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Dr Honor Young

Dr Honor Young

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

+44(0) 29 225 10085
Room 2.04, 1-3 Museum Place


I joined Cardiff University's School of Social Sciences and the Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Intervention for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer) in February 2014 where I am a lecturer in quantitative research methods. I am also part of the Q-Step Programme, designed to promote a step-change in quantitative social science training in the UK. Before joining Cardiff University, I worked as Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the National University of Ireland, Galway working on the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Study.

Educated at Cardiff University (BSc Psychology), I am also a graduate of Cardiff Metropolitan University (PhD, PgCTHE and MSc Health Psychology). My academic background is in Psychology with specific focus on Health Psychology. My PhD and Post-Doctoral research used mixed methods to explore young people's attitudes towards sexual risk-taking and teenage pregnancy. Currently, my research interests include young people's sexual health, sexual risk-taking behaviour and dating and relationship violence. I am also particularly interested in youth participation in research design.


Honours and awards

2014 - PhD Health Psychology and Health Sciences, Cardiff Metropolitan University,
2013 - PgCERT Teaching in Higher Education, Cardiff Metropolitan University,
2009 - MSc Health Psychology,
2008, University of Wales, - BSc Psychology, Cardiff University

Professional memberships

British Psychological Society (BPS),
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)











2018/2019 Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching/supervision

  • Personal tutor to undergraudate students in Years 1, 2 and 3.
  • Year 1: Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics (Module convenor)
  • Year 1: Social Science and Social Issues (Module convenor)
  • Year 2: Migration, 'Race' and Ethnic Relations
  • Year 3: Experiments in Knowing (Module Convenor)
  • Year 3: Dissertation supervision
  • PhD supervision
  • Unfair practice co-ordinator

Previous teaching 2014-2018

  • Year 1: Introduction to Social Science Research
  • Year 2: Identity and Individual Differences
  • Masters in Social Work dissertation supervision
  • Social Science Research Methods dissertation supervision
  • Staff training and development monitor

Research interests

My main research interests are in the area of health psychology and public health. I am interested in the social determinants of young people's health, wellbeing and health behaviours and the development and evaluation of interventions to improve public health. In particular, my research interests include intervention in educational settings (e.g., schools and further education) relating to young people's sexual health, sexual risk-taking behaviour and dating and relationship violence. I am also interested in youth participation in research design.

Research funding

1. 2018-2019 Understanding outcomes for Welsh children who are placed in secure accommodation. Co-investigator (Principal Investigator A Williams, co-investigators S Long, M Elliot, J Lyttleton-Smith, R Evans, J Scourfield, D Forrester A Crowley J Statham). Social Care Wales, funded 100k.

2. 2017-2020 “The JACK Trial”: A multi-site cluster randomised trial of an interactive film-based intervention to reduce teenage pregnancy and promote positive sexual health. Cardiff Principal Investigator (Chief Investigator, M Lohan, co-investigators: A Aventin, L McDaid, C Bonell, R French, R Hunter, J Bailey, A Fletcher, M Clarke, L Dunlop, C Spence, C McDowell, L O’Hare, J White, M Traynor), National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), funded £1.7m

3. 2017-2018 Co-productive and feasibility study of Project Respect: a school based intervention to prevent dating and relationship violence and address health inequalities among young people. Coinvestigator (Principal Investigator C. Bonell, co-applicants R Campbell, C Barter, E Allen, D Elbourne, A Fletcher, F Jamal, J Hillier, H McNaughton Reyes, B Taylor), National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), funded £439k

4. 2016-2018 Optimisation, feasibility testing and pilot randomised trial of Positive Choices: a school based social marketing intervention to promote sexual health, prevent unintended teenage pregnancies and address health inequalities in England. Co-investigator (Principal Investigator C. Bonell, co-investigators E Allen, D Elbourne, C Mercer, R Campbell, A Fletcher, S Morris, M Lohan, G Hastings, A Hadley, J Hillier, M Carrera, K Coyle, C Wells):National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), funded £393k

5. 2016 An evaluation of the “Creating Connections” Self-Management Program – CUROP student placement. Principal investigator (co-investigator J Segrott) funded £1600

6. 2016 An evaluation of the development and early implementation of the “Creating Connections” self-management programme for young parents. Principal Investigator (co-investigator J Segrott). Public Health Wales, funded £5,000.

7. 2015-2017 Safe sex and relationships in FE (SaFE): mixed method, multi-case study to develop a comprehensive sexual health intervention for FE settings. Co-investigator (Principal Investigator A Fletcher, co-investigators C Bonell, R Lewis), Medical Research Council PHIND Scheme, funded 131k

8. 2015 The development of a comprehensive safe sex and relationships intervention in Further Education colleges – CUROP student placement. Principal investigator H Young (co-investigator A Fletcher) funded £1440

9. 2014-2015 GIRLS, SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND PLACE: Mapping the online and offline sexual harassment of young teen girls living in diverse communities. Co-investigator (Principal Investigator E. Renold), Cardiff University Seedcorn Funding (College fund to develop research applications), funded £4,872.

10. 2014 GIRLS, SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND PLACE: Mapping the online and offline sexual harassment of young teen girls living in marginalised communities. Co-investigator (Principal Investigator E. Renold), WISERD Research Development Funding Application, funded £2,781