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Dr Rachel Pechey

Dr Rachel Pechey

Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Behaviour and Health Research Unit at the Cambridge Institute of Public Health,

University of Cambridge


Biography:

Rachel joined the Behaviour and Health Research Unit (BHRU) at the Cambridge Institute of Public Health as a Research Associate in 2012. Her work involves a range of primary research projects and secondary data analyses, focusing primarily on investigating environmental factors influencing food choice and purchases of alcohol. In particular, she is interested in exploring socioeconomic differences in food choice, and identifying diet-related factors that may contribute to health inequalities.

Prior to this, Rachel studied Psychology with Mathematics at the University of Durham, and then completed her MSc in Social Science Research Methods and PhD at Cardiff University (where her thesis focused on investigating subclinical symptoms of psychosis (in particular, delusions) in the general population). Subsequently she became involved in obesity research at the University of Oxford, looking in particular at political and economic factors that have been implicated in rising global levels of obesity.

Keywords

  • health psychology
  • environmental factors influencing food choice and purchases of alcohol
  • obesity research
  • clinical and cognitive psychology