Dr Rhiannon Phillips

   Position: Reader in Health Psychology
   School: Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences
   E-mail: RPhillips2@cardiffmet.ac.uk
   Twitter: @Nannon_Phillips
   Telephone: +44 (0)29 2041 6893
   Room No: D3.13


  • Level 5 Year Tutor
  • Personal Tutor at Levels 5, 6, and 7
  • Module lead: L5 Health and well-being psychology
  • Module lead: L7 Understanding long-term conditions
  • Module team: L6 Clinical psychology I & II, L6 behaviour change, L6 dissertation supervision, L5 & L6 placement supervision
  • MSc Health Psychology dissertation supervision

PhD Supervision
  • Timothy Pickles, Rasch analysis in patient reported outcome measures for disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis (NIHR doctoral fellowship, co-supervisor)
  • Gladys Makuta, Breath analysis for diagnosis of pneumonia in children (funding: Gates foundation, co-supervisor)
  • Zoe Abbott, Co-production of pre-conception health for women with inflammatory arthritis (funding Health and Care Research Wales, co-supervisor)


  • Hallingberg, Britt; Williams, Denitza; Cannings-John, Rebecca; Hughes, Kathryn; Torrens-Burton, Anna; Gillespie, David; et al. (2021): Protocol for a longitudinal mixed-methods study of psychosocial determinants of health behaviour, health and well-being outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic: The UK COVID-19 Public Experiences (COPE) Study. Cardiff Metropolitan University. Preprint. https://doi.org/10.25401/cardiffmet.14184857.v1
  • Poortinga, W, Bird, N, Hallingberg, B, Phillips, R, Williams, D (2021). The role of perceived public and private green space in subjective health and wellbeing during and after the first peak of the COVID-19 outbreak, Landscape and Urban Planning, Volume 211, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2021.104092
  • Phillips, R., H. Stanton, A. Singh-Mehta, D. Gillespie, J. Bates, M. Gal, E. Thomas-Jones, R. Lowe, K. Hood, C. Llor, H. Melbye, J. Cals, P. White, C. Butler and N. Francis (2020). "C-reactive protein-guided antibiotic prescribing for COPD exacerbations: a qualitative evaluation." British Journal of General Practice 70 (696): e505-e513.
  • Young, C, Phillips, R, Ebenezer, L, Zutt, R, Peall, K (2020). Management of Parkinson’s disease during pregnancy: Literature review and multidisciplinary input. Movement Disorders Clinical Practice, 7(4), pp. 419-430.
  • Francis NA, Gillespie D, White P, Bates J, Lowe R, Sewell B, Phillips R, Stanton H, Kirby N, Wootton M, Thomas-Jones E, Hood K, Llor C, Cals J, Melbye H, Naik G, Gal M, Fitzsimmons D, Alam MF, Riga E, Cochrane A, Butler CC (2020). C-reactive protein point-of-care testing for safely reducing antibiotics for acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: the PACE RCT. Health Technol Assess; 24(15):1-108.
  • Pell, B, Williams, D, Phillips, R, Sanders, J, Edwards, A, Choy, E, Grant, A. (2020). Using visual timelines in telephone interviews: Reflections and lessons learned from the STAR Family Study. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 19, 1-11.
  • Butler, CC, Gillespie, D, White, P, Bates, J, Lowe, R, Thomas-Jones, E, Wootton, M, Hood, K, Phillips, R, et al. (2019). C-Reactive Protein testing to guide antibiotic prescribing for COPD exacerbations. New England Journal of Medicine. 381: 111-120
  • Beetham, H, Cole, D, Phillips, R, Wood, F, Broughton, H, Cono, A, Behrooz, B. (2019). Sparking interest in public health amongst future doctors to tackle our NHS sustainability crisis. MedEdPublish. 8. 10.15694/mep.2019.000196.1.
  • Williams, D, Webber, J, Pell, B, Grant, A, Sanders, J, Choy, E, Edwards, A, Taylor, A, Wu, MC, Phillips, R. (2019). “Nobody knows, or seems to know how rheumatology and breastfeeding works”: Women’s experiences of breastfeeding whilst managing a long-term limiting condition – A qualitative visual methods study. Midwifery, 78: 91-96. DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2019.08.002
