Dr Rachel Hallett


My main areas of interest are health psychology (especially exercise) and music psychology. I completed my PhD in Psychology in 2015, which looked at whether music could help people stick to exercise programmes. I then spent a year working as a researcher in a consultancy specialising in designing, delivering and evaluating mentoring schemes, and joined Kingston & St. George's Joint Faculty as a postdoc in early 2016. I've been involved in projects including a Cochrane Review of exercise interventions for hip and knee osteoarthritis and an investigation of volunteering behaviour at parkrun. I'm also a tutor for The Open University, teaching core Psychology modules (first year, second year and final year undergraduate level).

Academic responsibilities

Postdoctoral researcher


  • PhD in Psychology (Keele University: 2015)
  • PhD in Music (University of Leeds: 1999)
  • MSc in Psychology (Keele University: 2011) - Distinction
  • BSc (Hons) in Psychology (The Open University: 2009) - First Class
  • BA (Hons) Open: Sociology, Philosophy, Human Biology, Music Technology, Sports and Exercise Psychology (The Open University: 2014) - First Class
  • BA (Hons) Music (University of Huddersfield, 1992)
  • Level 3 Personal Trainer/Fitness Instructor (2007)


My research is mainly based around health psychology, with some music psychology and general health and wellbeing.

Qualifications and expertise

  • Health psychology (PhD)
  • Music psychology (PhD)
  • Musicology (PhD)

Areas of specialism

  • Psychology
  • Music


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Hallett, R.J., Mullen, N.K., Tideswell, A.E., Haake, S.J., Graney, M. and Hurley, M.V. (2020) Community event sustainability : why don't people volunteer? Voluntary Sector Review, 11(2), pp. 137-167. ISSN (print) 2040-8056

Hallett, Rachel, Gombert, Karolina and Hurley, Michael (2020) 'Everyone should muck in' : a qualitative study of parkrun volunteering and conflicting motivations. Journal of Nonprofit & Public Sector Marketing, ISSN (print) 1049-5142 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Hallett, Rachel (2019) Physical activity for autistic adults : recommendations for a shift in approach. Autism in Adulthood, 1(3), pp. 173-181. ISSN (print) 2573-9581

Hallett, Rachel and Lamont, Alexandra (2019) An interpretative phenomenological analysis of exercisers' use of music during workouts. Psychology of Music, ISSN (print) 0305-7356 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Hallett, Rachel and Lamont, Alexandra (2019) Evaluation of a motivational pre-exercise music intervention. Journal of Health Psychology, 24(3), pp. 309-320. ISSN (print) 1359-1053

Smith, Katherine H, Hallett, Rachel Justine, Wilkinson-Smith, Victoria, Neild, Penny Jane, Brooks, Alenka J, Lockett, Melanie Jane, Thomas-Gibson, Siwan, Eaden, Jayne Alison and Edwards, Cathryn (2019) Results of the British Society of Gastroenterology supporting women in gastroenterology mentoring scheme pilot. Frontline Gastroenterology, 10(1), pp. 50-55. ISSN (print) 2041-4137

Hurley, Michael, Dickson, Kelly, Hallett, Rachel, Grant, Robert, Hauari, Hanan, Walsh, Nicola, Stansfield, Claire and Oliver, Sandy (2018) Exercise interventions and patient beliefs for people with hip, knee or hip and knee osteoarthritis : a mixed methods review. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, ISSN (online) 1465-1858

Hallett, Rachel and Lamont, Alexandra (2017) Music use in exercise : a questionnaire study. Media Psychology, 20(4), pp. 658-684. ISSN (print) 1521-3269

Hallett, Rachel and Lamont, Alexandra (2015) How do gym members engage with music during exercise? Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 7(3), pp. 411-427. ISSN (print) 2159-676X

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