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Nikki Newhouse


Postdoctoral Researcher

Research interests

My primary research interest is in human-computer interaction, in particular the interdisciplinary development and evaluation of technology to support health and wellbeing across the lifespan. I use qualitative methods to explore how people use (and don't use) technology in the wild. I have particular interests in the quantified self movement and the application and potential of 'slow' and disruptive technologies.

My doctoral research at UCL explored the role of digital tools in supporting maternal wellbeing in the context of low risk first time pregnancy; this involved the critical interrogation of traditional paradigms of evidence and the application of novel methods to develop and evaluate person-centred digital resources. My thesis was passed with no corrections.

Current work

DECIDE: Technology-enabled remote monitoring.

SuMMiT-D: NIHR Programme Grant exploring the potential of text messages to support medication adherence in the context of living with type 2 diabetes. 

EDGE2: BRC longitudinal, in the wild investigation of the acceptability and implementation of a remote monitoring tool to improve outcomes for people with COPD.

Teaching and supervision

I have been involved in academic teaching across multi-disciplinary health care sciences for the past 10 years, teaching at undergraduate and post graduate level, mainly focusing on research methods for psychology and health care sciences. As a Junior Research Fellow at Kellogg College, I act as College Advisor to a number of students; I am an academic supervisor to EBHC MSc students; I work across disciplinary boundaries, often examining and working with Psychology or Computer Science DPhil students who are using qualitative methods.

Module coordinator and lead tutor - Foundations of Digital Health

Module coordinator and lead tutor - User Focused Design and the Lifecycle of Digital Health Innovation

Module coordinator and co-lead tutor - Qualitative Research Methods 

Deputy Director DPhil in Evidence-Based Health Care 

Tutor - Technological Innovation and Digital Health

Tutor - Advanced Qualitative Research Methods

I am also a qualified coach and CBT psychotherapist.