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Dr Kelly Morgan

Research Fellow, DECIPHer

School of Social Sciences

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I am a Research Fellow within the UKCRC Public Health Centre of Excellence for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer) at Cardiff University.

I obtained a Research Associate position within DECIPHer, School of Social Sciences in 2015, after completing my PhD in the School of Medicine at Swansea University. In 2016, I successfully obtained a secondment, as a Research Fellow, to Y Lab (Welsh for 'The Lab') which is the Public Services Innovation Lab for Wales, a partnership between Cardiff University, a Russell Group University, and Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation. Later that year, I was awarded a prestigious personal fellowship from Health and Care Research Wales.

Education and qualifications:

  • 2014 PhD Public Health, School of Medicine, Swansea University;
  • 2010 MSc (with distinction): Physical Activity and Health, University of Wales, Cardiff;
  • 2008 BSc (First class Hons): Sport and Physical Education, University of Wales, Cardiff

Career overview:

  • 2016-2019     HCRW funded Research Fellow, DECIPHer, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University;
  • 2016-2016     Research Fellow, Y Lab (Secondment), Cardiff University;
  • 2015-2016     Research Associate, DECIPHer, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University;
  • 2010-2015     Research Assistant, School of Medicine, Swansea University;
  • 2008 -2010    Hourly Paid lecturer. University of Wales Institute Cardiff

Honours and awards

  • Womenspire Finalist- Sport award, Chwarae Teg (2018)

Professional memberships

  • Sedentary lead for developing the Active Healthy Kids Wales 2018 Report Card








2008-2010 Undergraduate teaching at Cardiff Metropolitan University

  • Level 1-3 Applied Sports Principles and Techniques (lecturer)
  • Level 1-3 Games Applications (lecturer)

2017- Present

  • Health Improvement module of the Masters in Public Health, Cardiff University (lecturer)

I currently supervise one PhD student, and have supervised a number of undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations in the Schools of Medicine and Social Sciences.

I am interested in supervising research projects in areas including:

  • intervention development/evaluation methods;
  • routine data linkage studies;
  • obesity prevention methods;
  • child and adolescent health;
  • pregnancy and the early years

Research Funding

Current grants:

2016-2019 Morgan K (Fellow) & Moore G (supervisor) Health & Care Research Wales Post-doctoral Fellowship. £279,000

Past grants:

2017 Morgan K (Principle Investigator), Moore GF (co-PI), Hawkins, J., Littlecott, H., Long, S. & McConnon, L An evaluability assessment of the Food & Fitness School Holiday Enrichment Programme in Wales. WLGA. £49,718

2016-2017 Fletcher A, Morgan, K (Co-applicant) and Hawkins, J. A formative evaluation of a School-Holiday Enrichment Programme. WLGA. £50,000

2015-2016 Morgan K (Principal investigator), Fildes A and Darwent K. The CHARMING study: Choosing Active Role Models to INspire Girls. Cancer Research UK - Innovation Grant Application. £20,000

2010-2014 Morgan K (Supervisors Professor Sinead Brophy and Dr Rebecca Hill) Centre for Health Information and Evaluation Research (CHIRAL) PhD studentship. £42,000

Research Interests

With an overarching focus on public health research, my research interests fall into three broad themes:

The development and evaluation of complex public health interventions:

  • Principle investigator on the development of a school-based physical activity intervention (CHARMING study)
  • Principle investigator on the long-term evaluation of a National policy (National Exercise Referral Scheme in Wales)
  • Involved in the evaluation of two school-based interventions (School Holiday Enrichment Programme (Co-App) and The Activity Knowledge Circuit (Research Assistant))

 Utilising expertise of quantitative techniques and routine data linkage:

  • Lead author on high-impact papers using a well-established health-informatics platform
  • Lead researcher examining environmental influences on health and wellbeing with a particular focus on obesity prevention
  • Experienced in using routine data to evaluate healthcare provision and existing primary care interventions, at both the community and population level

 Improving child health and wellbeing:

  • Involved in the establishment of a prenatally recruited birth cohort study: Growing Up in Wales
  • Produced robust evidence for school, regional and national stakeholders (School Health Research Network)
  • Appreciation of the complexities involved in the measurement of physical activity (during pregnancy, infancy, childhood and adulthood)