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Prof. Jeff Breckon PhD., CPsychol.

Head of Research - ASPA


Summary

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 is a BPS and HCPC Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist and helped write and validate the BPS Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology (QSEP) in 2008, after which he became the founding Chief Assessor for QSEP. He is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and was trained in MI in 1996 and as an MI trainer by Professor Bill Miller and Professor Steve Rollnick (Quebec, 2000). Jeff welcomes applications from potential PhD students interested in the psychology of physical activity and behaviour change interventions.

 

 

About

Jeff has provided consultancy and training programmes in behaviour change interventions for health professionals and delivered this to over 3000 practitioners and commissioners across Europe and North America. Jeff has published and presented internationally on behaviour change counselling approaches and was one of the first to promote the use of treatment fidelity for physical activity counselling (Breckon et al., 2008). He has published and presented internationally on the role of Lifestyle Behaviour Change exploring the role of counselling and lifestyle interventions across platforms such as face-to-face, telephone, online and Apps. Jeff began working in the NHS in 1993 and set up one of the UKs first GP referral schemes supporting lifestyle change across a range of community, workplace, and clinical populations. He has developed and evaluated several Workplace Wellness programmes across the public and private sector and currently supports two Innovate UK funded projects to design, deliver and evaluate workplace wellness programmes in the UK. He is currently part of a large-scale clinical trial with colleagues at Swinburne and La Trobe University, Melbourne.


Teaching

Prof. Breckon is module leader for ‘Exercise Psychology: Theory to Practice’ on the MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology and delivers content on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes on health behaviour change and physical activity interventions. He supervises student projects on a range of sport and exercise topics.

Research

Prof. Jeff Breckon has published over 60 peer reviewed papers, books, chapters and reports and presented around 60 invited keynotes internationally. He has generated over £3.4m as a Co-investigator and Principle Investigator in regulated and contract research and is a reviewer for UKRI funding councils (Innovate UK and NIHR) and NICE. He has delivered visiting lectures to 15 HEIs in the UK and internationally and has examined 15 PhD’s with 9 completions.

Jeff's international collaborations in the last two years include Prof Sylvie Naar (Florida State University, USA), Dr Paul O’Halloran (La Trobe University, Australia), Professor Andrew Pipingas (Swinburne University, Melbourne), 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.


Publications

Journal articles

Downey, J., Shearn, K., Brown, N., Wadey, R., & Breckon, J. (2021). Behaviour change practices in exercise referral schemes: developing realist programme theory of implementation. BMC Health Services Research, 21. http://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-021-06349-9

Mack, R., Breckon, J., Butt, J., & Maynard, I. (2021). Practitioners' use of motivational interviewing in sport: A qualitative enquiry. The Sport Psychologist, 35 (1), 72-82. http://doi.org/10.1123/tsp.2019-0155

Cholerton, R., Quirk, H., Breckon, J., & Butt, J. (2021). Experiences and strategies influencing older adults to continue playing walking football. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. http://doi.org/10.1123/japa.2020-0058

Nichols, S., McGregor, G., Breckon, J., & Ingle, L. (2020). Current insights into exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation in patients with CHD and CHF. International Journal of Sports Medicine. http://doi.org/10.1055/a-1198-5573

O’ Halloran, P.D., Holden, J., Breckon, J., Davidson, M., Rahayu, W., Monfries, M., & Taylor, N.F. (2020). Embedded motivational interviewing combined with a smartphone app to increase physical activity in people with sub-acute low back pain: study protocol of a cluster randomised control trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications, 17, 100511. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.conctc.2019.100511

Cholerton, R., Breckon, J., Butt, J., & Quirk, H. (2019). Experiences Influencing Walking Football Initiation in 55- to 75-Year-Old Adults: A Qualitative Study. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 1-13. http://doi.org/10.1123/japa.2019-0123

Speake, H., Copeland, R., Breckon, J., & Till, S. (2019). Challenges and opportunities for promoting physical activity in health care: a qualitative enquiry of stakeholder perspectives. European Journal of Physiotherapy. http://doi.org/10.1080/21679169.2019.1663926

Mack, R., Breckon, J., O'Halloran, P., & Butt, J. (2019). Enhancing athlete engagement in sport psychology interventions using motivational interviewing: a case study. The Sport Psychologist, 33 (2), 159-168. http://doi.org/10.1123/tsp.2018-0053

Mack, R., Breckon, J., O'Halloran, P., & Butt, J. (2019). Enhancing athlete engagement in sport psychology interventions using motivational interviewing: a case study. The Sport Psychologist, 33 (2), 159-168. http://doi.org/10.1123/tsp.2018-0053

Norris, M., Eva, G., Fortune, J., Frater, T., & Breckon, J. (2019). Educating undergraduate occupational therapy and physiotherapy students in motivational interviewing: the student perspective. BMC Medical Education, 19, 117. http://doi.org/10.1186/s12909-019-1560-8

