Name: Dr Graham Moore
Age range: 30-35
Research institution: Cardiff University, Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer), School of Social Sciences
Research career length: 8 years
Previously funded by Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). As of October 2013, my post will be funded by an MRC Population Health Scientist Fellowship .
Location: Cardiff, Wales, UK
Brief summary of research: Evaluating policies and programmes to improve health behaviour (e.g. diet, smoking, physical activity) and public health, with a particular emphasis on their impacts on inequalities in health.
A-levels: Mathematics, English Literature
BSc in Psychology, UWE Bristol
MSc in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health, University of Bristol
MSc in Social Science Research Methods, Cardiff University
PhD in Public health, Cardiff University
Clinic assistant, ALSPAC study, University of Bristol
Research Assistant, Primary School Free Breakfast Trial, Cardiff University
PhD on the evaluation of a National Exercise
Referral Scheme, Cardiff University
Research Associate, Public Health Improvement Research Network, Cardiff University
Research Fellow, DECIPHer, Cardiff University
My first degree was…
I chose this because…
I didn’t really know what I wanted to do for a career until after my degree, but I thought that if I was going to study something for 3 years, it was important to choose something that would interest me. So I chose Psychology because I was interested in understanding human behaviour.
For my PhD I researched...
In 2007, the Welsh Government introduced a programme to help patients to do more exercise to improve their health. Patients were referred by a doctor or another health professional to a leisure centre. They were then guided through a 16-week exercise programme. My PhD involved interviewing people linked to the programme, including doctors, patients, exercise instructors and area coordinators. I also used records kept by people delivering the scheme to see what types of activities were offered, and what types of patients were more likely to enter or finish their programme. This helped us to understand how well the programme was delivered, who benefited from it and how it helped patients change their behaviour. This allowed us to provide recommendations to the Welsh Government on how to continue with the programme after the study.
My career aspirations are…
My main interest is in understanding what types of policies and programmes might help reduce the differences in health between people from richer or poorer backgrounds. I have recently obtained funding to conduct research in this area, looking at how policies and programmes to reduce smoking among young people have affected these inequalities.
I would recommend studying social science at university because…
Studying a social science degree allowed me to develop a rewarding career, where the work I do makes a difference to how policies to improve health are implemented in Wales. I now work as a researcher, studying policies and programmes intended to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Wales and beyond. This has included studying the effectiveness of a programme offering free school breakfasts in improving children’s diets. I also studied the effects of laws banning smoking in public places on the amount of secondhand (or ‘passive’) smoke that children breathe in. I am currently working on a project which aims to improve the methods used in evaluating policies and programmes to improve public health. I am also working on another study which is examining smoking in cars carrying children, to inform Welsh Government action on this issue. This work uses a lot of the skills and knowledge I learned during my Psychology degree, including knowledge of influences on human behaviour, statistics and research methods.
In my spare time...
I am a keen sportsman and regularly take part in cycling time trials, running races, triathlons and duathlons (like triathlons but without the swimming).