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Academic Biography

Dr Rebekah McNaughton is a Senior Lecturer in Research in the Department of Women’s and children’s/ Public Health in the School of Health and Social Care at Teesside University. She graduated in 2005 with a BSc Psychology and completed an MSc Social Research Methods both at Teesside University.


Rebekah was awarded her PhD from Teesside University in 2018. Her PhD explored the utility of Normalisation Process Theory to explore the patient journey through the NHS Health Checks programme for individuals who had been identified as having an increased risk of suffering a cardiovasular event in the next 10 years.


Rebekah has worked on varied research and evaluation projects (please see projects section) and published in peer-reviewed journals (please see publications section). Rebekah also acts as an external reviewer for several journals.


Rebekah teaches research and qualitative methods across a range of clinical programmes including nursing and paramedic sciences. Rebekah is also the Course Leader for the Doctor of Professional Practice.

Summary of Research Interests

Rebekah's research interests are many and varied but mainly relate to qualitative explorations of:

- Experience of health and illness

- Understandings of health risk

- The utilisation of Normalisation Process Theory

- The NHS Health Checks Programme

- Sex and Relationships Education in schools

- Sexual health

- Acceptability of immunisations

External Research Collaborations

Fuse - Centre for Translational Research in Public Health

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Public Health Research

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

Rebekah teaches across undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral programmes in the School of Health and Social Care.

  • Systematic Review
  • Service Evaluation
  • Clinical Audit
  • Qualitative Research Designs
  • Qualitative Analysis

PhD and Research Opportunities

Rebekah welcomes enquiries relating to any of her research interests.


Current Doctoral Students

Peter Walker-Birch (3rd Supervisor). Project entitled "Medical imaging for people with lower back pain: referral pathways and communication of findings". 2018-2023.


Wondu Gebresilasie (2nd Supervisor). Project investigating barriers to polio vaccine uptake in Pakistan. 2018-2023.


Erica Clough (2nd Supervisor). Project exploring interprofessional education in a Higher Education setting. 2018-2023.


Oluronke Adanini (2nd Supervisor). Project exploring stigma in obesity training. 2018-2023.



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