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Dr Nina Gobat

Research Associate

+44 (0)7913 416 907
5th floor, Neuadd Meirionnydd, Ysbyty Athrofaol Cymru, Parc y Mynydd Bychan, Caerdydd, CF14 4YS


I am a post-doctoral research fellow with an interest in the behaviour and motivation of people, as individuals and collectively, and in the development and evaluation of complex interventions. My research focuses on public health and healthcare initiatives and covers a range of areas including pandemic clinical research preparedness, patient and public engagement, motivation and communication. Human beings behave in complex ways. Objectively their behaviours may appear irrational, but there is often internal coherence to their choices and actions. Much of my work aims to better understand these choices and to develop ways of influencing change. 


I joined the Institute of Primary Care and Public Health as a doctoral student in 2008. My PhD research focused on agenda setting in long term conditions and examined the way in which communication skills help structure the conversation so patients and clinicians work in partnership. Prior to this I worked clinicially and in management or service development roles both in South Africa and for the NHS. My clinical experience is mostly in mental health and addiction treatment. I also provide teaching and supervision in behaviour change counselling and motivational interviewing to multi-disciplinary health professionals for a range of statutory and non-statutory organisations, as well as for research projects.



  • 2015 - present: Research Fellow, PRIME Centre Wales, Division of Polulation Medicine, Cardiff University
  • 2014-2015: Research Associate, WSPCR, Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Cardiff University
  • 2008-2014: Doctoral student, South East Wales Trials Unit, Cardiff University

Clinicial and management  

  • 2012: Comunication Specialist, Individual Suport Programme, Centre for Psychosocial and Disability Research, Cardiff University
  • 2006-2008: Service manager and practitioner: Early Intervention in Psychosis, North East London Foundation Trust, NHS
  • 2005-2006: Advanced practitioner: mental health services, North East London Mental Health Trust, NHS
  • 2003-2005: Advanced pratitioner: addiction treatment services, Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2000-2003: Senior Occupational Therapist, North East London Mental Health Trust
  • 1999-2000: Occupational Therapist, Psychiatric Day Unit, Cape Town, South Africa


  • 2005 - present: consultancy, training and supervision in Motivational Interviewing for multi-disciplincary clinicians and for research teams 


  • 2016: PRINCE2 Project management Foundation and Practitioner certification IXL Learning
  • 2014: PhD – Cochrane Institute of Primary Care and Public Health, Cardiff University, UK
  • 2010: Postgraduate Diploma in Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
  • 1998: BSc Occupational Therapy, University of Cape Town, South Africa 
  • 1994: BA Psychology and Drama, University of Cape Town, South Africa









  • Merlo, L. J. and Gobat, N. H. 2011. Psychiatric disorders. In: Naar-King, S. and Suarez, M. eds. Motivational interviewing with adolescents and young adults. Applications of motivational interviewing New York: Guilford Press, pp. 119-126.



See my webinar on behalf of PREPARE WP1 about our assessmet of ethical, administrative, regulatory and logistic (EARL) barriers to the rapid implementation of pandemic-relevant clinical research in Europe  here: https://www.glopid-r.org/clinical-trial-networks/resources/

An update of our work and the EARL toolkit is available on the PREPARE website, see here: https://www.prepare-europe.eu/About-us/Workpackages/Workpackage-1



  • Gobat N, Robling M, Sanders J, Paranjothy S. Wellcome Trust. Assessing fidelity to Motivational Interviewing in Public Health Interventions (MI_PHI). 2016. £23 005.00.
  • Gobat N, Evans R, McEwan K, Rollnick S, Murphy S, Robling M, Williams A. Wellcome Trust. Well-being and Health in Schools Project (WHISP): Phase 1. 2016. £23 088.00
  • Scholfield B, GobatN, Reed, H, Fletcher A. Wellcome Trust. Research literacy for the Welsh Baccalaureate: a scoping study. 2016. £18 552.50.
  • Murphy S, Rollnick S, Hawkins J, Gobat N, Hickman M, Wagner C. Medial Research Council (MRC), Public Health Intervention Development (PHIND). GMI_ALC: Developing a teacher training programme for a Group Motivational Interviewing intervention to prevent alcohol misuse in secondary schools. 2015-2016. £143 952.


  • ENGAGE, RCT a 14-week physical activity intervention compared to a social contact control intervention (qualitative researcher)
  • Building Blocks, a randomised controlled trials evaluating the effectiveness of the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP), an intensive home visiting service, added to the care usually provided through primary care, public health and social services to first-time mothers under 19 years of age in England (qualitative researcher)
  • GROMIT: intervention development of group motivational interviewing to promote emotional and physical health in school pupils (process evaluation)
  • WILMA Weight Loss Maintenance in Adults, (intervention delivery and training)
  • DEPICTED, a cluster randomized controlled trial of the effect of the Talking Diabetes consulting skills intervention on glycaemic control and quality of life in children with type 1 diabetes. (process evaluation).


Past projects