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Dr Nikki Garner

PhD Graduate


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I work remotely and can be contacted at any time via email


I am Chartered Psychologist (BPS) and Health Psychologist registered with the HCPC. 

I am currently employed as a Research Fellow at the University of East Anglia and privately as an independant chartered psychologist.

As a mixed methods researcher (quantitative and qualitative), my areas of work focus around that of health psychology and behaviour change (especially in the fields of physical activity, healthy eating/nutrition and weight loss/management and control) to enhance healthy ageing across the life course. 

My interests surround intervention design, evaluation and analysis; raising the profile and importance of the translation of theory to practice (implementation science); and the teaching and training of facilitation (and associated) staff in client centred commuinication skills to enable successful conversations around behaviour change;  as well as providing support and strategies to enable all individuals to feel empowered to make thier own positive lifestyle choices.

I have been working in the field of diabetes for getting on for 2 decades, and have keen interests in the prevention and management of the condition in all its forms.


  • PhD – (University of Exeter Medical School - awarded 2023)
  • Doctorate in Health Psychology (C Psychol) – (British Psychological Society - awarded 2018)
  • MSc in Health Psychology with Distinction (University of Bedfordshire - awarded 2010)
  • BSc Psychology with Clinical (University of Kent - awarded 2006)


Research interests


My research centres on self-regulation, action and coping planning in a ‘pre-diabetes’ population on maintenance of health behaviours in a type 2 diabetes prevention intervention.  Particular interest is the content of behavioural goal specifications as part of a written action plan and how this content relates to weight loss.  My PhD at Exeter is under the supervision of Professor Colin Greaves (B'ham) and Dr Jane Smith


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