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Rebecca Johnson




Senior Research Fellow


WMS - Population Evidence and Technologies
University of Warwick
Tel: (+44) 02476575207

Research Interests

Rebecca's research interests lie in the intersection of public health practice, epidemiology and the social sciences. Her work sits in the field of Implementation Science, where she focusses on three areas of study: maximising benefits and minimising harms of health screening, the improvement of 'healthy lifestyles' (e.g. general wellbeing, physical activity and fruit and vegetable consumption); and knowledge mobilisation: the movement of research knowledge into active, practice-based use. Underpinning all these areas of research is the importance of how people and processes in health and healthcare systems interact and respond to context.

Rebecca is an internationally recognised educator and expert in mixed methods apporaches to health and social science research, with a particular focus on analytical integration and advanced mixed methods designs.

Rebecca leads the Mixed Methods for Health Research module with Dr Felicity Boardman .

In 2018, Rebecca was highly commended in the Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence (WATE), a university-wide scheme to recognise teaching that enhances and transforms the student learning experience. An example of one of her projects can be found here. She is a newly appointed Fellow of the Warwick International Higher Education Academy (WIHEA) , commencing her Fellowship in the 2018-2019 academic year.


Rebecca has worked at the University of Warwick since 2008, where she was a Research Assistant with the Royal College of Nursing Research Institute. She contributed to the validation of the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale (WEMWBS) for use with young people aged 13 to 16. Rebecca has worked with Coventry Local Authority and Public Health since 2010, collaborating on a large scale programme of work to understand and improve public mental health in Coventry. This programme was the precursor to the Coventry Health Improvement Programme (CHIP) which was the largest cross-organisational health programme of its kind undertaken by the Coventry Partnership. Rebecca completed her PhD by conducting a mixed methods analysis of the practicalities of public health practice and evaluation in CHIP, focusing on mental wellbeing outcomes and understanding the use of evidence in 'real-world' public health practice.

Currently, Rebecca is a Mixed Methods Senior Research Fellow within CLAHRC West Midlands. In this role, Rebecca's focus is on mapping knowledge mobilisation, synthesising qualitative and quantitative evidence to improve health outcomes for patients and the public, conducting systematic reviews, and consulting on research projects involving the integration of qualitative and quantitative data.

  • 2014 - PhD in Health Sciences, University of Warwick
  • 2008 - MPH, Masters in Public Health, University of Warwick
  • 2006 - BA in Sociology, University of Minnesota Duluth

Research Projects

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Post Graduate Supervision

  • 'Exploration of the factors associated with childhood obesity for ethnic groups in Coventry' Date of Completion:2017
  • 'Communication of benign biopsy results in breast cancer screening: how to inform best practice.' Date of Completion:2018

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