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Nicki is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. She is a Chartered Health Psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. Nicki’s research focuses on developing and evaluating complex interventions that are designed to make a demonstrable contribution to the promotion of individual, population and global health. Her work includes lifestyle-based interventions for primary and secondary prevention of chronic conditions, animated health behaviour change messages, and community pharmacy supported interventions. Nicki leads the Health Behaviour and Behaviour Change Research group at Northumbria.
Nicki uses quantitative and qualitative research methods, and has particular experience in intervention co-design; n-of-1 methods; systematic reviewing and meta-analysis; and randomised and pragmatic trials. Her work has been funded by NIHR, MRC, Versus Arthritis, Lewy Body Society, Department of Health and the Cabinet Office.
Nicki is an experienced postgraduate supervisor and is registered as an Applied Psychology Practice Supervisor. If you are would like to discuss potential supervision of a PhD or Stage 2 Health Psychology training, please get in touch.
- Global health and behaviour change
- 'Languageless' animated health communication
- Digital and blended (digital + human) health behaviour change interventions
- Community pharmacy supported interventions for chronic health conditions
- Physical activity behaviour change
- Arthritis and musculoskeletal health
- Intervention co-design with stakeholders
- N-of-1 (single case) methodology
Current PhD supervision:
David Bourne. Chronic pancreatitis: towards a comprehensive, patient-centred, evidence-based model of nutritional care. NIHR Clinical Doctoral Fellowship
Beckie Gibson. Understanding persuasive effects of message framing for vaccination uptake in university students. Northumbria Doctoral Studentship
Angela Long. The role of commuinty pharmacy in the management of age-related musculoskeletal conditions. ESRC Doctoral Studentship
Chris Penlington. Psychological therapy for orofacial pain: series of N-of-1 studies
Award Date: 1 Jun 2010
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A pre- and post-intervention study testing the effect of exposure to languageless animated images communicating COVID-19 preventive behaviours on behavioural intentions and beliefs of Guatemalan adultsO'Brien, N., Vijaykumar, S., Craig, M., Land, E., Aguilar Jocol, S. M., Bedoya Mendoza, X. G., dela Cruz Estrada, R., Najera Gonzalez, E. A. & Nicolau Ozaeta, L. F., 22 Jul 2022, In: Journal of Global Health. 12, p. 1-11 11 p., 05018.
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"He or she maybe doesn’t know there is such a thing as a review”: a qualitative investigation exploring barriers and facilitators to accessing medication reviews from the perspective of people from ethnic minority communitiesRobinson, A., Sile, L., Govind, T., Guraya, H. K., O'Brien, N., Harris, V., Pilkington, G., Todd, A. & Husband, A., 1 Aug 2022, In: Health Expectations. 25, 4, p. 1432-1443 12 p.
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Recommendations for community pharmacy to improve access to medication advice for people from ethnic minority communities: A qualitative person‐centred codesign studyRobinson, A., O'Brien, N., Sile, L., Guraya, H. K., Govind, T., Harris, V., Pilkington, G., Todd, A. & Husband, A., 1 Dec 2022, In: Health Expectations. 25, 6, p. 3040-3052 13 p.
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The feasibility and acceptability of a psychosocial intervention to support people with dementia with Lewy bodies and family care partnersKillen, A., Flynn, D., O'Brien, N. & Taylor, J-P., 1 Jan 2022, In: Dementia. 21, 1, p. 77-93 17 p., 14713012211028501.
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Using a qualitative co-design approach to identify recommendations for improving access to medication reviews for people from ethnic minority communitiesRobinson-Barella, A., Sile, L., Govind, T., Guraya, H. K., O'Brien, N., Harris, V., Pilkington, G., Todd, A. & Husband, A., 1 Dec 2022, In: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice. 30, Supplement_2, p. ii46-ii47 2 p., riac089.056.
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