Dr Rachel Crockett


Psychology University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Rachel Crockett

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About me

I completed my MSc (2002, funded by the MRC) and PhD (2008, funded by the Wellcome Trust) in Health Psychology at  King's College London. Before training in Psychology I had a background in health and social care. During my PhD I was seconded to the Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology at Westminster (funded by a Wellcome Trust POST Fellowship). I undertook postdoctoral research at King's College London on the impact of nutritional labelling on eating behaviour (funded by an NIHR personal postdoctoral fellowship). I subsequently worked in a number of University Psychology and Health Services Research Departments before taking up my lectureship at the University of Stirling


My research focuses on behaviour and health using a variety of research methods including systematic reviewing, epidemiological analyses, experimental investigations and qualitative studies. I have many years of experience of researching behaviour change in national and international populations including women, older adults and those living in more socially deprived areas. More recently, as a cancer survivor, my interest in behaviour change has evolved to to focus on individuals living with long term conditions and the role of behavioural self-management in promoting well being. Projects include:

Living Better with Breast Lymphoedema (The LIBBY Project).

Breast lymphoedema is a long-term consequence of conservative treatment for breast cancer. It leads to in swelling of the breast with potentially serious physical and psychological effects. It can be managed through a range of behaviours but is not well recognised and is poorly researched. I have been awarded one year’s research leave by Stirling University in 2024 to further develop this project in collaboration with the Forth Valley Lymphoedema Service.

Understanding Self-management of Lipoedema.

Lipoedema is a poorly understood condition affecting fat and connective tissue which results in accumulation of body fat particularly around the waist and in the legs. It mainly affects women and may develop or worsen at puberty, pregnancy and menopause. I work with patients and professional colleagues from health psychology, nursing and nutrition on research to better understand the condition and the self-management needs of patients.

Quality of Life of South African HIV Patients

Once HIV patients reach viral load suppression, they still have to live with, and manage, the long term psychological and physical consequences of the virus and it’s treatment. I currently supervise a PhD student investigating well-being in this population with colleagues based at both Walter Sisulu University in the Eastern Cape and Stirling University.

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Pina I, Mendham AE, Tomaz SA, Goedecke JH, Micklesfield LK, Brooks NE, Gallagher IJ, Crockett R, Dudchenko P & Hunter AM (2021) Intensity Matters for Musculoskeletal Health: A Cross-Sectional Study on Movement Behaviors of Older Adults from High-Income Scottish and Low-Income South African Communities. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (8), Art. No.: 4310. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18084310

Website Content

Crockett R (2020) Obesity and Covid-19: Tackling two global pandemics. University of Stirling Policy Blog [Blog post] 11.08.2020. https://policyblog.stir.ac.uk/2020/08/11/obesity-and-covid-19-tackling-two-global-pandemics/


Ojo O, Weldon SM, Thompson T, Crockett R & Wang X (2019) The Effect of Diabetes-Specific Enteral Nutrition Formula on Cardiometabolic Parameters in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomised Controlled Trials. Nutrients, 11 (8), Art. No.: 1905. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu11081905

Book Chapter

Crockett R, Stock J & Christides T (2017) Physical Activity and Healthy Eating. In: Docking R & Stock J (eds.) International Handbook of Positive Ageing. Routledge International Handbooks. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, pp. 135-148. https://www.routledgehandbooks.com/doi/10.4324/9781315678757; https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315678757


Crockett R, Sutton S, Walter FM, Clinch M, Marteau TM & Benson J (2011) Impact on decisions to start or continue medicines of providing information to patients about possible benefits and/or harms: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Medical Decision Making, 31 (5), pp. 767-777. https://doi.org/10.1177/0272989X11400420


Marteau TM, Munafo M, Aveyard P, Hill C, Whitwell S, Willis TA, Crockett R, Hollands GJ, Johnstone EC, Wright AJ, Prevost AT, Armstrong D, Sutton S & Kinmouth AL (2010) Trial Protocol: Using genotype to tailor prescribing of nicotine replacement therapy: A randomised controlled trial assessing impact of communication upon adherence. BMC Public Health, 10 (1), Art. No.: 680. https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-10-680



I am one of two co-ordinators of the MSc Qualitative Research Methods module and also contribute to teaching and dissertation supervision on the MSc in Health Psychology. I teach final year undergraduate students running an elective on the Psychology of Reading Fiction (Telling Tales) and supervise final-year dissertations.

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