Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Dr Lucia Rehackova

Research Associate

Background

@LRehackova 

Qualifications‌‌

  • PhD in Health Psychology, Newcastle University, UK (2011 - 2017)
  • MSc. in Health Psychology, Leiden University, Netherlands (2009-2011)
  • Bc. in Psychology, Comenius University, Slovakia (2006-2009)


Current role and responsibilities as a Research Associate

  • Conducting a process evaluation of a novel diabetes remission intervention delivered in Primary Care practices across Tyneside and Scotland (DiRECT study).
  • Interviewing patients and healthcare professionals about their experience with the intervention, its implementation, and behaviour change over time
  • Creating good rapport with patients and staff at the practices
  • Complying with Good Clinical Practice at all times
  • Designing questionnaires and EMA (ecological momentary assessment) syrveys
  • Collecting and analysing qualitative and quantitative data
  • Disseminating findings through conferences and publications
Previous role as a research assistant
  • Providing consultancy and leading on the development of an intervention to support midwives` implementation of NICE maternal obesity and weight management guidelines.
  • Using a transparent and replicable approach to intervention development
  • Developing new collaborations
  • Disseminating results via conferences and a publications


Research

I am primarily interested in development and evaluation of behaviour change interventions for weight management, and I am also interested in sustainability research.

My research is mostly applied and includes working with patients, healthcare professionals and the general public, employing a range of methods and methodologies (interviews, focus groups, surveys, systematic reviews, ecological momentary assessment studies).

I am currently conducting a mixed-methods process evaluation of a DIabetes REmission Clinical Trial (DiRECT) funded by Diabetes UK. This work includes longitudinal patient interviews, questionnaires, and ecological momentary assessments; and healthcare professional interviews and questionnaires, in order to determine acceptability of very low energy diets for diabetes remission in the context of primary care practices across Scotland and Tyneside. 


Teaching

I have obtained the Certificate in Advanced Studies in Academic Practice Descriptor 1 level (CASAP) in 2014 and have taught on the following modules:

"Medicine in community" for Stage 1& 2 medical students

"Personal and professional development" (unit Communication skils and unit Critical appraisal) for Stage 1& 2 medical students

"Obesity case study" seminar



Publications