Ria has worked across different areas of health research using mixed methods approaches. She has experience of conducting process evaluations for various health promotion and relapse prevention interventions, including Beating Bipolar (an online psychoeducation intervention for people with bipolar disorder), Bipolar Education Programme Cymru (a group-based psychoeducation programme) and the Building Blocks Study (mapping services available to first-time pregnant teenagers in England to inform the RCT). At present, Ria is the Trial Manager for the Filter FE Project – a pilot trial and process evaluation of a multi-level smoking prevention intervention in further education settings. She has also conducted large-scale qualitative research into service-users’ experiences of out-of-hours primary care services in the UK, and a Delphi study of injecting drug-users experiences of the “rush” phenomenon at the Community Addictions Unit at Cardiff.
Research interests include: behaviour change, complex interventions, motivational interviewing, mixed methods, relapse prevention, addictions, sexual health, mental health, public health, health promotion, mindfulness, wellbeing, psychoeducation