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Nikki Newhouse


Postdoctoral Researcher

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 and participatory design methods to explore how people use (and don't use) technology in the wild.

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.

Within NDPCHS, I contribute to a number of projects, namely an NIHR Programme Grant (SuMMiT-D), led by Prof Andrew Farmer, exploring the potential of text messages to support medication adherence in the context of living with type 2 diabetes. I am also the qualitative lead on work investigating the acceptability and implementation of a digital intervention to improve outcomes for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (EDGE2).

I also run the department's Qualitative Journal Club.

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. I contribute to modules on various MSc programmes, teaching Advanced Data Collection, Thematic Analysis, Critical Appraisal, Research Design, Communication Strategies and Codesign.  I am also a module coordinator on the upcoming MSc Applied Digital Health, and I am currently developing a curriculum to address key issues around User Focused Design and the Digital Health Lifecycle. In addition, I teach Interdisciplinary Approaches to Digital Health Development and Evaluation at UCL.

As of September 2021, I am undertaking therapist training with the Oxford Centre for Cognitive Therapy.