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Dr Rachel Hallett

Postdoctoral researcher


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).

Areas of specialism

  • Psychology
  • Music
  • Exercise


  • 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)

Professional membership

Graduate member of the British Psychological Society


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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

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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