Becky graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2013 with a degree in Natural Sciences. She joined the Primary Care Unit in September 2015 to work as a Research Assistant looking at timely diagnosis of cancer before moving on to complete an MPhil in Public Health at the University of Cambridge in 2017. Her thesis examined the association between psychosocial factors and lifestyle behaviour change following intervention. Becky is supervised by Prof Simon Griffin and Dr Juliet Usher-Smith for her PhD.
The aim of Becky’s PhD is to better describe the development of type 2 diabetes in women with a history of gestational diabetes, and to identify primary care-based approaches that can be used to reduce the risk of developing diabetes in this population. This work is therefore being conducted with the view to develop interventions and recommendations, related to both postpartum glucose testing and promotion of a healthy lifestyle. Literature reviews and primary research using qualitative and quantitative approaches will be completed.
Dennison RA, Feldman AL, Usher-Smith JA, Griffin SJ. The association between psychosocial factors and change in lifestyle behaviour following lifestyle advice and information about cardiovascular disease risk. BMC Public Health. 2018;18(1):731.
Mills K, Emery J, Lantaff R, et al. Protocol for the MelaTools skin self-monitoring trial: a phase II randomised controlled trial of an intervention for primary care patients at higher risk of melanoma. BMJ Open. 2017;7(11):e017934.
Becky’s PhD is funded by an NIHR School for Primary Care Research (SPCR) Studentship in Primary Health Care.