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Dr Hunter's research interests are in the development and evaluation of complex public health interventions for behaviour change at the community and population level.

Her research involves investigating the role of social networks, and the built and social environment for population level behaviour change. Most recently she was awarded a NIHR Career Development Fellowship to investigate the role of social network interventions for behaviour change involving collaborations with the University of Southern California, Harvard University, Yale University and the University of Cambridge.

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Dr Hunter has opportunities available to get involved in two core programmes of research

  • The role of social networks and network interventions for behavior change

  • Developing and investigating the public health impact of population level built and social environment interventions

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Research students

PhD Title: Investigating the mediators and moderators of physical activity behaviour change

Name: Jennifer Murray
Years of Study: 2014 - 2017
Country: Northern Ireland

PhD Title: The use of incentives to promote physical activity behaviour change in school-based interventions

Name: Rekesh Corepal
Years of Study: 2014 - 2017
Country: England

PhD Title: Using social networks to encourage teenagers to become more physically active

Name: Shannon Montgomery
Years of Study: 2015 - 2018
Country: Northern Ireland

PhD Title: Using social media to help us design better mass communication interventions for public health

Name: Niamh O’Kane
Years of Study: 2015 - 2018
Country: Northern Ireland

Research students

PhD Title: Parks and their impacts on physical activity of older adults

Name: Ruibing Kou
Years of Study: 2016 - 2019
Country: China

PhD Title: A multi-level approach to better understand the association between physical activity and cancer risk

Name: Kristian Mallon
Years of Study: 2016 - 2019
Country: Northern Ireland

PhD Title: Social networks and mental wellbeing

Name: Deborah Webster
Years of Study: 2017 - 2020
Country: Northern Ireland

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