In the last couple of months, we’ve welcomed three new members of staff to the Cardiff DECIPHer office, to work on a variety of new projects and develop DECIPHer’s collaborations. Here, they tell us a bit about their backgrounds, research interests, and what they’ll be doing at DECIPHer.
Kim Madden has joined DECIPHer as a research associate, and with funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Public Health Research Programme (PHR) will be working on the ASSIST+Frank study. Based part-time here at Museum Place, and part-time at South East Wales Trials Unit (SEWTU), Kim will be involved in adapting and piloting the ASSIST model of informal peer-led intervention delivery to the Talk to Frank drug prevention programme in UK secondary schools.
Kim previously worked at the University of South Wales on a variety of qualitative studies exploring children’s and young people’s understanding of, and attitudes towards, genetics and health. More recently she was involved in an exploratory study investigating recreational ketamine users’ experiences of ketamine bladder syndrome and associated healthcare service provision issues, and was also a trial manager for a randomised controlled trial of a device for female incontinence. Kim’s interests include using creative and novel methods, such as photography, art and film, with research participants.
For her PhD study at Swansea University, Kim employed online research methodologies to explore male non-participation in adult community learning within post-industrial communities of south Wales. Kim is very excited at the prospect of contributing to the development of a new intervention for young people and working with new colleagues at both DECIPHer and SEWTU.
Honor Young is a new research associate working both for PHIRN (the Public Health Improvement Research Network) and as a lecturer on the Q-STEP Programme. For PHIRN, Honor will be working on the development of new research proposals for the evaluation of complex interventions. She will also be involved in identifying research opportunities, developing partnerships within policy and practice, and contributing to the writing of funding applications.
Honor has a background in health psychology. Before working at Cardiff University, she was a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the National University of Ireland, Galway, working on the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Study. Honor’s postdoctoral and PhD research has used mixed methods to explore adolescent sexual risk-taking. Her research interests include adolescent sexual risk behaviours, youth participation in research design and data collection, and the application of quantitative methods in social science.
John Evans, as part of a SEWTU collaboration with DECIPHer, is working with the School Health Research Network team to create tailored regular feedback reports to schools on pupil health behaviours, using data from the WHO’s Health Behaviours in School-Aged Children (HBSC) survey. He can be found in DECIPHer every Monday interacting with the team on the information services requirements of the study.
John has established his career through an honours degree in Information Technology and an MSc in Health Information Management. He has worked for a number of private and public sector companies in information and project management roles before joining the University in 2007 as the Data Manager for the Cardiff Births Survey. Currently John is the Information Services Manager for SEWTU and has accomplished secondments with the Lean University and Planning Division while in post.
Note: The ASSIST+Frank project is funded by the National Institute for Health Research Public Health Research (NIHR PHR) Programme (12/3060/03). The views and opinions expressed therein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the NIHR PHR Programme or the Department of Health.