Dr Rhiannon Phillips

Research Fellow

School of Medicine

Email:
phillipsr19@cardiff.ac.uk
Location:
Neuadd Meirionnydd

I am a Health Psychologist with an interest in a variety of approaches that aim to build confidence and resilience, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, psycho-education, and self-management techniques. I also have a specific interest in the management of chronic functional symptoms (e.g. pain, anxiety, low mood), and in maternal and child health. 

Research Interests

  • Maternal and child health
  • Long-term health problems (including pain, anxiety, and depression)
  • Development and evaluation of complex interventions in community and primary care settings
  • Health behaviour change
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Shared decision making

Current Projects

Education and Qualifications

  • 1999 BSc (1st Class Hons.), Psychology, University of Wales Swansea
  • 2004 PhD, School of Medicine, University of Leeds

Career Overview

  • 2013-present: Research Fellow, School of Medicine, Cardiff University
  • 2012-2013: Senior Health Promotion Practitioner, Public Health Wales
  • 2008-2012: Trial Manager/Research Fellow, University of Bath
  • 2006-2008: Project Manager, part-time secondment to the Wales Centre for Health
  • 2005-2008: Research Fellow, School of Psychology, Cardiff University
  • 2004-2005: Research Associate, School of Psychology, Cardiff University

Professional memberships

  • Chartered Psychologist (Health Psychology), British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Registered Practitioner Psychologist, Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Previous academic positions

  • 2013-present: Research Fellow, School of Medicine, Cardiff University
  • 2008-2012: Trial Manager/Research Fellow, University of Bath
  • 2005-2008: Research Fellow, School of Psychology, Cardiff University
  • 2004-2005: Research Associate, School of Psychology, Cardiff University
  • 2000-2003: Teaching Assistant, University of Leeds
  • 1999-2000: Research Assistant, School of Psychology, Cardiff University

Speaking engagements

2017: Improving care and support for women with musculoskeletal conditions during pregnancy plannng, pregnancy and early parenting. STAR Family Stakeholder Event, Park Plaza, Cardiff. 

2016: Health Care Quality Research Group Meeting, Cardiff. The Journey to Parenthood for Women with Rheumatic Diseases.

2016: South West Society for Academic Primary Care Annual Conference, Cardiff. Qualitative process evaluation of the pilot phase of a randomised controlled trial of use of a C-reactive protein point of care test to help target antibiotic prescribing to patients with acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in primary care (the PACE study).

2015: Health Care Quality Research Group Meeting, Cardiff. Health literacy based interventions for people with multi-morbidity. 

2015: Stakeholder Engagement Event. Cardiff. Development of an MI based peer-support intervention for breastfeeding maintenance. 

University committees

  • 2015 - present: Member of the PRIME Centre Wales Operational Group

Undergraduate supervision:

  • CUROP 2016 - developing a health literacy-based intervention for people with multi-morbidity.
  • SSC 2017 - perinatal mental health service evaluation. 

PhD supervision:

  • Gladys Makuta, project to determine the feasibility of measuring bacterial load in exhaled breath of children with pneumonia and empyema using a novel point-of-care test.

As a Health Psychologist, I am interested in how the way that people think and behave can influence their health and well-being. My research focuses on finding ways to help people avoid becoming unwell in the first place, and to have a better quality of life or recover more quickly when they do become unwell.

I am especially interested in maternal and child health. I also have a more general interest in improving the quality of patient care, and in particular of using approaches that activate and engage with patients and carers to offer them more choice and control over their health and well-being. 

Research Interests

  • Maternal and child health
  • Long-term health problems (including pain, anxiety, and depression)
  • Development and evaluation of complex interventions in community and primary care settings
  • Health behaviour change
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Shared decision making

Current Projects

Previous Projects (Selected)