  • Copeland, L.et al. 2019. The feasibility and acceptability of providing a novel breastfeeding peer-support intervention informed by Motivational Interviewing. Maternal and Child Nutrition 15(2), article number: e12703. (10.1111/mcn.12703)
  • Phillips, R.et al. 2018. Identifying the unmet information and support needs of women with autoimmune rheumatic diseases during pregnancy planning, pregnancy and early parenting: mixed-methods study. BMC Rheumatology 2, article number: 21. (10.1186/s41927-018-0029-4)
  • Phillips, R.et al. 2018. Reaching a consensus on research priorities for supporting women with autoimmune rheumatic diseases during pre-conception, pregnancy and early parenting: A Nominal Group Technique exercise with lay and professional stakeholders. Wellcome Open Research 3, article number: 75. (10.12688/wellcomeopenres.14658.1)
  • Phillips, R.et al. 2018. Development of a novel motivational interviewing (MI) informed peer-support intervention to support mothers to breastfeed for longer. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 18, article number: 90. (10.1186/s12884-018-1725-1)
  • Grant, A.et al. 2018. Availability of breastfeeding peer-support in the UK: a cross-sectional survey. Maternal and Child Nutrition 14(1), article number: e12476. (10.1111/mcn.12476)
  • Paranjothy, S.et al. 2017. A novel peer-support intervention using motivational interviewing for breastfeeding maintenance: a UK feasibility study. Health Technology Assessment 21(77) (10.3310/hta21770)
  • Bates, J.et al. 2017. General practitioner use of a C-reactive protein point-of-care test to help target antibiotic prescribing in patients with acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (the PACE study): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials 18, article number: 422. (10.1186/s13063-017-2144-8)
  • Grant, A.et al. 2017. The impact of inflammatory rheumatic diseases (such as arthritis and lupus) on transitions to motherhood: The STAR Family study. Presented at: British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2017, University of Manchester, UK, 4-7 April 2017.
  • Taylor, A. M.et al. 2016. Neural responses to a modified Stroop paradigm in patients with complex chronic musculoskeletal pain compared to matched controls: an experimental functional magnetic resonance imaging study. BMC Psychology 4(5), pp. 1-13. (10.1186/s40359-016-0109-4)
  • Stallard, P.et al. 2015. A cluster randomised controlled trial comparing the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a school-based cognitive-behavioural therapy programme (FRIENDS) in the reduction of anxiety and improvement in mood in children aged 9/10 years. Public Health Research 3(14) (10.3310/phr03140)
  • Taylor, A. M.et al. 2015. A functional magnetic resonance imaging study to investigate the utility of a picture imagination task in investigating neural responses in patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain to daily physical activity photographs. PLoS ONE 10(10), article number: e0141133. (10.1371/journal.pone.0141133)
  • Grant, A., Ashton, K. and Phillips, R. 2015. Foucault, surveillance, and carbon monoxide testing within stop-smoking services. Qualitative Health Research 25(7), pp. 912-922. (10.1177/1049732314553992)
  • Stallard, P.et al. 2015. Can school-based CBT programmes reduce anxiety in children? Results from the Preventing Anxiety in Children through Education in Schools (PACES) randomised controlled trial. European Psychiatry 30(S1), 190. (10.1016/S0924-9338(15)30152-8)
  • Anderson, R.et al. 2014. Cost-effectiveness of classroom-based cognitive behaviour therapy in reducing symptoms of depression in adolescents: a trial-based analysis. Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry 55(12), pp. 1390-1397. (10.1111/jcpp.12248)
