Annabel Boys
Health coach with a PhD in health behaviour

Qualifications and Background

Qualifications and Background

The qualifications bit:

  • I obtained my first degree from the University of Edinburgh, and then qualified as a teacher (specialising in Adult Education) at the Institute of Education in London.
  • I spent 10 years working as a Research Psychologist and then as an Associate Professor at the Bethlem and Maudsley in London (UK), Institute of Psychiatry (University of London) and Curtin University in Perth, (Western Australia).
  • I was awarded my Doctorate in 2001 by the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London for my work on how young people make decisions about their health in relation to drug and alcohol use and addiction.

And a bit more background:

  • I have authored and co-authored more than 40 peer-reviewed papers and scientific reports, and have presented my work at international conferences in Europe, USA and Australia.
  • In 2007, wanting to explore a more holistic approach to health, I set up a complementary health practice and specialised in ‘Body Stress Release‘, a technique developed by chiropractors for reducing muscle tension and associated pain and discomfort.
  • Already working with clients on their stress management and associated problems, the logical next step for me was to offer structured support targeting other aspects of diet and lifestyle. Health Coaching provided the ideal opportunity to realise this. In 2012 I trained as a Health Coach with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (New York).
  • Most recently (2016), I further developed my coaching skills by training with the Coaches Training Institute as a Co-Active Coach.
  • Co-founder of the UK Health Coaches Association.
  • I am a proud single mum working hard to raise a confident, self-aware, healthy teenaged daughter as best I can!
  • I have practised yoga since my early 20s, love to travel, climb up tall things and spend time in nature.