DECIPHer, the Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement, is one of five UKCRC Centres of Public Health Research Excellence coordinated by the Medical Research Council.
DECIPHer is a strategic partnership between the Universities of Cardiff, Bristol and Swansea. Since its inception in January 2009, DECIPHer has established itself as a leading centre of methodologically innovative multidisciplinary public health research. DECIPHer research focuses on the development and evaluation of complex interventions and policies to achieve sustainable improvements in the health and wellbeing of the public, with a particular emphasis on children and young people. The Centre has recently received funding for a further five years from January 2014. The Centre is led by Professor Rona Campbell (University of Bristol) and co-directed by Dr. Simon Murphy (Cardiff University), and Professor Ronan Lyons (Swansea University).
Building on a strong track record in working with partners from public health policy and practice, and in public involvement in research, we develop, test, evaluate and implement interventions that are effective in improving the health of the population across different settings and behaviours, and which address health inequalities. We do this in three broad priority areas relating to the health of children and young people: (i) tobacco, alcohol and drugs; (ii) obesity, physical activity and diet; (iii) mental health and wellbeing.
Participants in the AHEAD (Activity and Healthy Eating in Adolescence) study