Department of Psychology

Behaviour Change and Mental Health Interventions

Our research in this area addresses changing attitudes and behaviour to improve the physical and mental well-being of individuals and their environments. This may be for the benefit of general populations, at-risk groups, groups with specific physical or mental health needs, their families/caregivers. Interventions may also target the social and physical environment, such as reducing prejudice or promoting more sustainable lifestyles. We have a translational focus, ‘from bench to bedside’, considering research in laboratory, public and clinical settings.

Funded projects

  • Evaluation of a Shared Learning Course with Clinical Psychology Trainees and Multi-Disciplinary Staff
  • Training Health Anxiety in CFS/ME: A case series
  • Can We Predict performance in Clinical Psychology Training from Performance in Selection?
  • VERE Competition
  • Paediatric CFS and Co-Morbid Depression: Developing a Randomised Control Trial
  • HIV Counselling in Uganda: Mapping the Terrain
  • A Pilot Randomised Controlled Trial to Assess the Feasibility of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (B) Delivered in Intensive and Weekly Treatment Formats for Treatment Resistant Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • CBT for People with LD & Diabetes
  • Energy Literacy through an Intelligent Home Energy Advisor ENLITEN
  • High Energy and Power Density (HEAPD) Solutions to Large Energy Deficits
  • B.R.I.S.T.O.L. - Buildings Renewables Integrated Storage with Tariffs to Overcome Network Limitations
  • Extending Working Lives in the NHS:  Opportunities, Challenges and Prospects
  • Uncertain Futures:  Managing Late Career Transitions and Extended Working Life
  • Child and Adolescent Risk and Resilience

Current research

  • Online support for clinical, health and chronic conditions
  • Online support mechanisms and the emergence of community in health contexts
  • Social media marketing practices
  • The implications of digital technologies for activism, how people organize online for action
  • Digital care planning
  • Creating and managing public concern online
  • How social movements/shared norms form online
  • Online alcohol marketing
  • Robots
  • Privacy, security and trust online
  • Persuasion and influence online

Related groups

Selected recent publications

Yousaf, O., Grunfeld, E.A. and Hunter, M.S., 2015. A systematic review of the factors associated with delays in medical and psychological help-seeking among men. Health Psychology Review, 9 (2), pp. 264-76.

Verbeke, W., Marcu, A., Rutsaert, P., Gaspar, R., Seibt, B., Fletcher, D. and Barnett, J., 2015. 'Would you eat cultured meat?':consumers' reactions and attitude formation in Belgium, Portugal and the United Kingdom. Meat Science, 102, pp. 49-58.

Kurz, T., Gardner, B., Verplanken, B. and Abraham, C., 2015. Habitual behaviors or patterns of practice? Explaining and changing repetitive climate-relevant actions. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 6 (1), pp. 113-128.

Kristjánsdóttir, H., Sigurðsson, B. H., Salkovskis, P., Ólason, D., Sigurdsson, E., Evans, C., Gylfadóttir, E. D. and Sigurðsson, J. F., 2015. Evaluation of the psychometric properties of the Icelandic version of the clinical outcomes in routine evaluation-outcome measure, its transdiagnostic utility and cross-cultural validation. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 22 (1), pp. 64-74.

Tyrer, H., Tyrer, P., Lisseman-Stones, Y., McAllister, S., Cooper, S., Salkovskis, P., Crawford, M. J., Dupont, S., Green, J., Murphy, D. and Wang, D., 2015. Therapist differences in a randomised trial of the outcome of cognitive behaviour therapy for health anxiety in medical patients. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 52 (3), pp. 686-694.

Chambers, J. B., Marks, E. M. and Hunter, M. S., 2015. The head says yes but the heart says no:what is non-cardiac chest pain and how is it managed? Heart, 101 (15), pp. 1240-1249.

Smith, L. G. E., Thomas, E. F. and McGarty, C., 2015. "We must be the change we want to see in the world":integrating norms and identities through social interaction. Political Psychology, 36 (5), pp. 543-557.

