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Dr Rhiannon Evans

Dr Rhiannon Evans

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Email
evansre8@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44(0) 29 2087 0099
Campuses
1.09, 1-3 Museum Place
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Overview

Overview

I am a Senior Lecturer in Social Science and Health, based at DECIPHer (Centre for Development, Evaluation, Complexity and Implementation in Public Health Improvement), a Public Health Research Centre of Excellence.

 As part of the Senior Management Team, I lead the programme work on 'Healthy Social Relationships'. I am also the Social Science lead and have responsibility for the remit of Teaching and Learning.

 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 key groups who experience disadvantage, notably those who are care-experienced. My methodological expertise is in intervention adaptation, process evaluation, qualitative methods and mixed method systematic reviews.

Theoretically, my work is aligned with complex systems thinking and realist evaluation, with a particular interest in the application of social theory in public health research.

Biography

Career

  • 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

  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy
  • 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

     

    Leadership and Academic Citizenship 

    Leadership Development 

    2020         Advanced Higher Education Transition to Leadership

    2015-16   Cardiff Futures Programme, Cardiff University 

    Institutional Leadership

    2020-       Healthy Relationship and Families Scientific Lead, DECIPHer, Cardiff University

    2018-       Social Science Lead / Teaching and Learning Lead, DECAF Management Team, DECIPHer Cardiff, Cardiff University

    2018-       Equality and Diversity Committee, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. DECIPHer Teaching and Learning Convenor, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University

    2017-       Management Team, What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care Research Centre, Cardiff University

    2016-       Member, Public Health Research Improvement Network (PHIRN) Partnership Board, Cardiff University

    2016         Chair, DECIPHer Research Development Group, DECIPHer Cardiff, Cardiff University

    2015         DECAF Management Team, DECIPHer Cardiff, Cardiff University

Honours and awards

Cardiff University Enriching Student Life Award: Personal Tutor of the Year (Nominated), 2020

Cardiff University Celebrating Excellence Award for Excellence in Research (Nominated), 2018

Journal of British Sociology of Education Outstanding Paper by Early Career Researcher (Nominated), 2018

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"

Publications

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Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching

Sociology of Health and Illness (3rd Year) (Module Convenor / Senior Lecturer)

Equality and Diversity in Education and Work (3rd Year) (Lecturer)

Experiments in Knowing (3rd Year) (Lecturer)

Postgraduate Teaching

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

PHD Supervision

Lorna Stabler (ESRC 1+3) (2019-2023)

Rachel Morris (ESRC) (2017-2020)

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

2017-     Convenor and Presenter, Process Evaluation of Public Health Interventions, DECIPHer, Cardiff University

2015-     Presenter, Process Evaluation of Public Health Interventions, DECIPHer, Cardiff University

2013-     Presenter, Development and Evaluation of Complex Public Health Interventions, DECIPHer, Cardiff University

National External DECIPHer Short Courses

2020      Co-Convenor and Presenter, Process Evaluation of Public Health Interventions, Welsh Government.

2019      Co-Convenor and Presenter, Process Evaluation of Public Health Interventions, Welsh Government.

2016      Co-Convenor and Presenter, Process Evaluation of Public Health Interventions, NIHR Research Design Service, King’s College London.

2016      Co-Convenor and Presenter, Process Evaluation of Public Health Interventions, HSC Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland

2016      Presenter, Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions, Welsh Government

International External DECIPHer Short Courses

2019      Presenter, Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions, University of Stellenbosch

2019      Presenter, Process Evaluation of Complex Interventions, University of Aalborg (Led from University of Aalborg)

2019      Presenter, Evaluation of Complex Interventions, University of Aarhus (Led from University of Aarhus)

2018      Presenter, Masterclass in Public Health Evaluation and Adaptation, University of Wageningen

2018      Convenor and Presenter, Process Evaluation of Public Health Interventions, University of Munich

2018      Convenor and Presenter, Process Evaluation of Public Health Interventions, University of Southern Denmark

2017      Convenor and Presenter, Process Evaluation of Public Health Interventions, University of Galway.

2015      Convenor and Presenter, Canadian Institute for Collaborative Learning Institute in Evaluation, PROPEL, University of Waterloo,

 My research interests include:

  • Children and young people
  • Mental health, social and emotional learning, and wellbeing
  • Self-harm and suicide
  • Domestic violence
  • School-based intervention
  • Family-based intervention, notably in care placements
  • Development, adaptation, evaluation and implementation of interventions
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Complex, mixed method systematic reviews

Research Funding (Infrastructure and Grants)

  • Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer), Heath and Care Research Wales, (£2.488,488), 2020-2025.
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Interventions for Care-experienced Children and Young People: Systematic review of intervention theories, process, effect and equity, NIHR PHR (£277, 789), 2020-2022
  • Family Recovery after Domestic Abuse (FReDA): A feasibility trial and nested process evaluation of a group based psychoeducational intervention for children exposed to domestic violence and abuse, NIHR PHR (£570,808), 2019-2021.
  • DECIPHer short course teaching Univeristy of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Newton Mobility Fund (£9,700), 2019.
  • HASTAG South Africa and Nepal, MRC Research to improve adolescent health in LMIC settings (£504, 247), 2019-2020.
  • British Academy Rising Star Impact Award, British Academy (£11, 500), 2019-2020., Research on Connecting Schools and Families. GW4 Building Communities Fund (£10,000), 2019.
  • Evaluation Health Pathfinder, SafeLives (£200k), 2019-2020.
  • The Transdisciplinary Research for the Improvement of Youth Mental Public Health (TRIUMPH) Network, UKRI, (£1.2m), 2018-2020.
  • Secure Futures. Social Care Wales (£100,000), 2018-2019.
  • Adaptation of evidence-informed complex population health interventions for implementation and/or re-evaluation in new contexts. MRC Methodology Research Programme, (£320,261), 2018-2020.
  • 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-evaluation 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.