Rachel joined the Behaviour and Health Research Unit (BHRU) at the Cambridge Institute of Public Health as a Research Associate in 2012. Prior to this, Rachel studied Psychology with Mathematics at the University of Durham, and then completed her MSc in Social Science Research Methods and PhD at Cardiff University (where her thesis focused on investigating subclinical symptoms of psychosis (in particular, delusions) in the general population). Subsequently she became involved in obesity research at the University of Oxford, looking in particular at political and economic factors that have been implicated in rising global levels of obesity.
Rachel’s work involves a range of primary research projects and secondary data analyses, focusing primarily on investigating environmental factors influencing food choice and purchases of alcohol. In particular, she is interested in exploring socioeconomic differences in food choice, and identifying diet-related factors that may contribute to health inequalities.
Nakamura, R., Pechey, R., Suhrcke, M., Jebb, S.A., & Marteau, T.M. (2014). Sales impact of displaying alcohol in end-of-aisle locations: an observational study. Social Science and Medicine, 108: 68-73
Nakamura, R., Suhrcke, M., Pechey, R., Morciano, M., Roland, M., & Marteau, T.M. (2014). Impact on alcohol purchasing of a ban on multi-buy promotions: a quasi-experimental evaluation comparing Scotland with England and Wales. Addiction, 109: 558-567
Pechey, R., Jebb, S.A., Kelly, M.P., Almiron-Roig, E., Conde, S., Nakamura, R., Shemilt, I., Suhrcke, M., & Marteau, T.M. (2013). Socioeconomic differences in purchases of more vs. less healthy foods and beverages: analysis of 25,000 British households in 2010. Social Science and Medicine, 92: 22-6
Pechey, R., Spiegelhalter, D., & Marteau, T.M. (2013). Impact of plain packaging of tobacco products on smoking in adults and children: an elicitation of international experts’ estimates. BMC Public Health, 13: 18
Pechey, R., & Halligan, P. (2012). The prevalence and correlates of anomalous experiences in a large non-clinical sample. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 85: 150-162
Pechey, R., & Halligan, P. (2011). The prevalence of delusion-like beliefs relative to sociocultural beliefs in the general population. Psychopathology, 44: 106-115
Offer, A., Pechey, R., & Ulijaszek, S. (2010). Obesity under affluence varies by welfare regimes: The effect of fast food, insecurity, and inequality. Economics and Human Biology, 8(3): 297-308