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Catherine is a Research Officer in the Public Health Collaborating Unit, School of Health Sciences. In this role, Catherine is an academic interface for Public Health Wales to conduct high-quality research which can be delivered rapidly and support the development of new research areas.
Catherine's research considers how to prevent and protect both vulnerable individuals and whole populations from harm, and to support positive behaviour change to effectively promote and improve health and wellbeing across different stages of the life-course. Research topics Catherine has investigated since beginning her role include physical activity (adults and children), impact of digital technology on health and on family interactions, gambling and public opinion on public health.
Previous roles have included a postdoctoral researcher position at Swansea University to write a grant targeting intergenerational physical activity and an impact officer role at Bangor University to co-design and produce physical activity exercise videos (Dynamic Dudes) for primary school children with a school governing network and a local secondary school.
Catherine completed her MScRes and PhD in the School of Psychology, Bangor University, where she developed and evaluated a healthy eating intervention (Food Dudes) and a physcial activity (Dynami Dudes) intervention targeting pre-school children in the school envionrment. The healthy eating intervention was delievered to over 200 nurseries following it's evaluation.
After successfully obtaining KESS funding, Catherine is supervising a MScRes student to investigate children's perceptions of parents use of digital technology.
As a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Catherine also delivers guest lectures.