Dr Hannah Hartley

Senior Research Fellow


X: @HartleyHL

ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0439-4310


Hannah is an applied health researcher with a background in health psychology. She joined the team in January 2021 as a senior research fellow leading the Redeploy project (https://yqsr.org/redeploy-programme/). Redeploy is an 18 month programme of research funded by the NIHR Health Service and Delivery Research as part of the Covid Recovery Programme. It aims to understand the impact of redeployment during Covid-19 on nurse well-being, engagement and retention, with a view to informing policy and practice around future redeployment.

Hannah was awarded her BSc in Psychology from Edge Hill University, and completed her MRes in Psychology at the University of Manchester. Her PhD was obtained from the School of Healthcare at the University of Leeds. Hannah’s PhD project was a qualitative longitudinal study which aimed to identify and understand women’s physical activity and dietary health behaviours across pregnancy. Hannah integrated the qualitative findings of the project with the COM-B model and Theoretical Domains Framework (TDF) to inform future behaviour change intervention development and recommendations for policy and practice. Hannah’s PhD research led to her sitting as an advisor on the Leeds City Council Maternal Healthy Weight Steering Group, a position she held from 2017 – 2019. Prior to joining the YQSR team, Hannah has gained a breadth of research experience in different psychology and applied health settings. Most recently she completed a role as a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Sheffield where she contributed to the development of a complex digital intervention, currently being testing in a large RCT, which aimed to increase nutritional intake in people who have motor neuron disease.

Research interests

Hannah is a mixed methods researcher, who specialises in qualitative research. Hannah is passionate about research which has a real life impact. She has a particular interest in the application of health psychology theory and principles (such as the behaviour change wheel, COM-B model, TDF and BCTs) to health services research. This includes behaviour change and intervention development, particularly around weight-management, physical activity and dietary health behaviours. More broadly, Hannah is also interested in research related to improving health outcomes, clinical practice and patient experience.

Recent publications

Hartley, H., & Bolton, V, E. (2018). Navigating the NHS and HRA ethics and governance process: A worked example. Social Research Practice. 6(1) 27-29