Department for Health

Dr Fiona Gillison

Senior lecturer in exercise and health psychology, with an interest in individual and policy level approaches to reducing obesity.

Fiona Gillison

Senior Lecturer
Director of Studies BSc/MSci (Hons) Physical Activity and Health

1 West 4.107
Email: f.b.gillison@bath.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 4387

Personal Website

External consultancy
  • Evaluation of local health promotion initiatives within Bath and North East Somerset Primary Care Trust (September 2007 – present)
  • South West Regional Public Health Group - Audit & Mapping of south west NHS stop smoking services (July – October 2008)
  • Assessor for the Health Development Agency accreditation standards for Smoking Cessation training courses (2004)

Profile

  • Senior Lecturer, Exercise & Health Psychology (2007 – present)
  • Chartered Health Psychologist, British Psychological Society (awarded 2004)
  • Research Health Psychologist, Tobacco Dependence Research and Treatment Centre, Bart’s & the London Medical School (2000–2004)
  • PhD, University of Bath (2007)

 

My primary research interest is in investigating how we can support people to improve their health behaviours to prevent and reduce obesity. Given that more than half of the UK's adult population are now classified as overweight or obese, this is an important area of research. In practice this involves conducting research to explore the most effective strategies for promoting behaviour change, and drawing on this to design theoretically and pragmatically informed interventions.

My more recent lines of research reflect the strong influence that our culture, environment and the people around us can have on our behaviour, through collaborations with colleagues from disciplines such as social policy and health communication to explore how people react to, and interact with, policies designed to promote their health. This involves close collaboration with non-academic partners, including members of the public, local authority public health teams, and health professionals delivering medical education. Current key projects include collaborations with local public health and school nurse teams to explore ways to improve the process of providing feedback to parents through the National Child Measurement Programme, for which we are piloting resources co-produced with members of the public. Looking beyond the UK, I have also had the opportunity to work as a behavioural consultant with doctors and midwives to explore how behavioural science can enhance training in low-resource countries.

Whatever the setting, my research aims to enable commissioners, health and allied professionals and the public to answer the question; 'What exactly can I/we do to help this particular person change this particular health behaviour?'

 

Research interests

  • Psychology of behaviour change
  • Enhancing policy approaches to reducing and preventing obesity
  • Using behavioural psychology to enhance medical training in low resource countries

Current projects

Publications

Book Sections

Standage, M., Gillison, F. and Emm, L., 2014. Self-Determination Theory. In: Eklund, R. C. and Tenenbaum, G., eds. Encyclopedia of sport and exercise psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, pp. 630-633.

Standage, M., Gillison, F. and Treasure, D. C., 2007. Self-determination and motivation in physical education. In: Hagger, M. S. and Chatzisarantis, N. L. D., eds. Intrinsic motivation and self-determination in exercise and sport. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, pp. 71-85.

Articles

Dumuid, D., Olds, T., Lewis, L. K., Martin-Fernández, J. A., Katzmarzyk, P. T., Barreira, T., Broyles, S. T., Chaput, J.-P., Fogelholm, M., Hu, G., Kuriyan, R., Kurpad, A., Lambert, E. V., Maia, J., Matsudo, V., Onywera, V. O., Sarmiento, O. L., Standage, M., Tremblay, M. S., Tudor-Locke, C., Zhao, P., Gillison, F., Maher, C. and , I. S. o. C. O., L., 2017. Health-related quality of life and lifestyle behavior clusters in school-aged children from 12 countries. Journal of Pediatrics

Dumuid, D., Olds, T., Lewis, L. K., Martin-Fernández, J. A., Barreira, T., Broyles, S., Chaput, J.-P., Fogelholm, M., Hu, G., Kuriyan, R., Kurpad, A., Lambert, E. V., Maia, J., Matsudo, V., Onywera, V. O., Sarmiento, O. L., Standage, M., Tremblay, M. S., Tudor-Locke, C., Zhao, P., Katzmarzyk, P., Gillison, F., Maher, C. and , I. r. g., 2016. The adiposity of children is associated with their lifestyle behaviours:a cluster analysis of school-aged children from 12 nations. Pediatric Obesity

Gillison, F., 2016. Can it be harmful for parents to talk to their child about their weight? A meta-analysis. Preventive Medicine, 93, pp. 135-146.

Emm-Collison, L., Standage, M. and Gillison, F., 2016. Development and validation of the adolescent psychological need support in exercise questionnaire. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 38 (5), pp. 505-520.

