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 Yvonne Moriarty

Yvonne Moriarty

Research Associate – Trial Manager

Email:
moriartyy@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2068 7937
Location:
418H, 4th Floor, Neuadd Meirionnydd

I joined CTR (Centre for Trials Research), formally SEWTU (South East Wales Trials Unit), in July 2013. During my time here I have inputted into the delivery of a number of studies and trials including WILMA, HELP, PATCH, PUMA and GASP. My expertise lies in developing and evaluating complex health interventions, particularly those focused on behaviour change. I am heavily involved with the qualitative team at CTR and currently chair the qualitative academic group. We have monthly meetings where members present on their recent work. It’s a small, friendly and informal group. If you’re interested in coming along please get in touch!

I am currently working on the TAPERS feasability Trial and ABACus (Awareness & Beliefs About Cancer) Trial. The trial is now open to recruitment across South East Wales and South and West Yorkshire. ABACus is testing the effectiveness of an online health checker, delivered by trained lay advisors, on knowledge of cancer symptoms. We are also interested in looking at participants help seeking behaviour following completion of the health checker and will be following participants up at 2 weeks and 6 months post randomisation. A sample of participants will be recruited to take part in qualitative interviews to find out what they thought about the health checker and taking part in the trial.

Before joining CTR I was based in the Public Health team at the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol. My main role involved managing the Musical Pathways study which was evaluating the health, well-being and social inclusion of young offenders involved in a music intervention. The intervention was delivered in both custody and community settings across the South West and Wales and required participants to attend 6 sessions with professionally trained musicians with the aim of composing and recording their own music.

My research interests include:

  • Qualitative research methods
  • Process evaluation methods
  • Mental Health
  • Health inequalities
  • Vulnerable groups
  • Self-harm
  • Prison health
  • Young offenders
  • Behaviour change
  • Complex health interventions
  • Arts & Health

Education:

MSc Forensic Psychology, Glasgow Caledonian University, 2010

BSc (Hons) Psychology 2.1, University of Stirling, 2008

Career Overview:

2017 - Current: Research Associate, Center for Trials Research (Trial Management), Cardiff University

2013 - 2017: Research Assistant, Center for Trials Research (Qualitative), Cardiff University

2010 - 2013: Research Associate, Department of Health and Social Science (Public Health Team), University of the West of England, Bristol

Honours and awards

  • Alcohol Research UK Conference Grant, £300, March 2017 to attend International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services conference in Split, Croatia on 13th – 15th June 2017
  • Royal Society for Public Health: Arts & Health Award 2013 for 'Musical Pathways' in recognition of original and excellent contributions to research and knowledge exchange in the field of Arts and Health in Criminal Justice.

Professional memberships

  • British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • UK Society of Behavioural Medicine (UKSBM)
  • Society of Social Medicine (SSM)
  • European Public Health Association (EPHA)
  • Offender Health Research Network (OHRN)

Academic positions

April 2017 - Current: Research Associate, Center for Trials Research (Trial Management), Cardiff University

July 2013 - March 2017: Research Assistant, Center for Trials Research (Qualitative), Cardiff University

October 2010 - June 2013: Research Associate, Department of Health and Social Science (Public Health Team), University of the West of England, Bristol

Speaking engagements

Recent Conference Presentations:

Taylor, P., Robling, M. Moriarty, Y., Merridith, Z. and Playle, R. (Upcoming). Symposium: Groups for Alcohol-misusing Short-term Prisoners: the results of a randomised controlled trial. At 17th Annual meeting of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services, Split, Croatia, 13th - 15th June 2017

Moriarty, Y., McNamara, R., Robling, R., Meredith, Z., Playle, R. and Taylor, P. (2016). Contextual and personal factors impact on intervention delivery in the GASP (Groups for Alcohol-misusing Short-term Prisoners) trial. Oral presentation at: UK Society for Behavioural Medicine; 12th Annual Scientific Meeting – Complex interventions in a complex world: applications of Behavioural Medicine, Cardiff, UK, 1st - 2nd December 2016

Moriarty, Y., McNamara, R., Robling, M., Kissell, A., Playle, R. and Taylor, P. (2015). Developing a process evaluation model in the GASP (Groups for Alcohol-misusing Short-term Prisoners) trial. In: Trials, 16 (Suppl 2):P9. Poster presented at: 3rd International Clinical Trials Methodology Conference, Glasgow, UK. 16th - 17th November 2015   DOI:10.1186/1745-6215-16-S2-P9

Taylor, P., McNamara, R., John-Evans, H., Kissel, A., Mallows, L., Moriarty, Y., Warnock, H., Bagshaw, R., Plant, G., Playle, R., Robling, M. (2015). Symposium: Process evaluation in a randomised controlled trial of Groups for Alcohol-misusing Short-term Prisoners [GASP] Presented at: XV Annual meeting of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services, Manchester, UK, 16th – 18th June 2015

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I am currently teaching on the BSc Intercalated Epidemiology Research Methods module and also supervise dissertation students.

In the past I have taught on the following programmes:

  • MSc Public Health
  • BSc Criminology
  • BSc Social Work
  • BSc Psychology

Current Studies:

  • Treating Anxiety to PrevEnt Relapse in Schizophrenia (TAPERS) - Co-applicant (qualiative)
  • Awareness and Beliefs About Cancer (ABACus) 3 - Trial Manager
  • Paediatric early warning system - Utilisation and Mortality Avoidance (PUMA) - Qualitative

Completed studies:

  • Groups for Alcohol-misusing Short-term Prisoners (GASP) - Process evaulation
  • Painting Art Therapy to promote Child Health (PATCH) - Study manager/Qualitative
  • Healthy Eating and Lifestyle in Pregnancy (HELP) - Qualitative
  • WeIght Loss Maintenance in Adults (WILMA) - Qualitative/Data manager
  • Musical Pathways 

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