I've worked at Sheffield Hallam since 2000 and led the introduction of Health Psychology into the undergraduate and postgraduate curricula. I am a registered health psychologist with expertise in the development and evaluation of theory-informed interventions to promote behaviour change and maintenance. I am the Director of the Centre for Behavioural Science and Applied Psychology (CeBSAP) where I also lead the Behavioural science theme and am the project director for the Behavioural Science Consortium (https://behaviouralscienceconsortium.org/) a collaboration with University of Manchester which provides behavioural science expertise to the government and the public sector.
I am Director of the Centre for Behavioural Science and Applied Psychology that launched in 2018 where I lead the behavioural science, behaviour change and well-being theme. I am also project director for the the Behavioural Science Consortium, a collaboration between Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Manchester which provides behavioural science expertise to government and the public sector.
I joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2000 and was promoted to Professor of Health Psychology in 2015. I became a Chartered Psychologist in 2003 and am registered by the Health and Care Professions council as a Health Psychologist. I am also on the Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I am co-editor of the British Journal of Health Psychology (2018-present) and co-chair of the Yorkshire and Humber Public Health Network Behavioural Science Hub. I am also a member of the British Psychological Society COVID-19 Behavioural Science and Disease Prevention Taskforce. I teach Health Psychology as part of the MSc Health Psychology 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 and maintenance interventions across a broad range of health behaviours including; medication adherence smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, physical activity, dietary behaviours and safe sex behaviours. My methodological expertise centres around questionnaire design, qualitative framework analysis and randomised controlled trials and the development and testing of complex theory-based interventions, including assessment of fidelity.
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.
Social Sciences and Arts
I teach Health Psychology in the Department of Psychology, Sociology & Politics and supervise Masters and PhD projects in health psychology and behavioural science.
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). I am leading the behaviour change intervention development lead for this project which is funded by NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research.
Doncaster local delivery pilot - investigating physical inactivity in disadvantages communities in Doncaster. I am the principal investigator for this project which is part of the work of the Behavioural Science Consortium. This project is informed by the COM-B model and investigate the capability, opportunity and motivation factors that impact on people's physical activity. The research encompasses a survey, qualitative work undertaken by community explorers, and co-design workshops
Arden, M.A., Hutchings, M., Whelan, P., Drabble, S.J., Beever, D., Bradley, J.M., ... Wildman, M. (2021). Development of an intervention to increase adherence to nebuliser treatment in adults with cystic fibrosis: CFHealthHub. Pilot Feasibility Stud, 7 (1), 1. http://doi.org/10.1186/s40814-020-00739-2
Arden, M.A., Byrne-Davis, L., Chater, A., Hart, J., McBride, E., & Chilcot, J. (2020). The vital role of health psychology in the response to COVID-19. British Journal of Health Psychology, 25 (4), 831-838. http://doi.org/10.1111/bjhp.12484
Hind, D., Drabble, S.J., Arden, M., Mandefield, L., Waterhouse, S., Maguire, C., ... O'Cathain, A. (2020). Feasibility study for supporting medication adherence for adults with cystic fibrosis: mixed-methods process evaluation. BMJ Open, 10 (10), e039089. http://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-039089
Drabble, S., O'Cathain, A., Scott, A.J., Arden, M.A., Keating, S.M., Hutchings, M., ... Wildman, M. (2020). Mechanisms of action of a web-based intervention with health professional support to increase nebulizer adherence in adults with cystic fibrosis: a qualitative interview study. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 22 (10). http://doi.org/10.2196/16782
Arden, M., & Chilcot, J. (2020). Health psychology and the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic: A call for research. British Journal of Health Psychology, 25 (2), 231-232. http://doi.org/10.1111/bjhp.12414
Martin, R., Arden, M., Porritt, J., Wildman, M., & Naughton, F. (2020). Investigating the Temporal Relationships between Symptoms and Nebuliser Adherence in People with Cystic Fibrosis: A Series of N-of-1 Observations. Healthcare, 8 (1), e22. http://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8010022
Shaw, R.L., Bishop, F., Horwood, J., Chilcot, J., & Arden, M. (2020). What qualifies as the best kind of qualitative research? Psychologist, 34 (1), 2-5.
