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
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 4387

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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)


  • 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

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