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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.

The substantive focus of my research is the improvement of the health and well-being of children and young people. I am particularly interested in the development and evaluation of complex interventions aimed at increasing physical activity among both children and adults. I have experience of conducting research into the early years, examining the impacts of health and lifestyle during pregnancy on infant health. 

I am currently lead on the Health Improvement module for the Master's in Public Health within the School for Medicine.  


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 (lead and 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)