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Katie Breheny

Post-doctoral launching fellow

Children, young people & families programme, Changing behaviour at population level theme, Efficient and equitable health systems theme

University of Bristol

Research Projects

Evaluation of the Digital Health Contact (DHC): an online, school-based health promotion, screening and population health intelligence intervention for children and young people. NIHR SPHR Public Health Practice Evaluation Scheme (PHPES)

Development and application of reporting guidelines for efficiency, equity and systems approaches. NIHR SPHR

Research Interests

Health economics and outcomes research

Katie's Academic Career Journey

Katie is a NIHR SPHR Post-doctoral Launching Fellow at the University of Bristol. Katie’s career journey has taken a meandering path between psychology, health economics, industry, and academia. She has been fortunate to have been supported by the NIHR, through the Research Methods Fellowship programme, Fellowship scheme, Research Design Service (RDS) and most recently the NIHR SPHR.

I think my career to-date has involved significant perseverance and hard work, but also fantastic opportunities arising at the right time, in the best environments and with the most supportive and talented colleagues.

Katie’s interest in research began whilst completing her Psychology A-level which inspired her to undertake an undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Kent. Her dissertation supervisor encouraged her to apply for a PhD and invited her to collaborate with Canterbury Christchurch University on an ESRC funded project, which contributed to her dissertation.

My supervisor’s encouragement undoubtably gave me the confidence to pursue further study and a research career

Katie had not previously considered higher degrees and felt that she needed further training to obtain a research post or PhD, so undertook an MSc in Research Methods in Psychology. She chose the University of Reading because of its MRI facilities and the flexibility of the course. It allowed her to explore new skills such as qualitative methods and neuroimaging. Ultimately, she decided that her interests did not lie in neuroimaging, but she valued the experience to explore this new technique. Read More


  • 2020
  • NIHR SPHR Post-doctoral launching fellow
  • University of Bristol
  • 2018
  • Research Associate in Health Economics
  • University of Bristol
  • 2016
  • PhD in Applied Heath Research
  • University of Birmingham
  • 2015
  • Research Associate in Health Economics
  • University of Birmingham
  • 2013
  • MSc Health Economics & Health Policy
  • University of Birmingham
  • 2013
  • NIHR Research Methods Fellow
  • University of Birmingham
  • 2010
  • Outcomes Researcher
  • Oxford Outcomes
  • 2009
  • MSc Research Methods in Psychology
  • University of Reading
  • 2006
  • BSc Psychology
  • University of Kent


Breheny, K., Frew, E., Williams, I., Passmore, S. and Coast, J., (2020). Use of Economic Evidence When Prioritising Public Health Interventions in Schools: A Qualitative Study with School Staff. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(23), p.9077.

Breheny, K., Hollingworth, W., Kandiyali, R., Dixon, P., Loose, A., Craggs, P., Grzeda, M., & Sparrow, J. (2020). Assessing the construct validity and responsiveness of Preference Based Measures (PBMs) in cataract surgery patients. Quality of Life Research.

Breheny, K., Passmore, S., Adab, P. et al. Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of The Daily Mile on childhood weight outcomes and wellbeing: a cluster randomised controlled trial. Int J Obes 44, 812–822 (2020).


Assessing the construct validity and responsiveness of Preference Based Measures (PBMs) in cataract surgery patients. Breheny, K., Hollingworth, W., Kandiyali, R., Dixon, P., Grzeda, M., Sparrow, J. Accepted at EuHEA 2020.

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