Rachel is the first point of contact for parents in the E-SEE project which is a parenting project to increase infants’ social and emotional wellbeing.
In October 2015 Rachel made the brave decision to travel to Australia to pursue a PhD in Psychology. In December 2018 she moved back to the beautiful city of York. Her PhD focused on postpartum parents and how mums and dads can promote activity in their spouse post-child birth.
Rachel has often been interested in life stages (e.g., Child and Adolescent Development). Now her research interests include pregnancy and the postpartum period with a particular emphasis on health and wellbeing.
Rachel focused her research on the postpartum period during her PhD which investigated the influence of dyadic (partner-based) interventions for physical activity promotion. This project involved a randomized control trial. Postpartum women and a significant other (often their romantic partner), created plans and received motivation training to increase physical activity. She also conducted qualitative work on perspectives of postpartum mums’ engagement and barriers in the physical activity program.
Previously, Rachel has conducted projects on eating attitudes, body image and self-esteem in young adults, and attention and academic achievement in primary school children.
Rachel is currently the trial coordinator on an evidence-based early years parenting program involving postpartum mums and their children.