Shaw, R.L., Bishop, F.L., Horwood, J., Chilcot, J., & Arden, M. (2019). Editorial - Enhancing the quality and transparency of qualitative research methods in health psychology. British Journal of Health Psychology, 24 (4), 739-745. http://doi.org/10.1111/bjhp.12393
Drabble, S.J., O’Cathain, A., Arden, M., Hutchings, M., Beever, D., & Wildman, M. (2019). When is forgetting not forgetting? A discursive analysis of differences in forgetting talk between adults with cystic fibrosis with different levels of adherence to nebulizer treatments. Qualitative Health Research, 104973231985658. http://doi.org/10.1177/1049732319856580
Gao, J., Arden, M., Hoo, Z.H., & Wildman, M. (2019). Understanding patient activation and adherence to nebuliser treatment in adults with cystic fibrosis: responses to the UK version of PAM-13 and a think aloud study. BMC Health Services Research, 19 (1), 420. http://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-019-4260-5
Hind, D., Drabble, S.J., Arden, M., Mandefield, L., Waterhouse, S., Maguire, C., ... Wildman, M.J. (2019). Supporting medication adherence for adults with cystic fibrosis: a randomised feasibility study. BMC Pulmonary Medicine, 19 (77). http://doi.org/10.1186/s12890-019-0834-6
Arden, M., Drabble, S., O'Cathain, A., Hutchings, M., & Wildman, M. (2019). Adherence to medication in adults with Cystic Fibrosis: An investigation using objective adherence data and the Theoretical Domains Framework. British journal of health psychology, 24 (2), 357-380. http://doi.org/10.1111/bjhp.12357
Arden, M. (2019). Health and habits. The Psychologist, 32 (3), 7. http://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/volume-32/march-2019/health-and-habits
O’Neill, B., O’Shea, O., McDonough, S., McGarvey, L., Bradbury, I., Arden, M., ... Bradley, J. (2018). Clinician-facilitated physical activity intervention versus pulmonary rehabilitation for improving physical activity in COPD: a feasibility study. COPD: Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, 15 (3), 254-264. http://doi.org/10.1080/15412555.2018.1486396
Hoo, Z.H., Gardner, B., Arden, M., Waterhouse, S., Walters, S.J., Campbell, M.J., ... Wildman, M.J. (2018). Role of habit in treatment adherence among adults with cystic fibrosis. Thorax. http://doi.org/10.1136/thoraxjnl-2017-211453
Arden, M.A., & Chilcot, J. (2018). BJHP- continuing to increase the profile of health psychology research. British Journal of Health Psychology, 23 (1), 1-2. http://doi.org/10.1111/bjhp.12290
Armitage, C.J., & Arden, M.A. (2016). Enhancing the Effectiveness of Alcohol Warning Labels With a Self-Affirming Implementation Intention. Health psychology, 35 (10), 1159-1163. http://doi.org/10.1037/hea0000376
Arden, M.A., Drabble, S.J., O'Cathain, A., Hutchings, M., & Wildman, M. (2016). ACtiF study: understanding adherence to nebuliser treatment in adults with cystic fibrosis using the Theoretical Domains Framework[Abstract only]. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis, 15 (S1), S26. http://doi.org/10.1016/S1569-1993(16)30151-5
Soltani, H., Arden, M., Duxbury, A., & Fair, F. (2016). An analysis of behaviour change techniques used in a sample of gestational weight management trials. Journal of Pregnancy, 2016, 1085916. http://doi.org/10.1155/2016/1085916
Soltani, H., Duxbury, A., Arden, M., Dearden, A., Furness, P., & Garland, C. (2015). Maternal obesity management using mobile technology : a feasibility study to evaluate a text messaging based complex intervention during pregnancy. Journal of Obesity, 111 (5 pt.2), 1-10. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/814830