  • Stallard, P.et al. 2014. Classroom-based cognitive behaviour therapy (FRIENDS): a cluster randomised controlled trial to Prevent Anxiety in Children through Education in Schools (PACES). Lancet Psychiatry 1(3), pp. 185-192. (10.1016/S2215-0366(14)70244-5)
  • Taylor, J. A.et al. 2014. A qualitative process evaluation of classroom-based cognitive behaviour therapy to reduce adolescent depression. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 11(6), pp. 5951-5969. (10.3390/ijerph110605951)
  • Stallard, P.et al. 2014. The prevention of anxiety in children through school-based interventions: study protocol for a 24-month follow-up of the PACES project. Trials 15, article number: 77. (10.1186/1745-6215-15-77)
  • Stallard, P.et al. 2013. Self-harm in young adolescents (12-16 years): onset and short-term continuation in a community sample. BMC Psychiatry 13, article number: 328. (10.1186/1471-244X-13-328)
  • Francis, N. A.et al. 2013. Parents' and clinicians' views of an interactive booklet about respiratory tract infections in children: a qualitative process evaluation of the EQUIP randomised controlled trial. BMC Family Practice 14(1), article number: 182. (10.1186/1471-2296-14-182)
  • Phillips, R.et al. 2013. Could a brief assessment of negative emotions and self-esteem identify adolescents at current and future risk of self-harm in the community? A prospective cohort analysis. BMC Public Health 13, article number: 604. (10.1186/1471-2458-13-604)
  • Stallard, P. and Buck, R. 2013. Preventing depression and promoting resilience: feasibility study of a school-based cognitive-behavioural intervention. British Journal of Psychiatry 202(s54), pp. s18. (10.1192/bjp.bp.112.119172)
  • Millings, A. et al. 2012. School connectedness, peer attachment, and self-esteem as predictors of adolescent depression. Journal of Adolescence 35(4), pp. 1061-1067. (10.1016/j.adolescence.2012.02.015)
  • Stallard, P. et al. 2012. Classroom based cognitive behavioural therapy in reducing symptoms of depression in high risk adolescents: pragmatic cluster randomised controlled trial. BMJ 345, article number: e6058. (10.1136/bmj.e6058)
  • Wynne-Jones, G.et al. 2011. Impacts on work performance; what matters 6 months on? Occupational Medicine 61(3), pp. 205-208. (10.1093/occmed/kqr005)
  • Stallard, P.et al. 2010. Protocol for a randomised controlled trial of a school based cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) intervention to prevent depression in high risk adolescents (PROMISE). Trials 11, article number: 114. (10.1186/1745-6215-11-114)
  • Wynne-Jones, G.et al. 2010. What happens to work if you're unwell? Beliefs and attitudes of managers and employees with musculoskeletal pain in a public sector setting. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation 21(1), pp. 31-42. (10.1007/s10926-010-9251-7)
  • Buck, R.et al. 2010. Common health problems, yellow flags and functioning in a community setting. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation 20(2), pp. 235-246. (10.1007/s10926-009-9228-6)
  • Wynne-Jones, G.et al. 2009. Impacts on work absence and performance: what really matters?. Occupational Medicine 59(8), pp. 556-562. (10.1093/occmed/kqp125)
  • Buck, R.et al. 2008. Health and well-being in work in Merthyr Tydfil: a bio-psychosocial appraoch. Wellbeing in Work Stage 2 Final Report to the Wales Centre for Health and the Welsh Assembly Government. Project Report. Wellbeing in Work Partnership.
  • Phillips, C.et al. 2008. Prioritising pain in policy making: the need for a whole systems perspective. Health Policy 88(2-3), pp. 166-175. (10.1016/j.healthpol.2008.03.008)
  • Buck, R. and Morley, S. 2006. A daily process design study of attentional pain control strategies in the self-management of cancer pain. European Journal of Pain 10(5), pp. 385. (10.1016/j.ejpain.2005.04.001)
  • Buck, R. 2004. Naturally occurring attentional strategies in the self-management of cancer pain. PhD Thesis, University of Leeds.

