Nikki Newhouse

digital health and wellbeing

Hello! I am a researcher in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford, where I work alongside a diverse multidisciplinary team drawn from the clinical trials, engineering, health psychology, computer science and medical communities. My primary research interest is in human-computer interaction, in particular the development and evaluation of complex digital interventions to support physical and psychological wellbeing across the lifespan. I use qualitative methods to explore how people use (and don’t use) technology in the wild. I have particular interests in the application and potential of ‘slow’ and disruptive technologies.

I work on a variety of projects, covering a range of health conditions and qualitative methodologies, including the development and evaluation of mHealth tools to support the self-management of type 2 diabetes by the general population in the UK. My approach is guided by my background in psychology, journalism and computer science and is human-centred and interdisciplinary in nature. I aim to develop pragmatic, light-touch digital tools that are grounded in user needs and values, which support the user in meeting key goals and which are pleasurable and easy to use.

I am also a qualified coach and CBT psychotherapist.