Dr Lucia Rehackova

Research Fellow

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

I am a Research Fellow at LSHTM with experience in development, translation and evaluation of health behaviour change interventions and policies, and interest in eating behaviours, weight management, and sustainable development. 

After completing an undergraduate degree in work and organisational psychology at Comenius University in Slovakia, I went on to study a Master's degree in health psychology at Leiden University in the Netherlands, and a PhD in health psychology at Newcastle University in the UK. 

Prior to joining LSHTM as a Research Fellow, I led the evaluation of the Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial (DiRECT) delivered in primary care practices in Scotland and England, which built on my PhD work evaluating participant experiences with a diabetes remission intervention using a very low energy diet. I later joined Southampton University and Changing Health as a Knowledge Transfer partnership associate, translating a weight management intervention into an app for NHS users. I have experience with a range of qualitative and quantitative methods and I have more recently been interested in creative methods and science communication.

One of my ambitions is to bring together health psychology researchers who are interested contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals with their work, by co-chairing the "Equity, Global Health and Sustainability" special interest group at the European Health Psychology Society.

I am a chartered member of the British Psychological Society and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Faculty of Public Health and Policy
Department of Health Services Research and Policy


I am a seminar lead and a tutor on the Foundations of Health Promotion module on our MSc in Public Health programme.


My main areas of research and interests include health policy, public health, food, weight, physical activity, and sustainability. I have experience with development, translation, and evaluation of behaviour change interventions, and I am keen to use creative methods in research and public engagement.

I am currently supporting evaluation of the Integrated Care Pioneers at the Policy Innovation Research Unit at LSHTM.

Research Area
Complex interventions
Health care policy
Health services research
Public health
Behaviour change

Selected Publications

Participant experiences in the Diabetes REmission Clinical Trial (DiRECT).
Rehackova L; Rodrigues AM; Thom G; Brosnahan N; Barnes AC; McCombie L; Leslie WS; Zhyzhneuskaya S; Peters C; Adamson AJ
Diabetic Medicine
Delivering the Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial (DiRECT) in primary care: Experiences of healthcare professionals.
Rehackova L; Taylor R; Lean M; Barnes A; McCombie L; Thom G; Brosnahan N; Leslie WS; Sniehotta FF
Diabetic Medicine
What does the UK public want farmland to look like?
Rust NA; Rehackova L; Naab F; Abrams A; Hughes C; Merkle BG; Clark B; Tindale S
Land Use Policy
Durability of a primary care-led weight-management intervention for remission of type 2 diabetes: 2-year results of the DiRECT open-label, cluster-randomised trial.
Lean MEJ; Leslie WS; Barnes AC; Brosnahan N; Thom G; McCombie L; Peters C; Zhyzhneuskaya S; Al-Mrabeh A; Hollingsworth KG
The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
Behaviour change during dietary Type 2 diabetes remission: a longitudinal qualitative evaluation of an intervention using a very low energy diet.
Rehackova L; Araújo-Soares V; Steven S; Adamson AJ; Taylor R; Sniehotta FF
Diabetic medicine
Primary care-led weight management for remission of type 2 diabetes (DiRECT): an open-label, cluster-randomised trial.
Lean ME; Leslie WS; Barnes AC; Brosnahan N; Thom G; McCombie L; Peters C; Zhyzhneuskaya S; Al-Mrabeh A; Hollingsworth KG
Lancet (London, England)
Acceptability of a very-low-energy diet in Type 2 diabetes: patient experiences and behaviour regulation.
Rehackova L; Araújo-Soares V; Adamson AJ; Steven S; Taylor R; Sniehotta FF
Diabetic Medicine
Clinical and metabolic features of the randomised controlled Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial (DiRECT) cohort.
Taylor R; Leslie WS; Barnes AC; Brosnahan N; Thom G; McCombie L; Sattar N; Welsh P; Peters C; Zhyzhneuskaya S
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