Furness, P., Arden, M., Duxbury, A., Hampshaw, S., Wardle, C., & Soltani, H. (2015). Talking about weight in pregnancy: An exploration of practitioners' and women's and perceptions. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 5 (2), 89. http://doi.org/10.5430/jnep.v5n2p89
Soltani, H., Duxbury, A.M.S., Arden, M.A., Dearden, A., Furness, P.J., & Garland, C. (2015). Maternal obesity management using mobile technology: A feasibility study to evaluate a text messaging based complex intervention during pregnancy. Journal of Obesity, 2015. http://doi.org/10.1155/2015/814830
Armitage, C.J., Norman, P., Noor, M., Alganem, S., & Arden, M. (2014). Evidence that a very brief psychological intervention boosts weight loss in a weight loss program. Behavior Therapy, 45 (5), 700-707. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.beth.2014.04.001
Arden, M.A., S Duxbury, A.M., & Soltani, H. (2014). What women really think about gestational weight management: A thematic analysis of posts made in online parenting forums. Pregnancy Hypertens, 4 (3), 231. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.preghy.2014.03.007
Arden, M., Duxbury, A., & Soltani, H. (2014). Responses to gestational weight management guidance: a thematic analysis of comments made by women in online parenting forums. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 14 (216). http://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2393-14-216
Armitage, C.J., Rowe, R., Arden, M., & Harris, P.R. (2014). A brief psychological intervention that reduces adolescent alcohol consumption. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 82 (3), 546-550. http://doi.org/10.1037/a0035802
Abbott, R.L., & Arden, M.A. (2014). Experiences of baby-led weaning: trust, control, and renegotiation. Maternal And Child Nutrition, 11 (4), 829-844. http://doi.org/10.1111/mcn.12106
Brown, K.G., Reidy, J., Weighall, A.R., & Arden, M.A. (2013). Graphic imagery is not sufficient for increased attention to cigarette warnings: the role of text captions. Addiction, 108 (4), 820-825. http://doi.org/10.1111/add.12008
Soltani, H., Furness, P., Mcseveny, K., Arden, M., Garland, C., Sustar, H., & Dearden, A. (2012). Women's and midwives' perspectives on the design of a text messaging support for maternal obesity services. Journal of Obesity. http://doi.org/10.1155/2012/835464
Armitage, C.J., & Arden, M.A. (2012). A Volitional Help Sheet to Reduce Alcohol Consumption in the General Population: A Field Experiment. Prevention Science, 13 (6), 635-643. http://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-012-0291-4
Arden, M., & Armitage, C.J. (2012). A volitional help sheet to reduce binge drinking in students: a randomized exploratory trial. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 47 (2), 156-159. http://doi.org/10.1093/alcalc/agr164
Armitage, C.J., Harris, P.R., & Arden, M. (2011). Evidence that self-affirmation reduces alcohol consumption: Randomized exploratory trial with a new, brief means of self-affirming. Health Psychology, 30 (5), 633-641. http://doi.org/10.1037/a0023738
Brown, K.E., Hurst, K.M., & Arden, M. (2011). Improving adolescent contraceptive use: Evaluation of a theory-driven classroom-based intervention. Psychology, Health and Medicine, 16 (2), 141-155. http://doi.org/10.1080/13548506.2010.525791
Furness, P.J., McSeveny, K., Arden, M., Garland, C., Dearden, A., & Soltani, H. (2011). Maternal obesity support services: a qualitative study of the perspectives of women and midwives. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 11 (69). http://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2393-11-69