Harrington, D. M., Gillison, F., Broyles, S. T., Chaput, J.-P., Fogelholm, M., Hu, G., Kuriyan, R., Kurpad, A., LeBlanc, A. G., Maher, C., Maia, J., Matsudo, V., Olds, T., Onywera, V., Sarmiento, O. L., Standage, M., Tremblay, M. S., Tudor-Locke, C., Zhao, P., Katzmarzyk, P. T. and , I. R. G., 2016. Household-level correlates of children's physical activity levels in and across 12 countries. Obesity, 24 (10), pp. 2150-2157.

Perkin, O. J., Travers, R. L., Gonzalez, J. T., Turner, J. E., Gillison, F., Wilson, C., McGuigan, P. M., Thompson, D. and Stokes, K. A., 2016. Exercise strategies to protect against the impact of short-term reduced physical activity on muscle function and markers of health in older men:study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 17 (1), 381.

Koehn, S., Gillison, F., Standage, M. and Bailey, J., 2016. Life transitions and relevance of healthy living in late adolescence. Journal of Health Psychology, 21 (6), pp. 1085-1095.

Wilkie, H. J., Standage, M., Gillison, F. B., Cumming, S. P. and Katzmarzyk, P. T., 2016. Multiple lifestyle behaviours and overweight and obesity among children aged 9–11 years: results from the UK site of the International Study of Childhood Obesity, Lifestyle and the Environment. BMJ Open, 6 (2), e010677.

Beck, F. E., Gillison, F. B., Koseva, M. D., Standage, M., Brodrick, J. L., Graham, C. and Young, H., 2016. The systematic identification of content and delivery style of an exercise intervention. Psychology & Health, 31 (5), pp. 605-621.

Zakrzewski, J., Gillison, F., Cumming, S., Church, T. S., Katzmarzyk, P. T., Broyles, S. T., Champagne, C. M., Chaput, J.-P., Denstel, K. D., Fogelholm, M., Hu, G., Kuriyan, R., Kurpad, A., Lambert, E. V., Maher, C., Maia, J., Matsudo, V., Mire, E. F., Olds, T., Onywera, V., Sarmiento, O. L., Tremblay, M. S., Tudor-Locke, C., Zhao, P. and Standage, M., 2015. Associations between breakfast frequency and adiposity indicators in children from 12 countries. International Journal of Obesity, 5, S80-S88.

Gillison, F., 2015. Study protocol: the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of an employer-led intervention to increase walking during the daily commute: the Travel to Work randomised controlled trial. BMC Public Health, 15 (154).

Gillison, F., Stathi, A., Reddy, P., Perry, r., Taylor, G., Bennett, P., Dunbar, J. and Greaves, C., 2015. Processes of behavior change and weight loss in a theory-based weight loss intervention program: a test of the process model for lifestyle behavior change. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity

Greaves, C., Gillison, F., Stathi, A., Bennett, P., Reddy, P. and Taylor, G., 2015. Waste the waist:A pilot randomised controlled trial of a primary care based intervention to support lifestyle change in people with high cardiovascular risk. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 12 (1).

Koorts, H. and Gillison, F., 2015. Mixed method evaluation of a community-based physical activity program using the RE-AIM framework:practical application in a real-world setting. BMC Public Health, 15 (1), 1102.

Whale, K., Gillison, F. and Smith, P., 2014. “Are you still on that stupid diet?” Women’s experiences of societal pressure and support regarding weight loss, and attitudes towards health policy intervention. Journal of Health Psychology, 19 (12), pp. 1536-1546.

Earnest, C. P., Johannsen, N. M., Swift, D. L., Gillison, F. B., Mikus, C. R., Lucia, A., Kramer, K., Lavie, C. J. and Church, T. S., 2014. Aerobic and Strength Training in Concomitant Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 46 (7), pp. 1293-1301.

Juszczyk, D., Gillison, F. and Dean, S., 2014. Can media images of obese people undermine health messages?:An experimental study of visual representation and risk perception. European Journal of Public Health

Gillison, F., Beck, F. and Lewitt, J., 2014. Exploring the basis for parents' negative reactions to being informed that their child is overweight. Public Health Nutrition, 17 (5), pp. 987-997.

Gillison, F., Standage, M. and Verplanken, B., 2014. A cluster randomised controlled trial of an intervention to promote healthy lifestyle habits to school leavers:Study rationale, design, and methods. BMC Public Health, 14 (1), p. 221.

Skevington, S. M., Dehner, S., Gillison, F. B., McGrath, E. J. and Lovell, C. R., 2014. How appropriate is the WHOQOL-BREF for assessing the quality of life of adolescents? Psychology & Health, 29 (3), pp. 297-317.

