Britt Hallingberg

   Position: Senior Lecturer in Health and Wellbeing Psychology​
   School: Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences
   Telephone: +44 (0)29 2041 6443
   Room No: D3.12B

Teaching and Supervision

I am currently module lead for Evidence Based Practice, a postgraduate course for students completing a Masters degree in Research as well as Advance Practice. I am also module lead for Health Behaviour Change, a final year module for undergraduate students studying Psychology. I contribute to teaching on the following modules at undergraduate/postgraduate level: Health Psychology and Wellbeing, Qualitative Methods, Research Methods and Design, Introduction to Forensic Psychology, Developing Skills for a Career in Research, Professional Development.

I am currently supervising two students to the completion of doctorates and act as an advisor for additional three students. I am interested in applications for doctoral study in the above areas.

Qualifications and Awards

2021 Fellowship, Higher Education Authority

2015 PhD in Psychology and Public Health, School of Dentistry, Cardiff University

2010 MSc Social Science Research Methods (Criminology), School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University

2010 BSc Applied Psychology, Department of Psychology, Cardiff University

Research Interests/​Publications

I have three main areas of research: adolescent health and wellbeing, leisure and evaluation methodology.

  • My research on adolescent health and wellbeing focuses on how psychological and social factors shape adolescent health behvaiours, in particular substance use and physical activity.
  • My research on leisure focuses on how structured (e.g. extracurricular activities) and unstructured leisure contexts present among adolescents, to what extent they contribute to short- and long-term health behaviours and wellbeing outcomes as well as how they are shaped by inequalities. I work with international teams understanding how cultural differences in leisure opportunities present across societies and how they are supported by social policies.
  • Within evaluation methodology I am interested in complex interventions and how these are piloted as well as adapted from different contexts. Interventions that have technology-based components are also of particular interest. I have led and co-authored systematic reviews of guidance surrounding evaluation methodology as well as co-authored MRC guidance on adapting interventions to new contexts published in the British Medical Journal.

Selected Publications

  • Svacina, K., Hamrik, Z., Hallingberg, B., & Badura, P. (2022). I Have to do it, but I like it: The Sense of Enjoyment and Obligation in Adolescents’ Organized Leisure-Time Activities. Leisure Sciences, 1-20.
  • Moore, G., Campbell, M., Copeland, L., Craig, P., Movsisyan, A., Hoddinott, P., ... & Evans, R. (2021). Adapting interventions to new contexts—the ADAPT guidance. BMJ 2021;374:n1679
  • Hallingberg, B., Maynard, O. M., Bauld, L., Brown, R., Gray, L., Lowthian, E., ... & Moore, G. (2020). Have e-cigarettes renormalised or displaced youth smoking? Results of a segmented regression analysis of repeated cross sectional survey data in England, Scotland and Wales. Tobacco control, 29(2), 207-216.
  • Hallingberg, B., Turley, R., Segrott, J., Wight, D., Craig, P., Moore, L., ... & Moore, G. (2018). Exploratory studies to decide whether and how to proceed with full-scale evaluations of public health interventions: a systematic review of guidance. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 4(1), 1-12.
  • Hallingberg, B., Fletcher, A., Murphy, S., Morgan, K., Littlecott, H. J., Roberts, C., & Moore, G. F. (2016). Do stronger school smoking policies make a difference? Analysis of the health behaviour in school-aged children survey. The European Journal of Public Health, 26(6), 964-968.
  • Hallingberg, B., Van Goozen, S. H., & Moore, S. C. (2016). Characteristics associated with risk taking behaviours predict young people's participation in organised activities. Journal of Adolescence, 53, 189-194.
  • Hallingberg, B., Moore, S., Morgan, J., Bowen, K., & Van Goozen, S. H. (2015). Adolescent male hazardous drinking and participation in organised activities: Involvement in team sports is associated with less hazardous drinking in young offenders. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, 25(1), 28-41.


I joined Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2019 following employment at Cardiff University where I completed my PhD and worked as a Research Associate within the Centre for Development, Evaluation, Complexity and Implementation in Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer). Since 2020, I have been the Research and Innovation Lead for Public Health and Wellbeing research within Cardiff Metropolitan University, and the Networking lead for the Centre for Health, Activity and Wellbeing Research (CAWR). I hold an Honorary Research Associate position with Cardiff University and regularly contribute to doctoral teaching at Dalarna University in Sweden.

External Links

Strategic Theme lead for Healthy Lifestyles for the Welsh Institute of Physical Activity, Health and Sport (WIPAHS).

Wales team member of the WHO-collaborative Health Behaviour in School-age Children Survey.

Trustee of the Llanharan Community Development Project Ltd, a charity that aims to provide recreational services to a local community within Rhondda Cynon Taff.

Chair and lead the Public Health and Wellbeing Research and Innovation group at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Networking lead for the Centre for Health, Activity and Wellbeing Research (CAWR)

I stand as an expert panel member on a range of committees for Public Health Wales and local Health Boards.

Professional networking and Social Media

Twitter: @Bhallingberg

TedX Talk: TedX Talk

Full List of Publications: Google Scholar

Current and Previous Grants

  • Hallingberg, B. [PI], Phillips, R., Lewis, J., Ishrat, I., Stubbings, D. & Hewlett, P. Exploring the potential benefit of virtual reality to improve the experience, wellbeing and outcomes of people diagnosed with cancer in Wales. Macmillan (£95,661). 2022 -2024.
  • Dienes, K. [PI], Williams, S., Hallingberg, B., Phillips, R., Beeton, M., Blaxland, J. COVID-19 and common respiratory tract infection-related health behaviours: Development of community-based approaches to reducing the burden of RTIs in Wales. Wales Evidence Centre HCRW. (£78,986). 2022-2023
  • Isherwood, K. [PI], Hallingberg, B., Philips, R., Thomlinson, A. & Ward, J. Childhood Vaccinations: Stakeholder Experience Review. Public Health Wales (£19,938). 2022.
  • Phillips R [PI], Thomas-Jones E, Akbari A, Achfield-Watt P, Cannins-John R, Gillespie D, Hallingberg B, Hughes K, Perham N, Seage H, Torrens-Burton A, Williams D, Wood F. COVID-19 public experiences in Wales: A longitudinal mixed-methods study of attitudes, beliefs, and behaviour in response to the coronavirus pandemic (COPE Cymru). Ser Cymru, Welsh Government (£127,871) 2020 – 2021
  • Morgan K [PI], Hawkins J, Moore G, Hallingberg B, von Sluijs E, Charles J, Pickles T, Roberts J. Choosing Active Role Models to INspire Girls (CHARMING): a cluster randomised feasibility study of a school-based, community-linked programme to increase physical activity levels in 9-11 year old girls. Health and Care Research Wales (£249,830) 2020 – 2022
  • Macdonald S [PI], Moore G, Hallingberg B, Segrott J, Moore L, Gray L & Brown R. Primary schoolchildren’s exposure to e-cigarettes, tobacco smoke and perceived smoking norms in Wales: a mixed methods study. Cancer Research UK Tobacco Action Group (£126,000) 2018 -2020
  • ​Moore G [PI], Hallingberg B, Murphy, S, Bauld L, Mackintosh A, Moore L, Gray L, Munafo M. Impacts of e-cigarette regulation via the EU Tobacco Products Directive on young people’s use of e-cigarettes: a natural experiment. National Institute for Health Research (£462,488) 2017 – 2021