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Honor Young

Dr Honor Young

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

+44 29225 10085
sbarc|spark, Room 2.04 1-3 Museum Place / 1.11 Glamorgan Building, Maindy Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ
Available for postgraduate supervision


I joined Cardiff University's School of Social Sciences and the Centre for the Development, Evaluation, Complexity and Implementation in Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer) in February 2014. I began as a lecturer in quantitative research methods and was promoted to senior lecturer in 2019. I am also part of the Q-Step Programme, designed to promote a step-change in quantitative social science training in the UK. Before joining Cardiff University, I worked as Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the National University of Ireland, Galway working on the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Study.

Educated at Cardiff University (BSc Psychology), I am also a graduate of Cardiff Metropolitan University (PhD, PgCTHE and MSc Health Psychology). I am a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) and Trainee Health Psychologist for Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration. My academic background is in Psychology with specific focus on Health Psychology. My PhD and Post-Doctoral research used mixed methods to explore young people's attitudes towards sexual risk-taking and teenage pregnancy.

My main research interests are in the area of health psychology and public health. I am interested in the social determinants of young people's health, wellbeing and health behaviours and the development and evaluation of interventions to improve public health. In particular, my research interests include intervention in educational settings (e.g., schools and further education settings) especially relating to young people's sexual health, sexual risk-taking behaviour, relationships and sexuality education, dating and relationship violence and gender based violence (especially among sexual and gender minority youth). I am also interested in youth participation in all aspects of conducting research. In my current role, I am co-lead for the Healthy Settings and Organisations Programme of work within DECIPHer, and am scientific lead for the School Health Research Network (SHRN). 













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Research funding

1. 2020-2025 Wolfson Centre for Young People's Mental Health. Co-investigator (Principal investigators S Collishaw, F Rice, co-applicants A Thapar, A John, J Hall, M Owen, S Murphy, G Moore, J Hawkins & H Young). Wolfson Foundation, funded £10M

2. 2020-2025 Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer). Co-investigator (Principal investigator S Murphy, co-investigators J Bishop, R Evans, J Hawkins, G Moore, J Roberts, A Robinson, M Robling, J Segrott, J White & H Young). Health and Care Research Wales, funded £2.5M

3. 2020-2022 School-based interventions TO Prevent dating and relationship and gender-based violence (STOP-DRV-GBV): systematic review to understand characteristics, mechanisms, implementation and effectiveness. Co-investigator (Principal investigator G.J. Melendez-Torres, co-applicants V Berry, C Bonell, H Young, N Shaw, C Farmer, N Orr & E Rigby). NIHR, funded £236k

4. 2019-2020 Health Pathfinder Evaluation Specification. Co-investigator. (Principal investigator GJ Melendez-Torres, co-applicants A Robinson, R Evans, H Young, K Buckley, H Trickey, B Pell). SafeLives, funded £195k.

5. 2021-2023 (revised timeline due to COVID-19) Optimisation feasibility testing and a pilot randomised trial of SaFE: A sexual health and healthy relationships intervention for Further Education. Principal Investigator. (Co-investigators R Lewis, G Morgan, C Bonell, J White, GJ Melendez-Torres, F Lugg-Widger, J Townson, P Pallmann, J Madan.) NIHR PHR funded £511k

6. 2018-2019 Understanding outcomes for Welsh children who are placed in secure accommodation. Co-investigator (Principal Investigator A Williams, co-investigators S Long, M Elliot, J Lyttleton-Smith, R Evans, J Scourfield, D Forrester A Crowley J Statham). Social Care Wales, funded 100k.

7. 2017-2020 “The JACK Trial”: A multi-site cluster randomised trial of an interactive film-based intervention to reduce teenage pregnancy and promote positive sexual health. Cardiff Principal Investigator (Chief Investigator, M Lohan, co-investigators: A Aventin, L McDaid, C Bonell, R French, R Hunter, J Bailey, A Fletcher, M Clarke, L Dunlop, C Spence, C McDowell, L O’Hare, J White, M Traynor), National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), funded £1.7m

8. 2017-2018 Co-productive and feasibility study of Project Respect: a school based intervention to prevent dating and relationship violence and address health inequalities among young people. Coinvestigator (Principal Investigator C. Bonell, co-applicants R Campbell, C Barter, E Allen, D Elbourne, A Fletcher, F Jamal, J Hillier, H McNaughton Reyes, B Taylor), National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), funded £439k

