Kat is currently working as a Research Assistant on the ARC Community-based volunteering in response to COVID-19 (COV-VOL) study being led by the University of Kent.
She is also working as a Health Coach for the SPICES research study (Scaling-up Packages of Interventions for Cardiovascular disease prevention in selected sites in Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa). SPICES is an implementation science project also funded by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 research and innovation action and is a co-production research study working alongside several community partner organisations across Sussex.
The intervention will involve training volunteer health champions to deliver a risk assessment and motivational coaching to community peers. This intervention will assess CVD risk and will promote and plan healthy lifestyle changes through peer-to-peer support.
Once Kat's secondment is over she will rejoin the team conducting the PRODEMOS research study (the Prevention of Dementia using mobile phone applications). They’re using a smart phone app and health coaches to help middle-aged to elderly people sustain lifestyle behaviour change and reduce their risk of dementia. The aim of the project is to make an evidence-based dementia prevention strategy accessible to those at increased risk of dementia who are usually not reached by preventive medicine. PRODEMOS has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.