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Dr Jemma Hawkins

Dr Jemma Hawkins

Research Associate, Public Health Improvement Research Network, DECIPHer

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Email:
hawkinsj10@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5184
Location:
Room 2.04, 1-3 Museum Place, 1-3 Museum Place
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My research interests lie in the fields of health psychology and public health. Within this, I am interested in the social determinants of health, well-being and health behaviours and evaluation of interventions to improve or modify these. I have a particular interest in physical activity that is conducted in outdoor natural environments (sometimes referred to as $acirc; green exercise$acirc; ). My most recent research has focused on older populations and the health and well-being benefits of engagement in gardening activity. In my research I primarily use a range of psychosocial and physiological measures of health and well-being, and employ both quantitative and qualitative research techniques and analysis.

I am a newly appointed research associate with the Public Health Improvement Research Network (PHIRN) and my role involves developing and evaluating complex interventions in public health. I also hold an honorary contract with Public Health Wales for the evaluation of the use of activity monitors with participants of the National Exercise Referral Scheme. Previously I have worked as a research officer on a 2 year funded NISCHR study which expanded on the findings of my doctoral research related to the health and well-being benefits of allotment and community gardening activity in later life. Alongside my research I took on teaching responsibilities for both undergraduate and postgraduate level courses in the areas of health psychology, health sociology and research methods and statistics. Prior to this I worked for the NHS as a mental health practitioner, delivering brief therapeutic interventions to patients diagnosed with mild to moderate mental health problems. During this post I also took a lead role for mental health promotion within the community. I have also held several voluntary posts, including work for a youth project in Penarth and an outreach project for children with learning disabilities.

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My research interests lie in the fields of health psychology and public health. Within this, I am interested in the social determinants of health, well-being and health behaviours and evaluation of interventions to improve or modify these. I have a particular interest in physical activity that is conducted in outdoor natural environments (sometimes referred to as 'green exercise'). My most recent research has focused on older populations and the health and well-being benefits of engagement in gardening activity. In my research I primarily use a range of psychosocial and physiological measures of health and well-being, and employ both quantitative and qualitative research techniques and analysis.

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