9. 2016-2018 Optimisation, feasibility testing and pilot randomised trial of Positive Choices: a school based social marketing intervention to promote sexual health, prevent unintended teenage pregnancies and address health inequalities in England. Co-investigator (Principal Investigator C. Bonell, co-investigators E Allen, D Elbourne, C Mercer, R Campbell, A Fletcher, S Morris, M Lohan, G Hastings, A Hadley, J Hillier, M Carrera, K Coyle, C Wells):National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), funded £393k

10. 2016 An evaluation of the “Creating Connections” Self-Management Program – CUROP student placement. Principal investigator (co-investigator J Segrott) funded £1600

11. 2016 An evaluation of the development and early implementation of the “Creating Connections” self-management programme for young parents. Principal Investigator (co-investigator J Segrott). Public Health Wales, funded £5,000.

12. 2015-2017 Safe sex and relationships in FE (SaFE): mixed method, multi-case study to develop a comprehensive sexual health intervention for FE settings. Co-investigator (Principal Investigator A Fletcher, co-investigators C Bonell, R Lewis), Medical Research Council PHIND Scheme, funded 131k

13. 2015 The development of a comprehensive safe sex and relationships intervention in Further Education colleges – CUROP student placement. Principal investigator H Young (co-investigator A Fletcher) funded £1440

14. 2014-2015 GIRLS, SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND PLACE: Mapping the online and offline sexual harassment of young teen girls living in diverse communities. Co-investigator (Principal Investigator E. Renold), Cardiff University Seedcorn Funding (College fund to develop research applications), funded £4,872.

15. 2014 GIRLS, SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND PLACE: Mapping the online and offline sexual harassment of young teen girls living in marginalised communities. Co-investigator (Principal Investigator E. Renold), WISERD Research Development Funding Application, funded £2,781


2021/2022 Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching/supervision

  • Personal tutor to undergraudate students in Years 1, 2 and 3.
  • Year 1: Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics (Module convenor)
  • Year 1: Social Science and Social Issues (Module convenor)
  • Year 3: Experiments in Knowing (Module Convenor)
  • Year 3: Dissertation supervision
  • PhD supervision
  • MSc superivison
  • Academic misconduct co-ordinator

Previous teaching 2014-2021

  • Year 1: Introduction to Social Science Research
  • Year 2: Migration, 'Race' and Ethnic Relations
  • Year 2: Identity and Individual Differences
  • Masters in Social Work dissertation supervision
  • Social Science Research Methods dissertation supervision
  • Staff training and development monitor


Education and qualifications:

  • Present - Stage 2 Health Psychology Training for HCPC Registration 
  • 2014 - PhD Health Psychology and Health Sciences, Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • 2013 - PgCERT Teaching in Higher Education, Cardiff Metropolitan University,
  • 2009 - MSc Health Psychology, University of Wales,
  • 2008 - BSc Psychology, Cardiff University

Honours and awards

  • 2018 - Nominated for the Celebrating Excellence for Exceptional Enhancement of the Student Experience Awards.

Professional memberships

  • British Psychological Society (BPS),
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Academic positions

  • 2019 - present - Senior Lecturer, Cardiff University (Centre for Development, Evaluation, Complexity and Implementation in Public Health Improvement).
  • 2014-2019 - Lecturer, Cardiff University (Centre for Development, Evaluation, Complexity and Implementation inPublic Health Improvement).
  • 2013-2014 - Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, National Unviersity of Ireland, Galway (Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Survey).
  • 2012-2013 - Associate Health Psychology Tutor, Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Committees and reviewing

  • 2017 - Children and young people's subgroup of the Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Advisory Group
  • 2017 - Expert Advisory Group on Sex and Relationships Education (Welsh Government)


I currently supervise 3 PhD students and 2 Professional Doctorate students, and have supervised a number of undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations in the Schools of Medicine and Social Sciences.

I am interested in supervising research projects in areas including:

  • school-based health improvement intervention;
  • interventions to promote sexual health, prevent dating or gender based violence (epsecially among gender or sexual minority youth), or relating to relationships and sexuality education;
  • intervention development/evaluation methods