Brown, J., Hajek, P., McRobbie, H., Locker, J., Gillison, F., McEwen, A., Beard, E. and West, R., 2013. Cigarette craving and withdrawal symptoms during temporary abstinence and the effect of nicotine gum. Psychopharmacology, 229 (1), pp. 209-218.

Emm, L. G., Gillison, F. B. and Juszczyk, D., 2013. Support for obesity-related policy and its association with motivation for weight control. Psychology, Public Policy and Law, 19 (3), pp. 321-330.

Sebire, S. J., Standage, M., Gillison, F. B. and Vansteenkiste, M., 2013. “Coveting thy neighbour’s legs”:A qualitative study of exercisers’ experiences of intrinsic and extrinsic goal pursuit. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 35 (3), pp. 308-321.

Gillison, F. B., Standage, M. and Skevington, S. M., 2013. The effects of manipulating goal content and autonomy support climate on outcomes of a PE fitness class. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 14 (3), pp. 342-352.

Skevington, S. M., Sovetkina, E. C. and Gillison, F. B., 2013. A systematic review to quantitatively evaluate 'stepping stones': a participatory community-based HIV/AIDS prevention intervention. AIDS and Behavior, 17 (3), pp. 1025-1039.

Standage, M., Cumming, S. P. and Gillison, F. B., 2013. A cluster randomized controlled trial of the ‘Be the Best You Can Be’ intervention:Effects on the psychological and physical well-being of school children. BMC Public Health, 13 (1), 666.

Gillison, F., Sebire, S. and Standage, M., 2012. What motivates girls to take up exercise during adolescence? Learning from those who succeed. British Journal of Health Psychology, 17 (3), pp. 536-550.

Gillison, F. B., Greaves, C., Stathi, A., Ramsay, R., Bennett, P., Taylor, G., Francis, M. and Chandler, R., 2012. ‘Waste the waist’: the development of an intervention to promote changes in diet and physical activity for people with high cardiovascular risk. British Journal of Health Psychology, 17 (2), pp. 327-345.

Cumming, S. P., Sherar, L. B., Hunter Smart, J. E., Machado Rodrigues, A. M., Standage, M., Gillison, F. B. and Malina, R. M., 2012. Physical Activity, Physical Self-Concept, and Health-Related Quality of Life of Extreme Early and Late Maturing Adolescent Girls. Journal of Early Adolescence, 32 (2), pp. 269-292.

Standage, M., Gillison, F. B., Ntoumanis, N. and Treasure, D. C., 2012. Predicting students' physical activity and health-related well-being:A prospective cross-domain investigation of motivation across school physical education and exercise settings. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 34 (1), pp. 37-60.

Cumming, S. P., Gillison, F. and Sherar, L., 2011. Biological maturation as a confounding factor in the relation between chronological age and health-related quality of life in adolescent females. Quality of Life Research, 20 (2), pp. 237-242.

Gillison, F. B., Standage, M. and Skevington, S. M., 2011. Motivation and body-related factors as discriminators of change in adolescents' exercise behavior profiles. Journal of Adolescent Health, 48 (1), pp. 44-51.

McGrath, E. J., Lovell, C. R., Gillison, F., Darvay, A., Hickey, J. R. and Skevington, S. M., 2010. A prospective trial of the effects of isotretinoin on quality of life and depressive symptoms. British Journal of Dermatology, 163 (6), pp. 1323-1329.

Beck, F., Gillison, F. and Standage, M., 2010. A theoretical investigation of the development of physical activity habits in retirement. British Journal of Health Psychology, 15 (3), pp. 663-679.

Stathi, A., Gillison, F. and Riddoch, C., 2009. Opportunities and challenges in physical activity research in young people. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 12 (5), pp. 515-517.

Cumming, S. P., Standage, M., Gillison, F. B., Dompier, T. P. and Malina, R. M., 2009. Biological maturity status, body size, and exercise behaviour in British youth: A pilot study. Journal of Sports Sciences, 27 (7), pp. 677-686.

Gillison, F. B., Skevington, S., Sato, A., Standage, M. and Evangelidou, S., 2009. The effects of exercise interventions on quality of life in clinical and well populations: a meta-analysis. Social Science and Medicine, 68 (9), pp. 1700-1710.

Gillison, F., Osborn, M., Skevington, S. and Standage, M., 2009. Exploring the experience of introjected regulation for exercise across gender in adolescence. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 10 (3), pp. 309-319.

Gillison, F., Standage, M. and Skevington, S., 2008. Changes in quality of life and psychological need satisfaction following the transition to secondary school. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 78, pp. 149-162.

