University of Hertfordshire

Dr Neil Howlett BSc, MSc, PhD


Neil Howlett conducts research in the area of physical activity and behaviour change. Neil has expertise in behavioural science methodology including: designing, implementing, and evaluating interventions to change a range of health behaviours; evidence synthesis; tailoring health messaging in terms of framing, content, and imagery; broad knowledge of behaviour change theories; training a range of health professionals in behaviour change and communication skills; input into national public health behavioural science strategies. He is also principal investigator on both Department of Health-funded and Lottery-funded evaluations of a programme aimed at parents of children who are at risk of obesity for the charity HENRY. Additionally, Neil has helped in the design, implementation, and evaluation of the Sport England-funded Active Herts project. His role has involved adding evidence-based behaviour change techniques to the intervention content, training physical activity specialists, and adding key theoretical drivers of physical activity as outcome measures. Neil also sits on the executive committee of the Behavioural Science and Public Health Network which brings together those working across behavioural and social sciences, industry, and public health to network and collaborate on events, projects, and policy initiatives.



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