Fortune, J., Breckon, J., Norris, M., Eva, G., & Frater, T. (2018). Motivational interviewing training for physiotherapy and occupational therapy students: Effect on confidence, knowledge and skills. Patient education and counseling. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2018.11.014

Staniford, L.J., Copeland, R., & Breckon, J. (2018). “What’s the Point when you only lose a pound?” Reasons for attrition from a multi-component childhood obesity treatment interventions: a qualitative inquiry. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 1-16. http://doi.org/10.1080/2159676X.2018.1474375

Scott, S., Breckon, J., & Copeland, R. (2018). An integrated motivational interviewing and cognitive-behavioural intervention promoting physical activity maintenance for adults with chronic health conditions: A feasibility study. Chronic Illness. http://doi.org/10.1177/1742395318769370

Mcclimens, A., Kelly, S., Ismail, M., & Breckon, J. (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. http://doi.org/10.7748/en.2017.e1747

Mack, R., Breckon, J., Butt, J., & Maynard, I. (2017). Exploring the Understanding and Application of Motivational Interviewing in Applied Sport Psychology. The Sport Psychologist, 31 (4), 396-409. http://doi.org/10.1123/tsp.2016-0125

Mcclimens, A., Kelly, S., Ismail, M., & Breckon, J. (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. http://doi.org/10.7748/en.2017.e1746

Simper, T., Breckon, J., & Kilner, K. (2017). Effectiveness of training final-year undergraduate nutritionists in motivational interviewing. Patient Education and Counseling, 100 (10), 1898-1902. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2017.05.016

Speake, H., Copeland, R., Till, S., Breckon, J., Haake, S., & Hart, O. (2016). Embedding physical activity in the heart of the NHS: the need for a whole-system approach. Sports Medicine, 46 (7), 939-946. http://doi.org/10.1007/s40279-016-0488-y

Flint, S., Scaife, R., Kesterton, S., Humphreys, L., Copeland, R., Crank, H., ... Carter, A. (2016). Sheffield Hallam Staff Wellness Service: four year follow-up of the impact on health indicators. Perspectives in Public Health, 136 (5), 295-301. http://doi.org/10.1177/1757913916630009

Simper, T., Breckon, J., & Kilner, K. (2016). Group motivational interviewing in the 'Small Changes' weight management project: a quasi-experimental trial. The Journal of Behavioral Health, 5 (2), 60-67. http://doi.org/10.5455/jbh.20160205070343

Scott, S., Breckon, J., Copeland, R., & Hutchison, A. (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. http://doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2013-0286

Crust, L., Swann, C., Allen-Collinson, J., Breckon, J., & Weinberg, R. (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. http://doi.org/10.1080/2159676X.2014.901986

Kesterton, S., Till, S., Carter, A., Scaife, R., Humphreys, L., Breckon, J., ... Maynard, I. (2014). Effect of a pilot NHS worksite health promotion programme on staff health and cost savings, Sheffield, 2012. European Journal of Public Health, 24 (suppl2). http://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cku151.122

Goyder, E., Hind, D., Dimairo, M., Minton, J., Everson-Hock, E., Reade, S., ... Cooper, C. (2014). 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. Health technology assessment, 18 (13), 1-210. http://doi.org/10.3310/hta18130

Hutchison, A., Johnston, L., & Breckon, J. (2013). A grounded theory of successful long-term physical activity behaviour change. Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, 5 (1), 109-126. http://doi.org/10.1080/2159676X.2012.693529

Naar-King, S., Earnshaw, P., & Breckon, J. (2013). Toward a universal Maintenance Intervention: Integrating Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment With Motivational Interviewing for Maintenance of Behavior Change. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 27 (2), 126-137. http://doi.org/10.1891/0889-8391.27.2.126

Staniford, L., Breckon, J., & Copeland, R. (2012). Treatment of childhood obesity: a systematic review. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 21 (4), 545-564. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-011-9507-7

Hutchison, A., Johnston, L., & Breckon, J. (2011). A review of telephone coaching services for people with long-term conditions. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 17 (8), 451-458. http://doi.org/10.1258/jtt.2011.110513

Butt, J., Weinberg, R., Breckon, J., & Claytor, R. (2011). Adolescent physical activity participation and motivational determinants across gender, age, and race. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 8 (8), 1074-1083.

Staniford, L.J., Breckon, J., Copeland, R., & Hutchison, A. (2011). Key stakeholders’ perspectives towards childhood obesity treatment: a qualitative study. Journal of Child Health Care, 15 (3), 230-244. http://doi.org/10.1177/1367493511404722

Hutchison, A., Johnston, L., & Breckon, J. (2011). Grounded Theory Based Research within Exercise Psychology: A Critical Review. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 8 (3), 247-272. http://doi.org/10.1080/14780880903304527

Scott, E.J., Dimairo, M., Hind, D., Goyder, E., Copeland, R.J., Breckon, J.D., ... Cooper, C.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. http://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-11-129

Hind, D., Scott, E.J., Copeland, R., Breckon, J., Crank, H., Walters, S.J., ... 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). http://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-10-3

