Dr Polly Hardy-Johnson
BSc, MSc, PhD
Polly is a Trainee Health Psychologist and PhD candidate in Health Psychology Research and Professional Practice at the University of Southampton. She is a Research Fellow at the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit. Polly’s PhD research investigated the impact of menstrual-related pelvic pain on the health-related quality of life of adolescent girls living in the UK. Before working at the MRC, Polly’s previous roles have included being a senior research assistant at LifeLab, a Brilliant Club tutor, a consultant for the Wessex Interstitial Lung Disease (WILD) support group, a POWeR behaviour change coach, and a mentor to secondary school students across Hampshire and the Isle of White. Polly has co-lead the MSc Diabetes Best Practice module ‘Psychological Aspects of Diabetes’ at the University of Southampton since 2016. Since February 2018, her main role at the MRC LEU has been as a research fellow for the Transforming Adolescent Lives through Nutrition (TALENT) project. TALENT aims to investigate adolescent diet and physical activity across sub-Saharan Africa and India. Polly is interested in using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies to explore and improve the health behaviours of adolescents across the world.