Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Sebastian Potthoff

Doctoral Fellow (Health Foundation)



I am a Doctoral Fellow at the Institute of Health and Society. After completing my Research Master in Clinical and Health Psychology at Leiden University (Netherlands) in 2013, I moved to Newcastle where I was awarded a Health Foundation Improvement Science Fellowship. My PhD focuses on applying theories from health psychology and behavioural medicine to develop and evaluate interventions that support healthcare professionals with changing their behaviour. I am particularly interested in whether simple behaviour change strategies (e.g. implementation intentions) are effective in assisting healthcare professionals with creating and breaking habits.

I have expertise in qualitative and quantitative research methods, and conducting narrative and systematic reviews, including meta-analyses.

During my PhD I have been involved in the development, implementation and evaluation of a national quality improvement intervention: the ‘Diabetes UK Information Prescription’.

Roles and Responsibilities                                                                      

Workshop coordinator of the Newcastle Health Psychology Group

Board member of the European Health Psychology Society Subdivision SYNERGY

Ad hoc reviewer, Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being


MSc (Res) Clinical and Health Psychology, Leiden University (Netherlands), 2013

BSc Psychology, Leiden University (Netherlands), 2010

Professional Registration

British Psychological Society (Chartered member and registered Trainee Health Psychologist)              

European Health Psychology Society



Research Interests

Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine

Knowledge translation / implementation research

Health behaviour change

Healthcare professional behaviour change

Habit, routines and automaticity

Theories of behaviour and behaviour change


Postgraduate Teaching

 MSc in Clinical and Health Psychology:

  • Session contributor to module: Health Psychology Principles of Behaviour Change