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Dr Lucia Rehackova

Assistant Professor

Department: Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Lucia is an Assistant Professor in Health and Social Care Research in the Department of Nursing and Midwifery. She has twelve years of experience in development and evaluation of interventions aimed at supporting the health of people and the environment.

Her research spans the themes of health behaviours (eating, weight management, active travel), long-term conditions (type 2 diabetes), mental health (shared decision-making), sustainability (food-shopping, land use), and health policy (integrated care systems).

Lucia finished her PhD and the first few years of her postdoctoral studies at Newcastle University, where she led the multiple-method evaluation of a £2.5 million diabetes remission clinical trial known as DiRECT, amongst other projects related with active travel and food shopping. After this, she gained experience as a Knowledge Transfer Partnership Associate at Southampton University, where she supported the translation of an evidence-based weight management intervention into an app, currently used by the NHS. Before joining Northumbria University as a research fellow in 2022, she supported the evaluation of the Integrated Care Pioneers at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

At Northumbria, Lucia coordinates a co-production of a decision aid to support person-centred decision making about digital mental health support choices. She is interested in systems thinking, and the role of communities in supporting peoples’ wellbeing and sustainable development.

Lucia Rehackova

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Delivering the Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial (DiRECT) in primary care: Experiences of healthcare professionals, Rehackova, L., Taylor, R., Lean, M., Barnes, A., McCombie, L., Thom, G., Brosnahan, N., Leslie, W., Sniehotta, F. 1 Mar 2022, In: Diabetic Medicine
  • Participant experiences in the Diabetes REmission Clinical Trial (DiRECT), Rehackova, L., Rodrigues, A., Thom, G., Brosnahan, N., Barnes, A., McCombie, L., Leslie, W., Zhyzhneuskaya, S., Peters, C., Adamson, A., Lean, M., Taylor, R., Sniehotta, F. 1 Jan 2022, In: Diabetic Medicine
  • Durability of a primary care-led weight-management intervention for remission of type 2 diabetes: 2-year results of the DiRECT open-label, cluster-randomised trial., Lean, M., Leslie, W., Barnes, A., Brosnahan, N., Thom, G., McCombie, L., Peters, ., Zhyzhneuskaya, S., Al-Mrabeh, ., Hollingsworth, K., Rodrigues, A., Rehackova, L., Adamson, A., Sniehotta, F., Mathers, J., Ross, H., McIlvenna, Y., Welsh, P., Taylor, R. 1 May 2019, In: The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology
  • What does the UK public want farmland to look like?, Rust, N., Rehackova, L., Naab, F., Abrams, A., Hughes, C., Merkle, B., Clark, B., Tindale, S. 1 Jul 2021, In: Land Use Policy
  • Efficacy of behavioural interventions for transport behaviour change: systematic review, meta-analysis and intervention coding, Rehackova, L. Dec 2014, In: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
  • Efficacy and acceptability of very low energy diets in overweight and obese people with Type 2 diabetes mellitus: a systematic review with meta‐analyses, Rehackova, L. May 2016, In: Diabetic Medicine
  • Acceptability of a very‐low‐energy diet in Type 2 diabetes: patient experiences and behaviour regulation, Rehackova, L. Nov 2017, In: Diabetic Medicine
  • Behaviour change during dietary Type 2 diabetes remission: a longitudinal qualitative evaluation of an intervention using a very low energy diet, Rehackova, L. Jun 2020, In: Diabetic Medicine
  • Clinical and metabolic features of the randomised controlled Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial (DiRECT) cohort, Taylor, R., Leslie, W., Barnes, A., Brosnahan, N., Thom, G., McCombie, L., Sattar, N., Welsh, P., Peters, ., Zhyzhneuskaya, S., Hollingsworth, K., Al-Mrabeh, ., M Rodrigues, A., Rehackova, L., Adamson, A., Sniehotta, F., Mathers, J., Ross, H., McIlvenna, Y., Kean, ., Ford, ., McConnachie, A., Lean, M. 1 Mar 2018, In: Diabetologia
  • The Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial (DiRECT): protocol for a cluster randomised trial, Leslie, W., Ford, ., Sattar, N., Hollingsworth, K., Adamson, A., Sniehotta, F., McCombie, L., Brosnahan, N., Ross, H., Mathers, J., Peters, ., Thom, G., Barnes, A., Kean, ., McIlvenna, Y., M Rodrigues , A., Rehackova, L., Zhyzhneuskaya, S., Taylor, R., Lean, M. Dec 2016, In: BMC Family Practice

My published work can be found on Google Scholar .


  • Psychology PhD June 01 2016
  • Psychology MSc June 01 2011
  • Psychology BSc June 01 2009
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Chartered Psychologist CPsychol

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