||DR REBECCA BEEKEN
Health psychology; Obesity and cancer; Weight control in adults; Health-related quality of life; Research design & trial management
Rebecca's research to date has focused on two areas within health psychology, obesity and cancer, alongside developing expertise in
trial methodology. Rebecca joined the Health Behaviour Research Centre in October 2009 to provide general research assistance to
Professor Jane Wardle, focusing primarily on early detection of cancer. She developed an interest in Professor Wardle's programme
of work on obesity, particularly in the obesity and cancer link, and took on management of an NPRI-funded randomised controlled trial
(RCT) of obesity in primary care (10TT Trial). In addition, she is now working on a pilot trial of a weight management programme for
overweight and obese persons with learning disabilities funded by the NIHR, a CR-UK study exploring the impact of weight loss on
colorectal cancer risk, and a trial of an exercise intervention in multiple myeloma patients.
Before joining the HBRC in 2009, Rebecca completed her PhD at the University of Sheffield. She was awarded an ESRC 1+3 studentship to
explore the variables that impact health-related quality of life in cancer patients who have undergone haematopoietic stem cell transplants.
Since joining the HBRC, Rebecca has also spent a year on secondment to the Medical Research Council, where she was a Research Design Service
Advisor and Clinical Trials Unit Co-ordinator, alongside setting up the RCT of obesity in primary care.
|2009 - Present
||Research Psychologist, University College London
|May 2010 - June 2011
||Seconded to a joint post at the Medical Research Council, as an NIHR Research Design Service Advisor and PRIMENT Clinical Trials Unit Research Co-ordinator.
2009 PhD in Health Psychology, University of Sheffield
2006 MSc in Psychological Research Methods, University of Sheffield
2005 BA (Dual Honours) in Psychology & Sociology, University of Sheffield
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