Naomi Klepacz graduated from the University of Southampton with a BSc(Hons.) in Psychology, and went on to obtain a PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education and Training from the University of Portsmouth. Naomi has worked as a lecturer and teacher of Psychology and Health Studies in several FE and Sixth-Form colleges. In 2010, Naomi took a break from her teaching career to study full-time for her MSc in Health Psychology at the University of Surrey. On completing her MSc, Naomi remained at the University of Surrey where she completed a PhD investigating the role of packaging imagery in people's understanding of health function, under the supervision of Dr Robert Nash and Prof Jane Ogden, and in partnership with the Food, Consumer Behaviour and Health Research Centre (FCBH). Naomi Joined FCBH has a Research Fellow in August 2015.
Areas of specialism
Health Services Research;
Virtual Reality and Immersive Environments
Affiliations and memberships
Naomi's research interests focus on health communication and promotion, and fall under the umbrella of applied health psychology. She is particularly interested in the role of visual imagery in people's understanding of health and memory for health related information. Naomi has lead research into how people use visual imagery to draw inferences as to the potential health function of food and beverage products, and how such inferences affect health related decision-making and behaviour. She has experience of conducting research both as part of both UK and EU funded projects, employing both qualitative and quantitative methods.
More broadly, Naomi is interested in all aspects of health psychology and health care. She has an interested in health damaging behaviour and psychological interventions used for primary prevention, as well as the processes influencing the effective delivery of health care and its impact on individuals, family members and caregivers. She has an interest in the design and implementation of interventions that may be used to improve quality of life and to promote self-management of illness.
I teach Health Psychology, Applied Psychology, Health Services Research and Research Design and Methodology to undergraduate and postgraduate students in the School of Psychology and School of Health Sciences.
PSYM006: Psychological Aspects of Health Care
PSY3104: Applied Psychology and Public Policy
PSY3065: Psychology Dissertation (UG)
PSYM034: Psychology Dissertation (Masters)
NUR3171: Research for Professional Practice
NURM141: Research Design and Methodology
NUR2179: Palliative Care Interventions
I also supervise undergraduate and Master's dissertation students in the School of Psychology, School of Health Sciences and Department of Nutrition.
The need for a better understanding of food consumption behaviour within its behavioural context has sparked the interest of nutrition researchers for user-documented food consumption data collected outside the research context using publicly available nutrition apps. The study aims to characterize the scientific, technical, legal and ethical features of this data in order to identify the opportunities and challenges associated with using this data for nutrition research.
A search for apps collecting food consumption data was conducted in October 2016 against UK Google Play and iTunes storefronts. 176 apps were selected based on user ratings and English language support. Publicly available information from the app stores and app-related websites was investigated and relevant data extracted and summarized. Our focus was on characteristics related to scientific relevance, data management and legal and ethical governance of user-documented food consumption data.