Jeff's main area of expertise and activity is in the clinical application of behaviour change counselling using integrative therapies such as MI-CBT. He has been a practitioner since starting in the NHS in 1992 and has developed an international reputation for the design, training and application of behaviour change interventions using this approach across a range of clinical and community settings.
He has provided consultancy and training programmes in behaviour change interventions for health professionals and delivered this to over 2000 practitioners and commissioners in the last six years, across Europe and North America. Jeff has published and presented internationally on behaviour change approaches and was one of the first to promote the use of treatment fidelity for physical activity counselling (Breckon et al., 2008).
His most recent work has been the analysis of over 90 clinical studies having developed behaviour change taxonomy with a colleague in the US as well as international collaborations winning research funding with colleagues at La Trobe University in Australia. He has delivered the Training New Trainers (TNT) programme for the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) in Sitges, 2009 and Krakow, 2013.
Jeff has developed a Training Trainers in Health Behaviour Change programme for those health professionals working in childhood health, cystic fibrosis, sexual health, mental health and lifestyle interventions (PA and diet change). His current research and consultancy has generated over £2m in the last 7 years and includes the development of online training and interventions to promote health behaviour change.
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Jeff's international collaborations in the last two years include Dr Sylvie Naar-King (University of Michigan, USA), Dr Paul O’Halloran (La Trobe University, Australia), Dr Tom Barth (University of Trondheim, Norway), Dr Steve Cole (Stoney Brook University, USA), Christina Nasholm (Sweden), Rob D’Hondt (Netherlands). He has visiting lectureships at two international and two UK universities.
SCOTT, Sarah, BRECKON, Jeff and COPELAND, Robert (2018). An integrated motivational interviewing and cognitive-behavioural intervention promoting physical activity maintenance for adults with chronic health conditions: A feasibility study. Chronic Illness.
MCCLIMENS, Alex, KELLY, Shona, ISMAIL, Mubarak and BRECKON, Jeff (2017). Evaluation of a new mental health liaison team in a general hospital. Part 2: exploring the themes and their effect on practice. Emergency Nurse, 25 (8), 23-26.
MACK, Rory, BRECKON, Jeff, BUTT, Joanne and MAYNARD, Ian (2017). Exploring the Understanding and Application of Motivational Interviewing in Applied Sport Psychology. The Sport Psychologist, 31 (4), 396-409.
MCCLIMENS, Alex, KELLY, Shona, ISMAIL, Mubarak and BRECKON, Jeff (2017). Evaluation of a new mental health liaison team in a general hospital. Part 1: background and literature review. Emergency Nurse, 25 (7), 31-34.
SIMPER, Trevor, BRECKON, Jeff and KILNER, Karen (2017). Effectiveness of training final-year undergraduate nutritionists in motivational interviewing. Patient Education and Counseling. (In Press)
BRECKON, Jeff, KELLY, Shona, MCCLIMENS, Alex, ISMAIL, Mubarak and BURLEY, Keith (2016). Adult Mental Health Hospital Liaison Service Evaluation. Project Report. Sheffield, UK, Sheffield Hallam University.
SPEAKE, Helen, COPELAND, Robert, TILL, Simon, BRECKON, Jeff, HAAKE, Steve and HART, Oliver (2016). Embedding physical activity in the heart of the NHS: the need for a whole-system approach. Sports Medicine, 46 (7), 939-946.
FLINT, Stuart, SCAIFE, Robert, KESTERTON, Sue, HUMPHREYS, Liam, COPELAND, Robert, CRANK, Helen, BRECKON, Jeff, MAYNARD, Ian and CARTER, Anouska (2016). Sheffield Hallam Staff Wellness Service: four year follow-up of the impact on health indicators. Perspectives in Public Health, 136 (5), 295-301.
SIMPER, Trevor, BRECKON, Jeff and KILNER, Karen (2016). Group motivational interviewing in the 'Small Changes' weight management project: a quasi-experimental trial. The Journal of Behavioral Health. (In Press)
SCOTT, Sarah, BRECKON, Jeff, COPELAND, Robert and HUTCHISON, Andrew (2015). Determinants and strategies for physical activity maintenance in chronic health conditions: a qualitative study. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 12 (5), 733-740.
CRUST, Lee, SWANN, Christian, ALLEN-COLLINSON, Jacquelyn, BRECKON, Jeff and WEINBERG, Robert (2014). A phenomenological exploration of exercise mental toughness : perceptions of exercise leaders and regular exercisers. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 6 (4), 441-461.
