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Dr Antonia Rich
Room GF/664
Royal Free Hospital
Tel: 0203 108 7597
  • Lecturer in Medical Education
  • UCL Medical School
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences

I am a Health Psychologist with a B.Sc. Psychology (First Class Honours) from Aston University, M.Sc. Health Psychology (Distinction) from UCL and Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology from City University. I am a Registered Health Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council.


I qualified as a Health Psychologist in 2009 and worked for several years in Public Health within the NHS, on a number of health promotion priorities including childhood obesity, sexual health and smoking cessation. I then moved to Australia, where I worked at the Sax Institute, a not-for-profit organisation which promotes the use of research evidence in health policy. I subsequently worked for Atlantis Healthcare Australia developing health behaviour change interventions.


In 2015 I returned to the UK and currently work at UCL as a Lecturer in the Medical School on a number of projects. This includes the recent large qualitative research study, funded by the General Medical Council (GMC), “Fair Training Pathways for All’. This study was commissioned by the GMC to further understand differential attainment in postgraduate medical training, specifically ethnic differences in attainment in UK graduates as well as international medical graduates. Over 137 participants, comprising both BME and White trainees and trainers took part in focus groups or interviews, investigating the personal training experiences of doctors in order to further understand and address differential attainment in medical education. The final report can be found here: http://www.gmc-uk.org/about/research/29485.asp


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Research Summary

I have research interests in a broad range of topics including:

Medical education, particularly junior doctors' work-life balance 

Behaviour change interventions

Health behaviours including obesity, smoking cessation, sexual health, treatment adherence

Self-management in long-term conditions

I enjoy mixed methods research and have experience in qualitative (e.g., interpretative phenomenological analysis, thematic analysis) and quantitative methods.

Teaching Summary

I have taught on a variety of topics at undergraduate and postgraduate level for Universities in the UK and Australia, on a range of subjects including health inequalities, biopsychosocial model of health, health psychology theoretical models of behaviour, obesity, smoking cessation, sexual health, self-management of long-term health conditions, treatment adherence and behaviour change interventions.

Academic Background
2009 DPSYCH Doctorate in Health Psychology – Health Psychology City University
2003 MSc Master of Science – Health Psychology University College London/King's College London
2000 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science – Psychology Aston University
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