University of Hertfordshire

Dr Neil Howlett BSc, MSc, PhD

Overview

Neil Howlett conducts research in the area of physical activity and behaviour change. Neil has expertise in behaviour change methodology including: designing, implementing, and evaluating interventions to help individuals, communities, and populations change a range of health behaviours; evidence synthesis such as systematic reviews and meta-analyses; broad knowledge of behaviour change theories; training a range of health professionals in behaviour change and communication skills; input into national behavioural science strategies. He is principal investigator on Department of Health, Lottery, and Local Enterprise Partnership-funded grants with the charity HENRY, both evaluating volunteer-delivered parenting programmes and developing a new teenage programme focused on physical activity and eating behaviours. Additionally, Neil helped in the design, implementation, and evaluation of the Sport England-funded Active Herts project. Neil has been a successful lead or co-applicant on nearly £4 million of grants. Key current projects include the large NIHR-funded READY and PHIRST grants. READY is testing the effectiveness of exercise at different intensities as a treatment for young people living with depression. PHIRST is a responsive public health evaluation team working with a number of local authorities to evaluate how services such as drug and alcohol and a national exercise referral scheme have adapted to COVID-19. Neil also sits on the executive committee of the Behavioural Science and Public Health Network.

 

 

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