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 guidance and strategy documents; pragmatic evaluations in public health. He is principal investigator on Department of Health, Lottery, and Local Enterprise Partnership-funded grants with the charity HENRY, evaluating volunteer-delivered parenting programmes and developing a new teenage programme focused on physical activity and eating behaviours. Additionally, Neil co-led the design, implementation, and evaluation of the Sport England-funded Active Herts programme. Neil has been a successful lead or co-applicant on nearly £5 million of grants. A key current project is the NIHR-funded PHIRST grant. 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 is currently leading the PHIRST evaluation of COVID-19/Vaccine champions and community participatory action research programmes in Southampton. Neil is also a Trustee for the Behavioural Science and Public Health Network charity.

 

 

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