Gillison, F., Skevington, S. and Standage, M., 2008. Exploring response shift in the quality of life of healthy adolescents over one year. Quality of Life Research, 17 (7), pp. 997-1008.

Cumming, S. P., Standage, M., Gillison, F. and Malina, R. M., 2008. Sex differences in exercise behavior during adolescence: is biological maturation a confounding factor? Journal of Adolescent Health, 42 (5), pp. 480-485.

Standage, M. and Gillison, F., 2007. Students' motivational responses toward school physical education and their relationship to general self-esteem and health-related quality of life. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 8 (5), pp. 704-721.

Hajek, P., McRobbie, H. and Gillison, F., 2007. Dependence potential of nicotine replacement treatments: Effects of product type, patient characteristics, and cost to user. Preventive Medicine, 44 (3), pp. 230-234.

Skevington, S. and Gillison, F., 2006. Assessing children’s quality of life in health and social services: Meeting challenges and adding value. Journal of Children's Services, 1 (2), pp. 42-51.

Gillison, F. B., Standage, M. and Skevington, S. M., 2006. Relationships among adolescents' weight perceptions, exercise goals, exercise motivation, quality of life and leisure-time exercise behaviour: a self-determination theory approach. Health Education Research, 21 (6), pp. 836-847.

Standage, M. and Gillison, F., 2006. Students' motivational responses to school physical education and their relationship to general self-esteem and health-related quality of life. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 28, S174-S174.

McRobbie, H., Hajek, P. and Gillison, F., 2004. The relationship between smoking cessation and mouth ulcers. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 6 (4), pp. 655-659.

Hajek, P., Gillison, F. and McRobbie, H., 2003. Stopping smoking can cause constipation. Addiction, 98 (11), pp. 1563-1567.

Gillison, F., Hajek, P. and Ahmed, R., 2002. Randomized comparative study of nicotine sublingual tablet and nicotine chewing gum. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 4 (242-243).

Reports/Papers

Stathi, A. and Gillison, F., 2014. Supporting behaviour change in patients.Vol. 26. British Association of Sports Medicine.

Conference or Workshop Items

Borek, A., smith, j., Abraham, C., Greaves, C., Morgan-Trimmer, S., Tarrant, M., McCabe, R., Gillison, F., Jones, M. and Keable, J., 2016. Mechanisms of Action in Group-based Interventions (MAGI) study.:Developing a conceptual framework of group processes that can help support weight loss. In: UK Congress on Obesity, 2016-09-19, Nottingham.

Zakrzewski, J., Gillison, F., Cumming, S., Church, T.S., Katzmarzyk, P. T. and Standage, M., 2014. Associations between breakfast consumption, obesity and objectively-measured physical activity in a multi-national sample of 10 year old children: preliminary findings from the International Study of Childhood Obesity, Lifestyle and the Environment (ISCOLE). In: European Congress of Obesity, 2014-03-28.

Juszczyk, D., Gillison, F. and Dean, S., 2013. The effect of ‘supersize’ images on the receipt of health messages about being overweight. In: European Health Psychology Conference 2013, 2013-07-16 - 2013-07-20.

Emm, L., Standage, M. and Gillison, F., 2013. An opportunity for change? Motivational predictors of exercise and health-related well-being in adolescent school leavers. In: 5th International Conference on Self-Determination Theory, 2013-06-27 - 2013-06-30.

Juszczyk, D. and Gillison, F., 2013. How are obesity policies received by individuals who find it difficult to control their weight? In: European Health Psychology Conference 2013, 2013-07-16 - 2013-07-20.

Standage, M. and Gillison, F., 2013. The use of incentives in the formation of healthy lifestyle habits following the school to work transition. In: 5th International Conference on Self-Determination Theory, 2013-06-27 - 2013-06-30.

Greaves, C., Stathi, A., Gillison, F. and Taylor, G., 2013. Waste the waist:a pilot trial of a theory based intervention to support lifestyle change for people with high cardiovascular risk. In: BPS Division of Health Psychology, 2013-09-11 - 2013-09-13.

Gillison, F., Lewitt, J. and Beck, F., 2013. Why do parents object to feedback on their child's weight? In: South West Public Health Conference, 2013, 2013-02-07.

Gillison, F., Juszczyk, D. and Emm, L., 2012. Support for obesity-related policy and its association with motivation for weight control. In: 8th Annual Scientific Meeting of the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine, 2012-12-10 - 2012-12-11.

Thesis

Gillison, F. B., 2007. Maintaining adolescents’ involvement in exercise and quality of life: A Self Determination Theory approach. Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)). University of Bath.

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