About me

Director of Research Impact Development, University of Lincoln

Chartered Health Psychologist, impact specialist, behaviour change intervention developer, BSc, MSc, PhD

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Let’s take this chronologically…..


The health psychology bit: 

I am a HCPC Registered Health Psychologist (PYL29187) and have been an applied researcher for 15 years. My specialism is behaviour change, primarily intervention development, adolescent sexual health and the translation of research into practice. My PhD was in the development of impact-literate health psychology interventions. I have been a grant holder, research team lead, Prince 2 Project manager and principal investigator across multiple studies, with extensive experience in qualitative and quantitative methods with varied participant groups. My research is underpinned by behaviour change theory and practice and formed part of Coventry University’s REF 2014 UoA3 submission. The New approaches in addressing sexual health and sex education case study cited as ‘outstanding’ by the panel.  I also have extensive teaching and mentoring experience with undergraduate and post graduate students and both academic and research management staff.  Oh and yes lots of activity around ethics, open access/open research, research data management and all the fun stuff that comes with research. 


The impact bit

As a natural extension of my applied research portfolio, from 2012 my professional interests shifted more formally towards research impact. Following an increasing role split between academia and research management, from summer 2014 to March 2016 I was seconded as Coventry University’s Impact officer, supporting impact bid writing, planning and delivery across the institution. I supported multiple national and international bids, and devised and ran a programme of impact training across the university to enhance academic and professional service capabilities to build institutional capacity. I am engaged in impact across the HE sector, delivering conference talks, workshops, supporting strategy development and collaborating internationally to strengthen impact delivery within and beyond the UK.  Within ARMA I am the champion for the Impact Special Interest Group and lead national impact training for the Training and Development Committee. In 2015 I won the inaugural ARMA 25th Anniversary Impact award (2015) in recognition of my work within my own institution and across the sector.

I’m now the Director of Research Impact Development at the University of Lincoln (May 2018) with a focus on impact strategy, impact culture and (of course!) REF. I also continue to consult within the sector, most notably as Emerald Publishing’s Impact Literacy Advisor, and continue my own research into impact, health and broader challenges i research implementation.I am currently collaborating with the award winning and completely amazing Dr David Phipps, York University (Toronto) to develop the concept of Impact Literacy and build international standards for knowledge broker competencies.

I am passionate about strengthening impact literacy across the sector, expanding our thinking about impact-as-assessment, and improving professional development frameworks/recognition within our impact communities of practice.  Oh and coffee drinking is my superpower.

Contact me to discuss impact research, consultancy, training or talks.


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