Optimising secondary prevention and quality of life in early cardiac rehabilitation (OSPREY - CR)
Gabbi is a part-time PhD student within PAWPH aiming to contribute to the cardiac rehabilitation knowledge by exploring reasons underpinning attendance to cardiac rehabilitation and the impact it has on health-related quality of life. This research adopts a mixed-methods, quasi-experimental, repeated measures design. The research produced by this PhD will begin to develop evidenced-based, theory-led interventions to facilitate longer-term health, whilst reflecting on best practice for designing interventions in collaboration with end-users.
Prior to her Phd, Gabbi joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2013 following the completion of her masters. She worked as a workplace Wellness Advisor delivering health screenings for university staff, developing and facilitating health and wellbeing workshops and training of new practitioners.
Since then, Gabbi has developed her professional skills as a researcher through the role of physical activity in the prevention and management of chronic disease. She has an interest in lifestyle behaviour change across a number of clinical populations. Gabbi's work has focused on a variety of long-term conditions, including cardiovascular disease and cancer. More specifically this has included, (i) qualitative research (ii) public health and physical activity evaluations (iii) design, delivery and implementation of physical activity referral schemes for people affected by cancer (iv) whole-systems approaches.
She graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology, with distinction. In her spare time, Gabbi is an exercise instructor and enjoys delivering classes in her community. She also is enthusiastic about cooking , exploring the outdoors and finding new places to drink coffee, eat delicious food and socialise with friends and family.
Potts, A., Shearn, K., Frith, G., & Christy, E. (2020). Working with Local People as Part of a Whole-systems Approach to Physical Activity: Reflections from Local Delivery Pilots. Perspectives in Public Health.
Reece, L., Frith, G., Roden, A., & Atchinson, R. (2017). Active for Health Rotherham; Be active to stay healthy. British Journal of Sports and Exercise Medicine.
Humphreys, L., Crank, H., Frith, G., Speake, H & Reece, R. (2017). Bright spots, physical activity investments that work: Active Everyday, Sheffield’s physical activity service for all people living with and beyond cancer. British Journal of Sports Medicine.