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Rebecca Livingston

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I joined Teesside University in 2021 as a Research Associate, managing a project in collaboration with South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, co-designing and feasibility testing a digital prehabilitation programme ('iPrepwell') for perioperative patients approaching major surgery. After successfully defending my PhD thesis in 2023, I joined the School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law as a Lecturer in Psychology, whilst completing further training to become a Chartered Health Psychologist. My research skills and interests include qualitative research methods, physical activity and exercise, social influence, reproductive health and health behaviour theory, models and developing health behaviour change interventions. I am particularly interested in the development and application of theory to understand human behaviour using qualitative methods.

The iPrepwell Project: This has involved the theory-informed development of a multibehavioural prehabilitation intervention to better prepare patients for surgery. Specifically, my role has involved the conduct of an in-depth qualitative study with health care professionals and surgical patients to inform the development of a digital intervention (iPrepwell) for use during perioperative care. The development of the intervention has been informed by qualitative findings and existing evidence and is in the process of being feasibility tested across two NHS Trusts. In addition, working with a multi-disciplinary team, I have developed a theory and evidence-informed training intervention for healthcare professionals to support the promotion and prompting of the digital intervention to maximise uptake and engagement. 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Exploring social influences on antenatal physical activity: the players of influence, the positions of negotiation and the sense-making experiences of pregnant women navigating their physical activity related relationships and identities, Aston University

Award Date: 20 Jul 2023

Master, Health Psychology, Aston University

Award Date: 7 Sept 2018

Bachelor, Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice, Liverpool John Moores University

Award Date: 19 Aug 2011


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