Rebecca Beeken

Dr Rebecca Beeken is a Senior Research Psychologist in the Health Behaviour Research Centre, at University College London. She obtained a first class honours degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Sheffield in 2005, and went on to complete an MSc in Psychological Research Methods in 2006. Rebecca completed her PhD at the University of Sheffield in 2009, where she was awarded an ESRC 1+3 studentship to explore the variables that impact health-related quality of life in cancer patients who have undergone haematopoietic stem cell transplants. Since joining the HBRC in 2009, Rebecca’s primary research interest has been the development and evaluation of lifestyle interventions, with a focus on behaviour change interventions for obesity. She currently works on a number of randomised controlled trials, including a series of Cancer Research UK funded studies on the benefits of lifestyle change for cancer survivors.  Other research interests include the psychological and biological consequences of weight loss, particularly the impact of weight change on cancer risk. Rebecca is also a board member of the charity Weight Concern, which aims to guide the development of more effective programs for the prevention and treatment of overweight and obesity.