HUTCHISON, Andrew, JOHNSTON, Lynne and BRECKON, Jeff (2013). A grounded theory of successful long-term physical activity behaviour change. Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, 5 (1), 109-126.
STANIFORD, Leanne, BRECKON, Jeff and COPELAND, Robert (2012). Treatment of childhood obesity: a systematic review. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 21 (4), 545-564.
HUTCHISON, Andrew, JOHNSTON, Lynne and BRECKON, Jeff (2011). A review of telephone coaching services for people with long-term conditions. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 17 (8), 451-458.
BUTT, Joanne, WEINBERG, Robert, BRECKON, Jeff and CLAYTOR, Randall (2011). Adolescent physical activity participation and motivational determinants across gender, age, and race. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 8 (8), 1074-1083.
STANIFORD, Leanne Jane, BRECKON, Jeff, COPELAND, Robert and HUTCHISON, Andrew (2011). Key stakeholders’ perspectives towards childhood obesity treatment: a qualitative study. Journal of Child Health Care, 15 (3), 230-244.
HUTCHISON, Andrew, JOHNSTON, Lynne and BRECKON, Jeff (2011). Grounded Theory Based Research within Exercise Psychology: A Critical Review. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 8 (3), 247-272.
SCOTT, Emma J., DIMAIRO, Munyaradzi, HIND, Daniel, GOYDER, Elizabeth, COPELAND, Robert J., BRECKON, Jeff D., CRANK, Helen, WALTERS, Stephen J., LOBAN, Amanda and COOPER, Cindy L. (2011). "Booster" interventions to sustain increases in physical activity in middle-aged adults in deprived urban neighbourhoods: internal pilot and feasibility study. BMC Public Health, 11 (129), 1-11.
HUTCHISON, A. J., JOHNSTON, L. H. and BRECKON, J. D. (2010). Using QSR-NVivo to facilitate the development of a grounded theory project: an account of a worked example. International journal of social research methodology, 13 (4), 283-302.
HIND, D., SCOTT, E. J., COPELAND, R., BRECKON, J., CRANK, H., WALTERS, S. J., BRAZIER, J. E., NICHOLL, J., COOPER, C. and GOYDER, E. (2010). A randomised controlled trial and cost-effectiveness evaluation of "booster" interventions to sustain increases in physical activity in middle-aged adults in deprived urban neighbourhoods. BMC Public Health, 10 (3).
HUTCHISON, A. J., BRECKON, J. D. and JOHNSTON, L. H. (2009). Physical activity behavior change interventions based on the transtheoretical model: a systematic review. Health education & behavior, 36 (5), 829-845.
BRECKON, J. D., JOHNSTON, L. H. and HUTCHISON, A. (2008). Physical activity counseling content and competency: a systematic review. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 5 (3), 398-417.
BRECKON, Jeff (2015). 'Motivational Interviewing to promote physical activity and nutrition behaviour change'. In: ANDERSON, M, HANRAHAN, S (Eds) Doing Exercise Psychology. Human Kinetics, Champaign, Ill.
BRECKON, Jeff (2014). 'Understanding behaviour change: The role of motivational interviewing'. Rhuematology, 53(1), I94. April 2014.
NAAR-KING, Sylvie, EARNSHAW, Paul, BRECKON, Jeff (2013). 'Towards a Universal Maintenance Intervention: Integrating Motivational Interviewing with Cognitive-Behavioural Strategies for Maintenance of Behaviour Change'. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 27(2), pp.126-137.
HUTCHINSON, A, BRECKON, JEFF (2011). 'A scoping exercise and review of the evidence base for telephone coaching services for people with long-term conditions'. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 00, 1-8.
JOHNSTON, LH, BRECKON, Jeff, HUTCHISON, A (2009). 'Influencing Health Behaviour: Applying Theory to Practice'. In: DUGDILL, Lindsey, CRONE, Diane, MURPHY, Rebecca (Eds) Physical Activity and Health Promotion, pp. 21-38, Oxford: Blackwell.
Jeff is a reader in exercise psychology and specialises in physical activity and diet behaviour change in sedentary individuals. He has over 18 years' clinical experience in working with people with illnesses and disease ranging from obesity and diabetes to cardiovascular disease and arthritis. Jeff delivers training on behaviour change counselling and communication to health and physical activity professionals across the world. He has published and presented internationally on the use of behaviour change counselling to promote lifestyle change.
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