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Miss Daniella Watson BSc, MSc

Senior Research Assistant, PhD Student

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Maternal and Child Nutrition Interventions in sub-Saharan Africa - linking Global Health and Health Psychology.

I am a research assistant for the Global Health project “Improved Nutrition Preconception Pregnancy Post-Delivery (INPreP3)”, based in three countries in sub-Saharan Africa (Burkina Faso, Ghana, and South Africa). I support Prof Marie-Louise Newell and the team with scientific coordination of the six work packages and four international research teams.

My current research interest is around community stakeholder participation in designing and developing maternal and child nutrition interventions in sub-Saharan Africa. To capture this, we will be adapting creative qualitative methods, including a health economics based priority-setting engagement tool – Choosing Healthplans All Together (CHAT). This tool aims to empower stakeholders to prioritise maternal and child nutrition interventions within their communities.

I am also motivated to integrate Global Health and Health Psychology. My PhD is within the Global Health field, and I am training to become a HCPC registered Health Psychologist. I aim to apply behaviour change theory and methods to the global health research.

Between my degrees, I volunteered as a team leader on health projects in Rajasthan, India, and then in the US Virgin Islands, Caribbean as a base manager for a natural disaster relief charity.

Qualifications

BSc, Psychology, University of Southampton, 2015
MSc, Health Psychology, University of Bath, 2016

Present appointments

Senior Research Assistant, Human Development and Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton
PhD student, Human Development and Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton
Trainee Health Psychologist, British Psychological Society,

Research interests

Maternal and child nutrition, Global Health, Health Psychology

PhD title: A Bottom-up Approach to Maternal and Child Nutrition Interventions in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)
Supervisors: Dr Wendy Lawrence, Dr Kate Ward, Dr Sarah Kehoe, Professor Mary Barker
Funders: NIHR Biomedical Research Centre.

Improved Nutrition Preconception Pregnancy Post-Delivery (INPreP3) in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)

Department(s)

Human Development and Health

Miss Daniella Watson
Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, Building 85, Life Sciences Building, Highfield Campus, Southampton, SO171BJ

Room Number: SGH

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