Dr Elizabeth Evans
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6264
- Address: Room 5.17
Ridley Building 1
Newcastle upon Tyne
I'm a psychologist with a background in developmental psychopathology, quantitative methods and clinical research. I have worked at Newcastle University since January 2012 as part of multidisciplinary research projects focused upon developing interventions to enhance health and wellbeing, particularly in reference to eating, weight and concomitant psychological factors.
In May 2017 I started a new chapter as a lecturer in psychology in the School of Psychology, a wonderful chance to integrate my research experience into teaching practice with undergraduate and postgraduate students. I continue to carry out research with my colleagues in the Institute of Health and Society and the Human Nutrition Research Centre.
My research interests include body image, obesity, weight management, eating behaviours and intervention development.
I am particularly interested in how eating behaviour and body image change with time. Such changes occur over childhood and adolescence, but also arise in relation to key transitions such as weight gain, childbearing and ageing. I am particularly keen to discover how mechanisms of change might offer opportunities to intervene and improve people's relationships with their body, and their eating behaviours.
I completed my PhD in the area of children's body image and eating behaviours at Durham University in 2012 (http://etheses.dur.ac.uk/5930/).
I am involved / have been involved in the following research projects:
a) the NoHoW project (http://nohow.eu/#home) March 2015 - January 2018. I am co-ordinating the development of an evidence base for an ICT-mediated weight loss maintenance intervention, via online surveys and in-depth qualitative interviews in 3 different countries, and a large prospective cohort study in the UK.
b) the NULevel project (http://research.ncl.ac.uk/nulevel/), September 2013 - August 2015. I have co-developed an intervention to help overweight people who have lost 5% or more of their body weight maintain this weight loss. The intervention utilises SIM-enabled weighing scales and smartphones in order to provide rapid and personalised feedback to participants.
I am module leader for PSY3033 (Eating disorders) and, from September 2017, PSY1008 (Personality & Abnormal Psychology)
I teach on PSY3006 (Consumer psychology) and PSY8035 (Research Methods in Applied Psychology),
I have successfully supervised students on the BSc Psychology, MSc Foundations in Clinical & Health Psychology and MSc Public Health and Health Services Research courses and am involved in PhD student supervision. If you wish to discuss the possibility of supervision, please email me for an informal discussion in the first instance - I'd love to hear from you!
- Sainsbury K, Evans EH, Pedersen S, Marques MM, Teixeira PJ, Lahteenmaki L, Stubbs RJ, Heitmann BL, Sniehotta FF. Attribution of weight regain to emotional reasons amongst European adults with overweight and obesity who regained weight following a weight loss attempt. Eating and Weight Disorders 2018, ePub ahead of print.
- Evans EH, Sainsbury K, Kwasnicka D, Bolster A, Araujo-Soares V, Sniehotta FF. Support needs of patients with obesity in primary care: a practice-list survey. BMC Family Practice 2018, 19, 6.
- Pedersen S, Sniehotta FF, Sainsbury K, Evans EH, Marques MM, Stubbs RJ, Heitmann BL, Lähteenmäki L. The complexity of self-regulating food intake in weight loss maintenance. A qualitative study among short- and long-term weight loss maintainers. Social Science & Medicine 2018, 208, 18–24.
- Jucker JL, Thornborrow T, Beierholm U, Burt DM, Barton RA, Evans EH, Jamieson MA, Tovée MJ, Boothroyd LG. Nutritional status and the influence of TV consumption on female body size ideals in populations recently exposed to the media. Scientific Reports 2017, 7, 8438.
- Evans E, Adamson A, Basterfield L, LeCouteur AS, Reilly JK, Reilly JJ, Parkinson K. Risk factors for eating disorder symptoms at 12 years of age: A 6-year longitudinal cohort study. Appetite 2017, 108, 12-20.
- Sainsbury K, Cleland CL, Evans EH, Adamson A, Batterham A, Dombrowski SU, Gellert P, Hill M, Kwasnicka D, Scott D, Sniehotta FF, White M, Araújo-Soares V. Supporting the transition from weight loss to maintenance: development and optimisation of a face-to-face behavioural intervention component. Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine 2017, 5(1), 66-84.
