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Dr Nina Gobat

Research Associate

Yr Ysgol Meddygaeth

Email:
gobatnh@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)7913 416 907
Location:
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.

CAREER OVERVIEW

Academic

  • 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

Other

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

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • 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

2019

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2015

2014

2011

  • 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.

2010

NEWS

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

CURRENT PROJECTS

GRANT FUNDING

  • 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.

SELECTION OF PREVIOUS PROJECTS 

  • 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).

PREPARE conducts medical research in the event of an infectious disease outbreak. Results from PREPARE studies will inform medical professionals regarding diagnosis and treatment of patients with outbreak-related illness. PREPARE results will also inform public health agencies regarding decisions about how to prevent the spread of the disease. PREPARE has active clincial studies across Europe. To make sure our research is person-centred, accessible and relevant to future patients, we have set up a bespoke public panel to advise us on key aspects of study design and dissemination. In the event of an infectious disease outbreak, we would rapidly call on this panel to help us as we would need to set up studies as quickly as possible.

The panel meet quarterly in Cardiff and is coordinated by Nina Gobat, Angela Watkins and Micaela Gal. Based on this model, an additiona panel is being set up in Dublin and in Melbourne to advise PREPARE studies active in those regions.