I am a chartered health psychologist and my main research interest is applying theories of behaviour change to understand health behaviours. My work focuses on testing theory and developing effective behaviour change interventions.
I am particularly interested in physical activity behaviour and behaviour change as primary prevention, and as secondary prevention in people with disabling conditions such as osteoarthritis.
I also have an interest in testing health behaviour theory and interventions at the individual level.
I have recently been granted a 2012 International Society of Behavioral Medicine Early Career Award.
PhD Health Psychology, University of Stirling (2010) Title: Physical activity and disability behaviours: an application of theoretical frameworks
MSc Health Psychology, University of Sussex (2003)
BSc Joint Honours Psychology and Philosophy, University of Leeds (2002)
Research Fellow, Cancer Care Research Centre, University of Stirling (2010)
Health Psychologist (pain management), Human Rights Office of the Archbishop of Guatemala, Guatemala (2004-2007)
Health Professions Council (Health Psychologist)
British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology
European Health Psychology Society
UK Society for Behavioural Medicine
English and Spanish
Testing and developing behaviour change theories and interventions
Using an n-of-1 (single case) methodology to test theory and interventions at the individual level
Physical activity and disability behaviours in people with chronic illness
Pain and pain management
Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society)
Registered Health Psychologist (Health Professions Council)
I am the behaviour change research associate for the LiveWell research programme, funded through the MRC Lifelong Health & Wellbeing initiative. We are a multidisciplinary team developing and piloting behavioural interventions to improve health and wellbeing in people in the retirement transition.
Invited speaker, University College London Health Behaviour Research Centre. "n-of-1 research designs: investigating health behaviours at the individual level and personalising medicine" (Februrary 2012).
Invited workshop, Personal Training Academy, University of Stirling. "Increasing physical activity within individuals" (October 2009).
Invited speaker, Unilever Research Laboratory, Bedford. "Testing the causal structure of the Theory of Planned Behaviour in physical activity behaviours" (November 2008).
Invited workshop, Active Hastings, Hastings. "Increasing physical activity in older men and women: lessons from psychology" (November 2008).
Currently co-supervising two PhD students, one MRes/PhD student and one MSc dissertation.
I deliver a session on coding behaviour change techniques for the Public Health Intervention module of the MSc Public Health and Health Services Research.
Successful supervision of one MSc dissertation.