Dr. Kate Newby

Dr Katie Newby is a Research Fellow within the Behaviour and Interventions Research (BIR) theme of CTEHR. She has broad research interests around sexual health and infectious disease. Particularly, she is interested in how people (e.g. parents, children, young adults) perceive the risk of infection (e.g. from sexually transmitted infections, flu etc) and whether/how this influences protective behaviour (e.g. condom use, vaccination).

Her work in this area also includes examining how to best measure risk and its association with behaviour. She is also interested in the development and evaluation of health behaviour change interventions, particularly methods of development, specification of Behaviour Change Techniques (BCTs), and identifying routes of action. Dr Newby is a registered psychologist (HCPC).

Dr Newby has a degree in psychology (University of Liverpool, 1998; 2.1), and MSc in Health Psychology (Coventry University, 2003; Distinction). Her PhD (Coventry University, 2014) focused on the development and evaluation of an intervention to increase condom use by changing young people’s chlamydia risk and efficacy appraisals.

  • Use of correlational data to examine the relationship between risk appraisal and health behaviour: a systematic review: In their seminal paper, Weinstein Rothman and Nicolich (1998) made recommendations for the optimal design, measurement and analysis of studies collecting correlational data in order to examine the relationship between risk and behaviour. The aim of the present study is to repeat their 1998 review to identify whether nearly 20 years on, 1) there is evidence that the research community has adopted their recommendations, and 2) there has there been a reduction in the proportion of studies using invalid tests of the association. 
  • 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. 
  • Feasibility study of the Kinsey Institute Homework Intervention (KIHISUK) to promote correct and consistent condom use: This study aims to adapt, specify, and assess the feasibility of a behaviour change intervention to increase condom use (The Kinsey Institute® Homework Intervention Strategy; KIHIS) for use in the UK. The KIHIS is designed to improve condom skills, enjoyment, and self-efficacy. 
  • InnerSelfie: making future risks feel real: Promoting physical activity (PA) from an early age is fundamental for cancer prevention. Levels of PA in young people are currently low, with around half of UK school children not meeting minimum guidelines. Innovative interventions are urgently required. This project aims to examine the feasibility and acceptability of developing an intervention to increase levels of PA amongst 13-17 year olds. The proposed intervention will use virtual reality (VR) to allow young people to ‘explore’ inside the human body and learn about how being active helps to prevent cancer. Accompanying resources will support young people to increase their levels of PA. 
  • Exploring mothers’ beliefs about the risk of influenza and of the live nasal influenza vaccine to their 2-4 year old children: This qualitative study aims to explore factors that influenced mothers’ decisions to have their children (aged 2-4 years) vaccinated against influenza in the 2014-2015 season in England. All factors affecting mothers’ decision making will be explored but there will be a particular focus on the concepts of risk and emotion.
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