Dr Britt Hallingberg

Dr Britt Hallingberg

Research Associate, Community Trials, DECIPHer

School of Social Sciences

Email:
hallingbergbe@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0) 29 2087 9164
Location:
1.16, 1-3 Museum Place

I am a Research Associate with the UKCRC Public Health Centre of Excellence for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement [DECIPHer].

My research focuses on young people’s health and the ways in which both psychological and societal influences shape young people's health behaviours. I am particularly interested in understanding the determinants of substance use and opportunities for prevention as well as the role of organised leisure time activities (i.e. sports, extracurricular activities, scouts) in shaping the health of a population. To support my interdisciplinary approach I use mixed methods, although I am experienced predominantly in quantitative methods using longitudinal datasets and experimental designs.  I also have expertise in the methodological development of complex public health interventions. 

  • Secondment at Welsh Government as a Senior Research Officer for the Knowledge Analytical Services (2015)
  • Research Associate at DECIPHer, Cardiff University (2014 - present)
  • PhD School of Dentistry, Cardiff University (awarded 2015)
  • Social Science Research Methods (Criminology Pathway) MSc, Cardiff University (2010-2011)
  • Research Assistant within forensic psychiatry, School of Psychological Medicine (2009-2010)
  • Applied Psychology BSc, Cardiff University (2006-2010)

I have previously taught statistics and SPSS to psychology undergraduates, and the sociology of adolescent risk-taking behaviours to medical undergraduate students.

Guest lecturer for a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules for the School of Social Sciences and School of Medicine at Cardiff University.

Lead for DECIPHer’s short course on ‘Feasibility studies for Complex Public Health Interventions’, as well as lecturer on DECIPHer’s short course for ‘Evaluating Complex Public Health Interventions’ and ‘Process Evaluation of Complex Interventions’

Current Grants

  1. April 2018 - April 2020, £126,000. Primary schoolchildren’s exposure to e-cigarettes, tobacco smoke and perceived smoking norms in Wales: a mixed methods study. Moore, G., Macdonald, S., Segrott, J., Moore, L., Gray, L., Hallingberg, B. & Brown, R. CRUK Tobacco Action Group.
  2. January 2017 – April 2020, £462,488. ‘Impacts of e-cigarette regulation via the EU Tobacco Products Directive on young people’s use of ecigarettes: a natural experiment’. Moore, G., Murphy, S., Bauld, L., Mackintosh, A., Moore., L., Gray, L., Munafo, M., Hallingberg, B. National Institute of Health Research.
  3. October 2017 – May 2018, £2,500. Hallingberg, B. School of Social Sciences, Research Committee Funding, Cardiff University 

Previous Grants

  1. April 2018, €1,000. Hallingberg, B. Erasmus Staff Training Mobility Grant. Cardiff University.

My research interests fall into 3 broad themes

1. Young people’s participation in organised leisure time activities (OLTA) and associations with health outcomes and psychological development.

  • Lead author on publications assessing the relationship between OLTA and young people’s alcohol use.
  • Lead author on publications exploring the role of OLTA in shaping psychological characteristics and risk taking behaviours from a psychological developmental perspective.

2. Methodological development in the development and evaluation of complex public health interventions

  • Lead author on a systematic review of guidance for exploratory studies for complex public health interventions
  • Reviewer for Pilot and Feasibility studies
  • Statistical analyst for the PACERS study, a feasibility randomised controlled trial of the use of Physical ACtivity monitors in an exercise referral setting.
  • Lead for DECIPHer’s short course on ‘Feasibility studies for Complex Public Health Interventions’, as well as lecturer on DECIPHer’s short course for ‘Evaluating Complex Public Health Interventions’ and ‘Process Evaluation of Complex Interventions’

3. Substance use among young people

  • Co-Investigator on NIHR funded study on tobacco control legislation and the (de)normalisation of smoking
  • Co-Investigator on CRUK funded study on perceptions of e-cigarette use and smoking among primary school children
  • First author publications on young people’s substance use in Wales.