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 Nicola Yeo

Nicola Yeo

PhD student



After gaining her BSc in Biomedical Science at UWE Bristol in 2014, Nicky joined the University of Exeter Medical School, where she completed an MSc in Environment and Human Health. Her Master’s thesis examined personal and environmental factors which influence symptom severity and likelihood of attack episodes in Ménière's Disease.

Nicky’s wide-ranging research interests include studying the salutogenic effects of nature on human health and wellbeing, with particular foci on coastal environments, mental health and socioeconomic inequalities. Away from work, she will usually be found surfing, kayaking, or walking along the Cornish coast.


  • 2014: BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science (1st class)
  • 2016: MSc Environment and Human Health (distinction)


Research interests

Nicky began a UEMS-funded PhD in October 2016, under the supervision of Dr Mat White, Dr Ruth Garside and Associate Prof. Sarah Dean. A component part of the pan-European BlueHealth project, Nicky’s PhD will bring relaxing blue spaces into health and social care settings via virtual reality technology. She aims to measure its effect on a range of psychological and physiological health and wellbeing outcomes.


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