Shah, S. G. S., Fitton, R., Hannan, A., Fisher, B., Young, T. and Barnett, J., 2015. Accessing personal medical records online : A means to what ends? International Journal of Medical Informatics, 84 (2), pp. 111-118.

Burningham, K., Barnett, J. and Walker, G., 2015. An array of deficits:unpacking NIMBY discourses in wind energy developer's conceptualizations of their local opponents. Society and Natural Resources, 28 (3), pp. 246-260.

T, C., Deborah, S., Johnston, P., Russell, A., Mataix-Cols, D., Craig, M., Deeley, Q., Robertson, D., Murphy, C., Gillan, N., Wilson, C.E., Mendez, M., Ecker, C., Daly, E., Findon, J., Glaser, K., Happe, F. and Murphy, D., 2015. Obsessive-compulsive disorder in adults with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder:What does self-report with the OCI-R tell us? Autism Research, 8 (5), pp. 477-485.

Regan, Á., Marcu, A., Shan, L. C., Wall, P., Barnett, J. and Mcconnon, Á., 2015. Conceptualising responsibility in the aftermath of the horsemeat adulteration incident: an online study with Irish and UK consumers. Health Risk & Society, 17 (2), pp. 149-167.

Gamble, T., Walker, I. and Laketa, A., 2015. Bicycling campaigns promoting health versus campaigns promoting safety:A randomized controlled online study of ‘dangerization’. Journal of Transport and Health, 2 (3), pp. 369-378.

Chiang, T., Mevlevioglu, G., Natarajan, S., Padget, J. and Walker, I., 2014. Inducing [sub]conscious energy behaviour through visually displayed energy information:A case study in university accommodation. Energy and Buildings, 70, pp. 507-515.

Bogerd, C. P., Walker, I., Brühwiler, P. A. and Rossi, R. M., 2014. The effect of a helmet on cognitive performance is, at worst, marginal:A controlled laboratory study. Applied Ergonomics, 45 (3), pp. 671-676.

Wiles, N., Thomas, L., Abel, A., Barnes, M., Carroll, F., Ridgway, N., Sherlock, S., Turner, N., Button, K., Odondi, L.'o., Metcalfe, C., Owen-Smith, A., Campbell, J., Garland, A., Hollinghurst, S., Jerrom, B., Kessler, D., Kuyken, W., Morrison, J., Turner, K., Williams, C., Peters, T. and Lewis, G., 2014. Clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of cognitive behavioural therapy as an adjunct to pharmacotherapy for treatment-resistant depression in primary care:the CoBalT randomised controlled trial. Health technology assessment (Winchester, England), 18 (31), 1-167, vii-viii.

Walker, I., Garrard, I. and Jowitt, F., 2014. The influence of a bicycle commuter's appearance on drivers’ overtaking proximities:an on-road test of bicyclist stereotypes, high-visibility clothing and safety aids in the United Kingdom. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 64, pp. 69-77.

Wiles, N., Thomas, L., Abel, A., Barnes, M., Carroll, F., Ridgway, N., Sherlock, S., Turner, N., Button, K., Odondi, L.'o., Metcalfe, C., Owen-Smith, A., Campbell, J., Garland, A., Hollinghurst, S., Jerrom, B., Kessler, D., Kuyken, W., Morrison, J., Turner, K., Williams, C., Peters, T. and Lewis, G., 2014. Clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of cognitive behavioural therapy as an adjunct to pharmacotherapy for treatment-resistant depression in primary care:the CoBalT randomised controlled trial. Health technology assessment (Winchester, England), 18 (31), 1-167, vii-viii.

Bowers, L., Alexander, J., Bilgin, H., Botha, M., Dack, C., James, K., Jarrett, M., Jeffery, D., Nijman, H., Owiti, J. A., Papadopoulos, C., Ross, J., Wright, S. and Stewart, D., 2014. Safewards : The empirical basis of the model and a critical appraisal. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 21 (4), pp. 354-364.

Wainwright, E., Wainwright, D., Keogh, E. and Eccleston, C., 2014. The social negotiation of fitness for work:Tensions in doctor-patient relationships over medical certification of chronic pain. Health, 19 (1), pp. 17-33.

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