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Hayley Reed  B.Sc. (Hons), M.A., M.Sc., PhD.

Mrs Hayley Reed B.Sc. (Hons), M.A., M.Sc., PhD.

Research Associate, DECIPHer

School of Social Sciences

+44 29208 79053
sbarc|spark, Room 1.15, 1-3 Museum Place, Maindy Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am a researcher undertaking a Health and Care Research Wales Health Fellowship at DECIPHer (the Centre for Development, Evaluation, Complexity and Implementation in Public Health Improvement) in the School of Social Sciences.

My research has a substantive focus on mental health and wellbeing, particularly for children and young people.  My current fellowship is investigating the need to identify and adapt global mental health programmes to Wales to address adolescent mental health issues.  

My methodological focuses are on co-producing, adapting and implementing school and family-based health interventions, with a particular focus on participatory and qualitative approaches. My PhD optimised and tested theory for the co-production of school-based health interventions to support other researchers and school stakeholders to be able develop health and wellbeing interventions. I also have a track record in the design, conduct and reporting of systematic reviews. 

I currently also lead/co-lead on research projects evaluating a Veteran family-based intervention and a Wellcome Trust Mental Health Data Prize project exploring the influences on school connectedness. I've recently worked on a National Institute of Health Research project, via the Public Health Responsive Studies Team based between Bristol and Cardiff University.  This project is evaluating the impact and implementation of a school-based intervention about ‘Mindset Teams’ in Scotland.



















Research Interests 

  • Children and young people
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • School-based intervention
  • Family-based intervention, notably in Veteran families. 
  • Co-production, adaptation, and implementation of interventions
  • Participatory and Qualitative research methods
  • Systematic reviews

Previous grants

  • 2022 - The Identification and Adaptation of an Effective Mental Health Intervention for Implementation with Welsh Secondary School Students aged 11-18 (£431,000)
  • 2022 - £40,000 Wellcome Trust Mental Health Data Prize project about the Secondary Data Analysis of School Health Research Network (SHRN) data to understand what influences school connectedness (£40,000) 
  • 2017 - Forces in Mind Trust - A Pragmatic Formative Evaluation of a Restorative Approaches Veteran and Families Service Project (£51.000)
  • 2016 - 1+3 ESRC Masters & PhD Doctor of Philosophy (Social Sciences) for project entitled Development of Methodological Guidance for the Co-production of Health and Social Care Interventions 
  • 2016 - Wellcome Trust (Institutional Strategic Support Fund Public Health Award) for Research literacy for the Welsh Baccalaureate: a scoping study. (£18,555)
  • 2015 - TGP Cymru - Evaluation of the Restorative Approaches Family Engagement Project (£20,000)
  • 2015 - ESRC engagement fund for a Mental Health Film Engaging Event for young people during the Festival of Social Science (£500).


I have Fellowship status with the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).  My current and recent teaching experience includes:

Developmental Psychology (Level 5) - I convened an on-line module for LEARN at Cardiff University for undergraduate students and those on the Pathway to a degree in Healthcare.

Research Methods and Policy (Level 6) – I have been a seminar tutor for four years running seminars face-to-face and on-line in the disciplines of Research Methods and Educational Policy.

Developing and Evaluating Interventions in Complex Social Systems (Level 7) – I have been a contributing lecturer to this module within the DECIPHer Research Centre since 2019.


Education and Qualifications:

  • 2017-2021  Doctor of Philosophy (Social Sciences) project entitled Development of Methodological Guidance for the Co-production of Health and Social Care Interventions
  • 2016- 2017 MSc. Social Science Research Methods, Distinction, Cardiff University
  • 2009-2012 MA. Childhood Studies, Distinction, Swansea University
  • 2003-2007 BSc. (Hons.) Psychology, Swansea University

Career overview:

  • 2021-Current- Post Doctoral Research Associate, DECIPHer, Cardiff University
  • 2016-2021 - 1+3 ESRC PhD Studentship
  • 2011-2017 - Involving Young People Research Officer, DECIPHer, Cardiff University

Academic positions

I have previously been a Trial Steering Group member for:

  • Feasibility study to evaluate the effectiveness of the Breakthrough Mentoring Scheme from 2013 - 2015.
  • Preventing Substance Misuse: Randomised Controlled Trial of the Strengthening Families 10-14 UK Programme from 2011 - 2016.
  • Preventing alcohol misuse in young people: An exploratory trial of the Kids, Adults Together (KAT) Programme from 2012 - 2014.


I am a supervisor and co-supervisor for undergraduate dissertation students in the School of Social Sciences.

I am interested in supervising masters and undergraduate students in the areas of:

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Co-production
  • Restorative Approaches
  • Family-based and School-based Interventions