Dr Rhiannon Evans
I am a Senior Lecturer in Social Science and Health based at DECIPHer (Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Public Health Interventions), a UKCRC Public Health Research Centre of Excellence. I am also an affiliated Senior Lecturer at CASCADE (Children's Social Care Research and Development Centre). I am currently a co-applicant and programme lead on the What Works Centre for Children's Social Care. The substantive focus of my research is the improvement of the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people, in addition to the prevention of self-harm and suicide. I have a particular interest in children and young people with additional risks, notable individuals who are care-experienced.
Since 2014 I have secured more than £8m in competitive grant funding.
- What Works Centre for Children's Social Care, Department for Education. 2017-2020, £4.8m.
- Centre for Population Health and Wellbeing Research (NCPHWR), Health and Social care Research Wales. 2018-2020, £1.5m.
- A cluster randomised controlled trial of an intervention to improve the mental health support and training available to secondary school teachers – the WISE (Wellbeing in Secondary Education) project, NIHR. £1.3m, 2015-2019.
- Self-HARm provision in Emergency Services (SHARES study). Children and young people's experience of short-term management and prevention provision following presentation for self-harm: Sytematic review and qualitative study, Health and Care Research Wales. £245,509, 2017-2019.
Adaptation of evidence-informed complex population health interventions for implementation and/or re-evalaution in new contexts, MRC. £320,261, 2018-2020.
- Self-harm, suicide ideation and suicidal behaviours in looked-after children and young people: Incidence, prevalence and prevention’, Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship NISCHR. £248,364, 2014-2017.
- Well-being and Health in Schools Project (WHISP): Phase 1, Wellcome Trust ISSF Public Health Collaboration Fund.£24,458, 2016-2017.
- Self-harm and Suicide in Children and Young People Research Collaboration, GW4. £56,720.94, 2016.
- Understanding the educational experiences and opinions, attainment, achievement and aspirations of looked after children in Wales’, Welsh Government. £30,957, 2015.
- Self-harm and Suicide in Children and Young People Research Collaboration, GW4, £4000, 2014.
- 2017- : Senior Lecturer, DECIPHer/CASCADE, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University
- 2015 - 2017: Research Fellow, DECIPHer/CASCADE, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University
- 2014 - 2015: Research Associate, DECIPHer, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University
- 2013 - 2014: Public Health Tutor (Lecturer Epidemiology), School of Medicine, Cardiff University
Education and Qualifications
- PhD in Social Sciences, Cardiff University
- MSc Social Science Research Methods, Cardiff University
- MSc Public Policy, University of Bristol
- BA Hons Philosophy, Politics and Economics, University of Oxford
Honours and awards
2017: Learned Society of Wales Dillwyn Medal for Outstanding Early Career Researcher Contribution in Social Sciences, Education and Business.
2017: Social Research Award for Research Innovation - "Understanding the educational experiences and opinions, attainment, achievement and aspirations of looked after children in Wales"
Sociology of Health and Illness (3rd Year) (Module Convenor / Lecturer)
Equality and Diversity in Education and Work (3rd Year) (Lecturer)
Experiments in Knowing (3rd Year) (Lecturer)
Childhood, Youth and Policy, MSc Childhood and Youth (Module Convenor / Lecturer)
Professional Doctorate (Lecturer)
MA Social Work: Dissertation Supervisor and Assessor
Masters in Public Health (MPH): Dissertation Supervisor and Assessor
Hayley Reed (ESRC 1+3) (2016- 2020)
Rachel Parker (ESRC 1+3) (2016-2020)
Stephen Jennings (Health and Care Research Wales) (2016-2019)
Elen De Lacy (DECIPHer) (2015-2018)
DECIPHer Short Courses
Developing Complex Public Health Interventions
Process Evaluation of Public Health Interventions (Convenor)
Process Evaluation of Public Health Interventions, University of Galway (University of Berkley Initiative for Transparancy in the Social Sciences Scholarship)
Canadian Institute for Collaborative Learning Institute in Evaluation, PROPEL, University of Waterloo, Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions, Welsh Government.
Process Evaluation of Public Health Interventions, NIHR Research Design Service
Process Evaluation of Public Health Interventions, HSC Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland
Developing and Evalauting Complex Interventions, Welsh Government
My research interests include:
- Children and young people
- Mental health, social and emotional learning, and wellbeing
- Self-harm and suicide
- School-based intervention
- Development and evaluation of complex interventions
- Process evaluation and implementation science