Dr Neil Howlett
Neil Howlett is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology and Sport Sciences at the University of Hertfordshire. His research focus is behavioural science, with particular expertise in predicting and changing physical activity. Neil’s PhD involved designing, implementing, and evaluating the community-based Active Herts programme using evidence-based behaviour change techniques and the COM-B model to help improve physical activity and wellbeing levels for inactive adults. He publishes in, and reviews for, journals across the spectrum of behavioural science. He is also leading both Department of Health and Lottery-funded evaluations of a programme aimed at parents of children who are at risk of obesity for the charity HENRY. Additionally, Neil is part of a research team running a large NIHR grant testing the feasibility of exercise as a treatment for young people living with depression. Neil’s role as treasurer (previously Conference Organiser) has involved sitting on the executive committee and playing a key role in launching the behavioural and social science strategy and regional behavioural science hubs.