Hutchison, A.J., Johnston, L.H., & 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. http://doi.org/10.1080/13645570902996301

Hutchison, A.J., Breckon, J.D., & Johnston, L.H. (2009). Physical activity behavior change interventions based on the transtheoretical model: a systematic review. Health education & behavior, 36 (5), 829-845. http://doi.org/10.1177/1090198108318491

Breckon, J.D., Johnston, L.H., & Hutchison, A. (2008). Physical activity counseling content and competency: a systematic review. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 5 (3), 398-417. http://journals.humankinetics.com/AcuCustom/SiteName/Documents/DocumentItem/15708.pdf

Lindsay, P., Breckon, J.D., Thomas, O., & Maynard, I.W. (2007). In pursuit of congruence: A personal reflection on methods and philosophy in applied practice. Sport Psychologist, 21 (3), 335-352. http://doi.org/10.1123/tsp.21.3.335

Lavallee, D., Breckon, J., & Pringle, A. (2003). Toward a common language for the psychology of physical activity: A review of physical activity and psychological well-being and psychology of physical activity: Determinants, well-being and interventions. Critical Public Health, 13 (3), 295-302. http://doi.org/10.1080/0958159032000114480

Reports

Breckon, J., Kelly, S., Mcclimens, A., Ismail, M., & Burley, K. (2016). Adult Mental Health Hospital Liaison Service Evaluation. Sheffield, UK: Sheffield Hallam University.

Khatab, K., Breckon, J., & Gee, M. (2015). Physical Activity in People with Multiple Sclerosis and its Health Economics Impact. Multiple Sclerosis Society publication.

Theses / Dissertations

Speake, H. (2018). Exploring the user-centred design of aphysical activity pathway in NHS care. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Copeland, R. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00087

Scott, S.E. (2014). The development, delivery and evaluation of a physical activity maintenance intervention. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Breckon, J., & Copeland, R.

Simper, T.N. (2014). Is the Small Changes programme clinically effective for adults who are obese? (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Breckon, J.

Staniford, L.J. (2012). An exploration of childhood obesity treatment interventions to enhance their long-term effectiveness. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Copeland, R., & Breckon, J.

Hutchinson, A.J. (2009). Understanding successful physical activity behaviour change using a grounded theory methodology. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Johnston, L., & Breckon, J.

Hutchinson, A.J. (2009). Understanding successful physical activity behaviour change using a grounded theory methodology. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Johnston, L., & Breckon, J.

Internet Publications

Copeland, R.J., Flint, S., Nevill, A., Wheat, J., Breckon, K., Maynard, I., ... Stevens, H. (n.d.). A tribute to Professor Edward Winter. http://doi.org/10.31219/osf.io/ndctk

Postgraduate supervision

PhD completions

(*DOS)

Paul Earnshaw: Developing talking therapies using MI and CBT in the treatment of psychosis (Passed – March 2021) 

*Rory Mack: The Processes and Efficacy of Motivational Interviewing in Sport Psychology (Passed - March 2020)   

Helen Speake: Integrating ‘physical activity as medicine’ into usual care within the NHS (Passed - May 2018). 

Martin Lamb: The efficacy of workplace wellness interventions to reduce sedentary behaviours. (passed - December 2018). 

Mayur Ranchordas:  Effect of Antioxidants on Post-Exercise Muscle Soreness: Practical Applications (Passed - September 2014).   

*Sarah Scott: The use of technology to support physical activity behaviour change. (Passed -June 2014). 

*Trevor Simper: Small changes and obesity management: Applying motivational interviewing to promote behaviour change. (Passed - October 2013). 

*Leanne Staniford: Designing future, client centred, sustainable obesity treatment interventions for children and adolescents (Passed - May 2012). 

Andrew Hutchison: Understanding Successful Physical Activity Related Behaviour Change: What are the processes and factors involved? (Passed - Sept. 2009). 

In progress

(*DOS)

*Jimi Osinaike: Developing a theory informed behavioural intervention to promote adherence to physical activity promotion clinical practice guidelines amongst foundation Doctors in the UK. (From February 2021). 

*Madeleine Nicholson: Implementation of Motivational Interviewing (MI) in Physiotherapy Intervention for people with Musculoskeletal Conditions. (From October 2020).   

*Kirsty Hemingway:   Alex Thompson: Understanding the transition process from physiotherapy to self-directed activity in musculoskeletal disorders. 

*Rachel Cholerton: Lifespan sport transitions in older adults. (From September 2017). 

Joanne Donbavand (University of Huddersfield): Understanding life transitions through occupational narratives. (from September 2016) 

John Downey (St. Marys University, Twickenham): The effect of Motivational Interviewing on exercise referral in acute populations (from September 2016)

 

 

Media

Jeff is a Professor in Physical Activity Behaviour Change and specialises in the training and delivery of talking therapies (e.g. MI and CBT) to promote lifestyle behaviour change in clinical and community settings. He has over 20 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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