I've worked at Sheffield Hallam since 2000 and have led the introduction of Health Psychology into the Undergraduate curriculum. In 2006 I developed an innovative MSc Health Psychology which is delivered primarily by distance learning, and was the first course of its kind to be accredited by the British Psychological Society.
My research focuses on behaviour change and the development and evaluation of interventions. I am the project director for the Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Manchester Behavioural Science Consortium which provides behavioural science expertise to the government and the public sector.
In 2007 I was promoted to Principal Lecturer with a Research and Scholarship lead role for Psychology. In 2010 with the restructure of the Faculty and the creation of a Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics, this role was extended to Research and Scholarship lead for the Department. In 2012 I was made a Reader in Psychology. I became a Professor of Health Psychology in early 2015.
I was became a Chartered Psychologist in 2003 and was registered by the Health Professions council as a Health Psychologist in 2010. I am also on the Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I am currently involved in a number of research projects which include:
•Developing and evaluating an intervention to support adherence to treatment in adults with cystic fibrosis (CFHealthHub) (http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/scharr/sections/hsr/mcru/actif) and (http://www.cfhelathhub.com). I am leading the behaviour change intervention development for this project which is funded by NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research.
•Support or interventions available for women across England before, during and after pregnancy, which encourage eating a healthier diet and physical activity (Public Health, England). I am advising on this project as an expert in behaviour change.
I teach on Health Psychology modules at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels and supervise PhD students in health behaviours and behaviour change.
My particular interests in Health Psychology focus on the development and evaluation of behaviour change interventions across a broad range of health behaviours including: smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, physical activity, dietary behaviours, safe sex behaviours and adherence.
I am project director for the Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Manchester Behavioural Science Consortium which provides behavioural science expertise to government and the public sector.
I am co-editor of the British Journal of Health Psychology.
My methodological expertise centres around questionnaire design, randomised controlled trials and the development and testing of complex theory based interventions, including assessment of fidelity.
Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics
Social Sciences and Humanities
I teach Health Psychology across the undergraduate and masters level in Health Psychology and Behaviour Change.
- Psychology Research Group
I am an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a full member of the Division of Health Psychology, and am on the Applied Register of Psychology supervisors.
I am Co-Editor of the British Journal of Health Psychology.
I am a Health Psychologist registered by the Health Professions Council.
Rosie Martin - The Impact of Symptom Tracking an Adherence in Adults with Cystic Fibrosis.
Michelle Senek - Working in Pregnancy -m a Social Networking Physical Activity Intervention for Pregnant Obese Women.
Katherine Brown - Development of an Intervention to Improve Contraceptive use amongst Adolescents. PhD in Psychology awarded July 2006.
Katie Cutts - Online Written Emotional Disclosure: Effects on Psychological Well-Being in Individuals with Infertility. PhD in Psychology awarded October 2009.
Kyle Brown - The effects of image-based cigarette warnings on cognitive processing. PhD in Psychology awarded April 2012.
Gary Smith - Reducing Alcohol Consumption: Shaping Alcohol-Related Cognitions through Implementation Intentions. PhD in Psychology awarded September 2013.
Janice Smith - Understanding the Barriers to Weight Management in the Pregnancy and Post-Natal Period. PhD in Psychology