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International Links 2022-23

The teaching, visits and collaborations that took us around the globe
this academic year

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Drs Thompsen, Sandell Jacobsen and Ryom

September 2022 DECIPHer welcomed three Danish academics – Dr Knud Ryom and Dr Julie Sandell Jacobsen from Aaarhus University and Dr Louise Lund Thompsen from Aalborg University. Their visit ended with a research seminar in SPARK about their areas of work and opportunities for collaboration.

-Dr Ryomn presented on The Child-COOP Denmark: A Whole of Systems Approach to Promoting Children’s Health in Danish Communities.
-Dr Sandell Jacobsen presented MoveTheHip Trial: Comparing Exercise and Patient Education with Usual Care in the Treatment of Hip Dysplasia.
-Dr Thomsen presentedThe Process of a Qualitative Realist Evaluation.

DECIPHer hosted Devy Elling, a PhD student from Stockholm University. She presented on her PhD: Evaluating a multi-component prevention programme in Swedish workplaces: Challenges and lessons learnt. Read her blog here.

May 2023 – Dr Rhiannon Evans and Dr Honor Young visited Namibia to work on the pilot of the Namibian School Health Research Network (SHRN). Read more about their trip here.


September 2022 – Dr Yulia Shenderovich attended the The SVRI (Sexual Violence Research Initiative) annual conference in Cancun. Led by Mackenzie Martin, she presented Implementer Quality of Delivery and Experiences at Scale in Tanzania.

Dr Hayley Reed, Dr Rhiannon Evans and Prof Simon Murphy attended the European Society of Prevention Research Conference in Tallinn. They presented Co-production as an emerging methodology for developing school-based health and wellbeing interventions with secondary school stakeholders. Yulia also attended and presented on supporting families in challenged settings.

October 2022 – Dr Kelly Morgan attended the ISPAH (International Society for Physical Activity and Health) conference in Abu Dhabi. She presented Wales’ National Exercise Referral Scheme: Patient Referral, Uptake and adherence levels over ten years.

Dr Jemma Hawkins presented Five principles to guide co-created implementation collaboratives with three applied case study examples at the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration (SIRC) Conference in San Diego.

November 2022 – Dr Yulia Shenderovich attended the Conference of the International Association for Adolescent Health in Moldova, where she met with local colleagues to discuss plans for research on parenting programmes for families with adolescents.

Kelly in Abu Dhabi

January 2023 – Dr Yulia Shenderovich, Prof Graham Moore, Dr Rhiannon Evans and Bethan Pell attended the FLOURISH Project kick-off and workshop meeting in Vienna. They presented on co-production and process evaluation activities.

February 2023 – Dr Yulia Shenderovich presented Resources for parenting support & family mental health in the context of conflict at the Refugee Health: Policies and Practice course at McMaster University, Ontario.

June 2023 – Dr Kelly Morgan attended The International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) 22nd Annual Meeting in Uppsala, Sweden.

Bethan Pell attended the First International Symposia on Adolescent Organised Leisure Conference.


September 2022 – Dr Yulia Shenderovich contributed a free online course to the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) Pathways to Research Impact course, available internationally.

November 2022 – Dr Graham Moore and Dr Rhiannon Evans taught a short course on Process Evaluation of Complex Interventions for graduate students and researchers at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria.

Dr Rhiannon Evans and Dr Rachel Brown taught the course on Process Evaluation and Adaptation at Aalborg University, Denmark.

March 2023 – Dr Yulia Shenderovich gave the lecture Process evaluations in complex social and health interventions at the Medical University of Vienna.

May 2023 – Prof Graham Moore and Dr Jemma Hawkins taught a group of doctoral students at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, helping them apply methods led from Wales to diverse topic areas.

Dr Yulia Shenderovich taught a session on process evaluation and attended an international meeting for the “Strengthening Social Support Systems For Migrant and Refugee Adolescents In Secondary Education” (SURE) project, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain.

June 2023 – Prof Graham Moore and Dr Jemma Hawkins (with recorded contributions from Drs Rachel Brown, Britt Hallingberg and Rhiannon Evans) taught the Complex Interventions short course (annual hybrid short course for doctoral students based on our summer short course) at Karolinska Institute.

July 2023 – Graham Moore and Jemma Hawkins gave a workshop on developing and evaluating Digital Public Health interventions at the Summer School in Digital Public Health at the Early Career Researcher Academy in Bremen, Germany.

August 2023 – Dr Rachel Brown taught a bespoke Process Evaluation 1-day course for Monash University, Australia.


October 2022 – Dr Yulia Shenderovich was invited to be Academic Co-Lead for the Commonwealth Professional Fellowships hosted by the Phoenix Project.

Prof Graham Moore was invited to be part of a reference group for a new research school at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, as well as guest lecturer at residential retreats.

November 2022 – Dr Yulia Shenderovicha was invited to serve as a Peer Reviewer for the South Africa Medical Research Council grants.

February 2023 – Yulia contributed to WHO guidelines on parenting interventions to prevent maltreatment and enhance parent–child relationships with children aged 0–17 years.

June 2023 – Dr Rhiannon Evans was awarded The Churchill Fellowship, enabling her to travel to further her understanding of international innovation in suicide prevention among care-experienced children and young people. Read more about the award and her plans to carry out research in South Korea and the USA here.