- O'Brien N, Heaven B, Teal G, Evans EH, Cleland C, Moffatt S, Sniehotta FF, White M, Mathers JC, Moynihan P. Integrating Evidence From Systematic Reviews, Qualitative Research, and Expert Knowledge Using Co-Design Techniques to Develop a Web-Based Intervention for People in the Retirement Transition. Journal of Medical Internet Research 2016, 18(8), e210.
- van der Linde RM, Dening T, Stephan BCM, Prina AM, Evans E, Brayne C. Longitudinal course of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia: systematic review. British Journal of Psychiatry 2016, 209(5), 366-377.
- Lara J, O'Brien N, Godfrey A, Heaven B, Evans EH, Lloyd S, Moffatt S, Moynihan PJ, Meyer TD, Rochester L, Sniehotta FF, White M, Mathers JC. Pilot randomised controlled trial of a web-based intervention to promote healthy eating, physical activity and meaningful social connections compared with usual care control in people of retirement age recruited from workplaces. PLOS One 2016, 11(7), e0159703.
- Boothroyd LG, Jucker JL, Thornborrow T, Jamieson MA, Burt DM, Barton R, Evans EH, Tovée MJ. Television exposure predicts body size ideals in rural Nicaragua. British Journal of Psychology 2016, 107(4), 752–767.
- Evans EH, Boothroyd LG, Muscariello E, Stephan BCM, Nasti G, Colantuoni A, Siervo M. Lower weight loss expectations and healthier eating attitudes in older overweight and obese women attempting weight loss. Clinical Obesity 2015, 5(3), 136-144.
- Heaven B, Hobbs N, Evans EH, White M, Meyer T, Mathers JC, Moffatt S. Mobilising Resources for Well-being: Implications for Developing Interventions in the Retirement Transition. The Gerontologist 2015, epub ahead of print.
- Evans EH, AraujoSoares V, Adamson AJ, Batterham AM, Brown H, Campbell M, Dombrowski SU, Guest A, Jackson D, Kwasnicka D, Ladha K, McColl E, Olivier P, Rothman AJ, Sainsbury K, Steel AJ, Steen IN, Vale L, White M, Wright P, Sniehotta FF. The NULevel trial of a scalable, technology-assisted weight loss maintenance intervention for obese adults after clinically significant weight loss: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials 2015, 16, 421.
- Lara J, Evans EH, O'Brien N, Moynihan PJ, Meyer TD, Adamson AJ, Errington L, Sniehotta FFS, White M, Mathers JC. Association of behaviour change techniques with effectiveness of dietary interventions among adults of retirement age: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. BMC Medicine 2014, 12(10), 177.
- Evans EH, Boothroyd LG. Prospective predictors of body dissatisfaction and disordered eating attitudes in preadolescent girls: a 2-year study. In: Appearance Matters 6: Centre for Appearance Research. 2014, Bristol, UK: University of the West of England.
- Siervo M, Montagnese C, Muscariello E, Evans E, Stephan BCM, Nasti G, Papa A, Iannetti E, Colantuoni A. Weight loss expectations and body dissatisfaction in young women attempting to lose weight. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics 2014, 27(Suppl. 2), 84-89.
- Evans EH, Tovée MJ, Boothroyd LG, Drewett RF. Body dissatisfaction and disordered eating attitudes in 7- to 11-year old girls: testing a sociocultural model. Body Image 2013, 10(1), 8-15.
- Lara J, Godfrey A, Evans EH, Heaven B, Brown L, Barron L, Rochester L, Meyer TD, Mathers JC. Characterising the Healthy Ageing Phenotype. In: 20th IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics. 2013, Seoul, South Korea.
- Lara J, Evans E, Hobbs N, Meyer TD, Sniehotta FF, Mathers JC. The effect of behaviour change techniques on interventions promoting components of a Mediterranean diet among adults of retirement age. In: Nutrition Society Annual Summer Meeting. 2013, Newcastle, UK: Cambridge University Press.
- Lara J, Godfrey A, Evans E, Heaven B, Brown LJE, Barron E, Rochester L, Meyer TD, Mathers JC. Towards measurement of the Healthy Ageing Phenotype in lifestyle-based intervention studies. Maturitas 2013, 76(2), 189-199.
- Evans E, Lara J, Muscariello E, Stephan BCM, Petagna L, Nasti G, Colantuoni A, Siervo M. Weight loss expectations and body dissatisfaction in young and older obese women attempting to lose weight. In: Nutrition Society Annual Summer Meeting. 2013, Newcastle, UK: Cambridge University Press.