Areas of Expertise
Mental health, Policy and guidance, Research
Rhiannon is a Professor of Psychology & Public Mental Health at the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Population Health.
For the past 6 years she has lead the Community Wellbeing Evidence Programme of the UK’s What Works Centre for Wellbeing funded by the ESRC and she is a founding member of the Urban Design and Mental Health Group. She directs the research arm of the innovative Prosocial Place Research & Practice Programme. She conducts research demonstrating how places affect health and wellbeing and works directly with policy makers and practitioners to consider how research findings can be implemented through guidance and applied in practice.
Rhiannon supervises students at UG and PG levels, presents and publishes across disciplines. She is contributing to RIBA’s CPD this year focussing on issue of place equity. In recent years she has presented at the Urban Design Group, Place Alliance conferences and she sits on the organising committee of the annual Healthy Cities conferences. She has spoken at Wales’s National Regeneration summit and has published in the Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal on how places can contribute to individual and community wellbeing. She has interests in Child Friendly City movement and in the role of university facilities in supporting student mental health. Her research in this and more traditional areas of mental health and wellbeing is of international repute and she is a highly cited academic scholar.