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Lucia is an Assistant Professor in Health and Social Care Research in the Department of Nursing and Midwifery. She has twelve years of experience in development and evaluation of interventions aimed at supporting the health of people and the environment.

Her research spans the themes of health behaviours (eating, weight management, active travel), long-term conditions (type 2 diabetes), mental health (shared decision-making), sustainability (food-shopping, land use), and health policy (integrated care systems).

Lucia finished her PhD and the first few years of her postdoctoral studies at Newcastle University, where she led the multiple-method evaluation of a £2.5 million diabetes remission clinical trial known as DiRECT, amongst other projects related with active travel and food shopping. After this, she gained experience as a Knowledge Transfer Partnership Associate at Southampton University, where she supported the translation of an evidence-based weight management intervention into an app, currently used by the NHS. Before joining Northumbria University as a research fellow in 2022, she supported the evaluation of the Integrated Care Pioneers at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

At Northumbria, Lucia coordinates a co-production of a decision aid to support person-centred decision making about digital mental health support choices. She is interested in systems thinking, and the role of communities in supporting peoples’ wellbeing and sustainable development.

Further Information

My published work can be found on Google Scholar .

 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, PhD, Newcastle University

Award Date: 1 Jun 2016

Psychology, MSc, Leiden University

Award Date: 1 Jun 2011

Psychology, BSc, Comenius University

Award Date: 1 Jun 2009

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