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 at Levels 1 and 3 (first year and final year undergraduate).

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)