(NB: publications prior to 2011 are held under my maiden name, Buck)


Funding Awarded
  • COVID-19 public experiences in Wales: A longitudinal mixed-methods study of attitudes, beliefs, and behaviour in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Sêr Cymru, £127k, 2020-2021, Principal Investigator.
  • COVID-19 Public Experiences, Get Started Award, Cardiff Metropolitan University, 2020, £1,750. Principal Investigator.
  • Engaging and supporting women with Chronic Kidney Disease with pre-conception decision-making: A mixed-methods study. British Renal Society and Wales Kidney Research Unit, £79k, 2020-2021, Co- Principal Investigator.
  • CF PROSPER: Cystic Fibrosis Pregnancy Related Outcome data to Support PERsonal choices. Research for Patient and Public Benefit, Health and Care Research Wales. £228k. 2019-2021. Work package lead.
  • Patient-reported Outcome Measures for Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptom Severity: development of a computer adaptive test from an item bank using Rasch measurement theory (SOCRATES). Funding: £340k, NIHR Doctoral Fellowship for Timothy Pickles, supervisor.
  • Starting a family when you have inflammatory arthritis: can a co-production approach to creating pre-conception health improve the sustainability of NHS services? Funding: £66k, Health and Care Research Wales Health Studentship Award, 2018-2021. Principal Investigator.
  • Wales Centre for Primary and Emergency Care Research (PRIME Centre Wales). Health and Care Research Wales Centre Grant 2018-2020, £1.8M. Co-applicant.
  • Improving the health and quality of life of women with Rheumatic Diseases during family planning, pregnancy and early parenting: women and health professionals’ perspectives on needs and priorities. Wellcome Trust ISSF cross-disciplinary award 2015-2016. £20k. Principal Investigator.
  • A novel peer-support intervention using Motivational Interviewing for breastfeeding maintenance: a UK feasibility study. 2014-2017, NIHR HTA (13/18/05). £350k. Co-applicant; intervention development lead.
  • General Practitioner (GP) use of a C-Reactive Protein (CRP) Point of Care Test (POCT) to help target antibiotic prescribing to patients with Acute Exacerbations of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (AECOPD) who are most likely to benefit (The PACE Study, 2014-2017). NIHR HTA, £1.4m. Co-applicant; qualitative process evaluation lead.
  • A randomised controlled cluster trial comparing the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of a school based cognitive behaviour therapy programme (FRIENDS) in the reduction of anxiety and improvement in mood in children aged 9/10, 24 month follow-up (2013-2014). NIHR PHR. £308k, Co-applicant; trial management lead.
  • A randomised controlled cluster trial comparing the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of a school based cognitive behaviour therapy programme (FRIENDS) in the reduction of anxiety and improvement in mood in children aged 9/10 (2011-2014). NIHR PHR £1.165m. Co-applicant; trial management lead.
  • Imaging neural responses to pain related stimuli in patients with chronic non-malignant pain (CNMP) pre and post a pain management programme (2009-2011), Royal Collage of Anaesthetists, £59k, co-applicant.
  • Imaging neural responses to pain-related stimuli in chronic pain patients (2008-2009), Welsh Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, £16k, co-applicant.
  • Evaluation of the Occupational Health Physiotherapy Project pilot (2008-2009), £100k from the Welsh Assembly Government, co-applicant.
  • Well-being in Work (2005-2008), in collaboration with Keele and Swansea Universities, £349k from the Wales Centre for Health/Welsh Assembly Government. Co-Principal Investigator.

I act as a reviewer on a regular basis for the National Institute for Health Research Public Health Research, Research for Patient Benefit and Health Technology Assessment funding streams. I was a member of the review panel for the ESRC/MRC themed call on antimicrobial resistance in 2016.

I regularly peer-review articles for internationally recognised journals, including the British Journal of General Practice, International breastfeeding Journal, BMJ Open, EClinical Medicine, Patient Education and Counselling, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Mental health, and the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation.

Panel and committee membership
  • British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology Committee Research Lead (2021-2022)
  • Member of the Cardiff Metropolitan University Applied Psychology Research Ethics Panel (2019-present)
  • Member of UK Parliament and Welsh Government register of experts on COVID-19, (2020-present)
  • University and Colleges Union Cardiff Metropolitan University branch committee member (2020-present)
  • PRIME Centre Wales national operational group member (2015-2019)
  • Expert panel member for the WRISK project, which focuses on understanding and improving the communication of risk relating to pregnancy (2019)
  • Expert panel member for national review of health promotion interventions in schools led by the NIHR funded School for Public Health based at the Peninsula Medical School (2012-2013)
  • Royal College of General Practitioners Research Paper of the Year Award for the Butler et al. (2019) PACE Study NEJM article, Clinical Research category and Overall Winner.
  • Cardiff University Medic Star Awards (2017), PRIME Centre Wales, research team of the year winners.
  • Health and Care Research Wales (2017), STAR Family Study: Patient and Public Involvement award finalists.
  • Cardiff University Medic Star Awards (2016), PRIME Centre Wales research team of the year finalists.