mutilation (FGM) in the EU. In collaboration with five European partners, REPLACE 2 will design, deliver and evaluate individual tailored community-based behaviour change interventions and develop a toolkit for applying this approach in the community.
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Research Assistant

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Health Interventions