Armitage, C.J., & Arden, M. (2010). A volitional help sheet to increase physical activity in people with low socioeconomic status: A randomised exploratory trial. Psychology and Health, 25 (10), 1129-1145. http://doi.org/10.1080/08870440903121638
Arden, M. (2009). Conflicting influences on UK mothers' decisions to introduce solid foods to their infants. Maternal and Child Nutrition, 6 (2), 159-173. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1740-8709.2009.00194.x
Soltani, H., & Arden, M. (2009). Factors associated with breastfeeding up to 6 months postpartum in mothers with diabetes. Journal of obstetric, gynecologic, & neonatal nursing, 38 (5), 586-594. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1552-6909.2009.01052.x
Arden, M.A., & Armitage, C.J. (2008). Predicting and explaining transtheoretical model stage transitions in relation to condom-carrying behaviour. British journal of health psychology, 13 (4), 719-735. http://doi.org/10.1348/135910707X249589
Armitage, C.J., & Arden, M.A. (2008). How useful are the stages of change for targeting interventions? randomized test of a brief intervention to reduce smoking. Health psychology, 27 (6), 789. http://doi.org/10.1037/0278-6126.96.36.1999
Brown, K.E., Arden, M.A., & Hurst, K.M. (2007). A qualitative analysis of accounts of hormonal contraceptive use: Experiences and beliefs of British adolescents. European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care, 12 (3), 269-278. http://doi.org/10.1080/13625180701440719
Armitage, C.J., & Arden, M.A. (2007). Felt and potential ambivalence across the stages of change. Journal of health psychology, 12 (1), 149-158. http://doi.org/10.1177/1359105307071749
Armitage, C.J., Paschal, S., Conner, M., & Arden, M.A. (2004). Stages of change or changes of stage? Predicting transitions in transtheoretical model stages in relation to healthy food choice. Journal of consulting and clinical psychology, 72 (3), 491-499. http://doi.org/10.1037/0022-006X.72.3.491
Armitage, C.J., Povey, R., & Arden, M.A. (2002). Evidence for discontinuity patterns across the stages of change: a role for attitudinal ambivalence. Psychology and health. http://doi.org/10.1080/0887044031000066553
Armitage, C.J., & Arden, M.A. (2002). Exploring discontinuity patterns in the transtheoretical model: an application of the theory of planned behaviour. British journal of health psychology, 7 (1), 89-103. http://doi.org/10.1348/135910702169385
Arden, M.A., Dye, L., & Walker, A. (1999). Menstrual synchrony: Awareness and subjective experiences. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 17 (3), 255-265. http://doi.org/10.1080/02646839908404593
Arden, M.A., & Dye, L. (1998). The assessment of menstrual synchrony: comment on Weller and Weller (1997). Journal of comparative psychology (Washington, D.C. : 1983), 112 (3). http://doi.org/10.1037/0735-7036.112.3.323
Fair, F., Marvin-Dowle, K., Arden, M., & Soltani, H. (n.d.). Healthy Weight Services in England before, during and after pregnancy: a mixed methods approach. . http://doi.org/10.21203/rs.2.20767/v2
Thorneloe, R., Wilcockson, H.E., Lamb, M., Jordan, C.H., & Arden, M. (n.d.). Willingness to receive a COVID-19 vaccine among adults at high-risk of COVID-19: a UK-wide survey. . http://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/fs9wk
Dawson, S., Arden, M.A., Walton, E., Lee, K., Moran, P., Shepherd, E., ... Wildman, M. (2020). EXPLORING THE VIEWS OF UK PEOPLE WITH CYSTIC FIBROSIS WHO ARE "DIFFICULT TO REACH": A SIX-CENTRE PATIENT AND PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT PROJECT. PEDIATRIC PULMONOLOGY, 55, S338-S339.
Senek, M., Arden, M., & Soltani, H. (2020). Exploring Barriers to Lifestyle Advice Provision to Pregnant Women With Obesity. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 19.
