Dr. Rhiannon Evans is a Reader in Social Science and Health, based at DECIPHer (Centre for Development, Evaluation, Complexity and Implementation in Public Health Improvement) which is a Public Health Research Centre of Excellence. As part of the Senior Management Team, she leads the programme work on 'Healthy Social Relationships' and is also the Social Science lead with responsibility for the remit of Teaching and Learning.
The substantive focus of Dr. Evans’ research is the improvement of the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people, in addition to the prevention of self-harm and suicide. She has a particular interest in key groups who experience disadvantage, notably those who are care-experienced. Her methodological expertise is in intervention adaptation, process evaluation, qualitative methods, and mixed method systematic reviews. Theoretically, Dr. Evans’ work is aligned with complex systems thinking and realist evaluation, with a particular interest in the application of social theory in public health research.