Rachel joined the Health Sciences department in January 2019 and has been working as a Trial Coordinator at the York Trials Unit since February 2020. Previously she coordinated the Enhancing Social and Emotional health and Wellbeing in the Early Years trial. Rachel moved to Australia for 3 years to pursue a PhD. In December 2018, she moved back to the beautiful city of York.
Rachel’s research interests focus on Health and Well-being. Her background is in Psychology. Rachel’s PhD 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, she 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 teaching on the Qualitative Health Research master's module. She has also contributed to teaching the Psychological and Sociological Aspects of Health and Wellbeing module (BSc Nursing Stage 1)