Professor Falko Sniehotta
Prof Behaviour Medicine & Health Psychol

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  • Address: Fuse - The Centre for Translational Research in Public Health Institute of Health & Society Faculty of Medical Sciences Newcastle University Baddiley-Clark Building Richardson Road
    NE2 4AX


I am a behavioural scientist. My research programme aims at developing and testing a) theory of behaviour change and b) interventions to change behaviours relevant to health and health care. This research is conducted with my colleages in the IHS, the Newcastle Health Psychology Group and colleages nationally and internationally.

I am president of the European Health Psychology Society, Associate Editor of Health Psychology Review, and member of the editorial boards of the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Psychology & Health and the British Journal of Health Psychology. My post is currently funded by Fuse, the UK CRC Centre for Tranlsational Research in Public Health and our research is funded by the Medical Research Council, the National Institute of Health Research and other funders.  



F EHPS (2011)
PhD (2004 Berlin)
Dipl-Psych (2000 Berlin; 5 year undergraduate psychology degree)

Roles and Responsibilities

Lead of the health psychology disciplinary group in the Institute of Health and Society

Lead of the Faculty of Medical Sciences cross faculty health psychology research group

Director of the Behaviour Change Programme in Fuse: The UK Clinical Research Collaborative Centre of Excellence for Translational Research in Public Health

Fellow of the Graduate School


Previous Positions

Lecturer in Psychology Aberdeen (2004-2008)
Senior Lecturer in Psychology (2008-2010)


European Health Psychology Society
UK Society of Behavioural Medicine 
Association of the Study of Obesity 

Research Interests

My research programme aims to develop and test: a) theory of behaviour change and b) interventions to change behaviours relevant to health and health care. I am passionate about contributing to the development of an evidence-based science of behaviour change. My research covers a range of behaviours of patients, members of the public and health care professionals and a range of methodologies including randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews, experiments, predictive studies and n-of-1 studies. Much of my empirical work is conducted in interdisciplinary collaboration and I have a particular focus on capacity development and training.

I am currently fully funded as a member of staff in Fuse, UK Clinical Research Collaboration Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, funded by the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Economic and Social Research Council, Medical Research Council, the National Institute for Health Research.

My research is funded by the  Medical Research Council, the National Institute for Health Research, the Scottish Government and Diabetes UK.



MSc Public Health and Health Services Research - Systematic Reviewing Module: Quantiative Methods

Medcine in the Community' 2nd year preclinical Medicine - MiC3.9 Health psychology perspectives on chronic illness

Accelerated preclincal Programme: ACC5.19: Psychological Perspectives on Chronic Ill Health


Postgraduate Supervision

PhD students

Angela Rodrigues (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology)
Dominika Kwasnicka (Economic and Social Research Council)
Suzanne McDonald (Medical Research Council)
Leah Avery (Medical Research Council)
Sandra Machado (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology)
Lucia Rehackova (IHS)
Irmelin Bergh (Oslo Longitudinal Study of Bariatric surgery)
Mohammad Johari Zabri (Government of Malaysia)
Sarah Nicholson (Edinburgh; Stroke Association)
Lily McNamee (Edinburgh; Chief Scientist Office Scotland)
Natalie Taylor (Durham University)

Recent alumni

Masoumeh Namadian (Aberdeen)
Dr Stephan Dombrowski (University of Aberdeen). now Lecturer at Stirling University
Dr Jeanette Jackson (University of Aberdeen)
Silje Skar (6th Century Studentship)
Justin Presseau (Aberdeen Development Trust / ICEBeRG) now Lecturer at Newcastle University