Current work and interests
Emma Lawlor is a Research Associate within the Prevention of Diabetes and Related Metabolic Disorders programme. She is undertaking the qualitative evaluation of the WRAP trial, which investigated the clinical and cost-effectiveness of referrals from primary care to open-group behavioural weight loss programmes. She will also develop and evaluate the GLOW study, an e-health weight management intervention for people with a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.
Background and experience
Emma completed her PhD in March 2018 at the Centre for Public Health, Queen’s University Belfast. Her PhD project focused on the development and evaluation of a community-based intervention promoting physical activity among older women living in disadvantaged areas.
Prior to that, Emma was awarded a BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy from the University of Ulster (2011) and an MSc in Public Health from Queen’s University Belfast (2012). Her MSc dissertation project explored the attitudes, awareness and training needs of government disability advisors regarding employment issues for clients with a cancer diagnosis.
Emma has also had the opportunity to work with Queen’s University Belfast on the PARC study, an investigation into the effect of a new urban greenway on the physical activity of local people. She has also recently assisted CEDAR with the qualitative evaluation of GoActive, a school-based physical activity intervention for children.