Girling, C., Hind, D., Arden, M.A., & Wildman, M.J. (2019). Developing an implementation strategy for the use of objective adherence data in routine clinical practice: a case study in cystic fibrosis clinics (abstract only). Implementation Science, 14 (Supp2). http://doi.org/10.1186/s13012-019-0911-5
O'Neill, B., O'Shea, O.M., McDonough, S.M., McGarvey, L., Bradbury, I., Arden, M.A., ... Bradley, J.M. (2016). PHYSICAL ACTIVITY INTERVENTION VERSUS PULMONARY REHABILITATION IN COPD: THE LIVELY COPD PROJECT. THORAX, 71, A20. http://doi.org/10.1136/thoraxjnl-2016-209333.39
Phelan, I., Arden, M., Garcia, C., & Roast, C. (2015). Exploring virtual reality and prosthetic training. In Höllerer, T., Interrante, V., Lecuyer, A., & Swan, J.E.I.I. (Eds.) 2015 IEEE Virtual Reality Conference (VR) , Arles, France, 23-27 March, 2015, Proceedings, (pp. 353-354). Piscataway, NJ: IEEE: http://doi.org/10.1109/VR.2015.7223441
Armitage, C.J., Norman, P., Noor, M., Alganem, S., & Arden, M.A. (2012). Experimental Test of a Volitional Help Sheet to Reduce Weight in an Overweight/Obese Sample. PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH, 27, 6.
Brown, K., Arden, M., Reidy, J., & Weighall, A. (2009). Can graphic cigarette warnings capture our attention? PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH, 24, 113.
Arden, M., & Armitage, C. (2009). A volitional help sheet to increase physical exercise in people with low socioeconomic status. PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH, 24, 84.
Arden, M.A., & Armitage, C.J. (2008). The utility of the stages of change for targeting an implementation intention intervention to reduce smoking. PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH, 23, 56.
Brown, K.E., Arden, M.A., & Hurst, K.M. (2006). Evaluation of an intervention designed to improve adolescent contraceptive use. PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH, 21, 24.
Kilby, L., Thorneloe, R., Arden, M., Lamb, M., & Armitage, C.J. (2019). Doncaster local delivery pilot behavioural insight work phase: 3 Co-Design Workshops. Behavioural Science Consortium. http://behaviouralscienceconsortium.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Doncaster-Phase-3-report-submitted.pdf
Kilby, L., Thorneloe, R., Arden, M., Lamb, M., & Armitage, C.J. (2019). Doncaster local delivery pilot behavioural insight work phase 2: Insights from Community Explorer research. Behavioural Science Consortium. http://behaviouralscienceconsortium.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Phase-2-Report-17.05.19.pdf
Kilby, L., Arden, M., Lamb, M., & Armitage, C.J. (2019). Doncaster local delivery pilot behavioural insight work phase 1. Behavioural Science Consortium. http://behaviouralscienceconsortium.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/DMBC-Phase-1-Brochure.pdf
Theses / Dissertations
Turner, R.R. (2020). Developing healthcare professional training to promoteexercise in prostate cancer patients. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Arden, M. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00335
Smith, J. (2017). Investigating weight-related lifestyle choices in pregnant women who are overweight. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Arden, M. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00162
Drabble, J.D. (2016). Mediators and moderators of self-injurious behaviours and borderline personality disorder. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Bowles, D., Barker, L., & Arden, M.
Cutts, K. (2009). Online written emotional disclosure: Effects on psychological well-being in individuals with infertility. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Arden, M., Hurst, K., & Reidy, J.
Co-Editor of British Journal of Health Psychology, Co-chair of the Yorkshire and Humber Public Health Behavioural Science Hub.
Rebecca Turner - The development and evaluation of training for health professionals to deliver exercise advice and referral to men with prostate cancer
Rosie Martin - The Impact of Symptom Tracking an Adherence in Adults with Cystic Fibrosis.
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 awarded October 2017
Michelle Senek - Working in Pregnancy -m a Social Networking Physical Activity Intervention for Pregnant Obese Women. PhD awarded April 2019