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University of Bath

Professor Fiona Gillison Head of the Department for Health

Fiona Gillison is responsible for the research, teaching and strategic planning in the Department for Health.


Professor Fiona Gillison is the Head of the Department for Health she's also Deputy Director of the Centre for Motivation and Behaviour Change.

Related posts

  • Chartered Psychologist (Health)
  • Member of the UK Society of Behavioural Medicine (Chair of Local Organising Committee, January 2020 Annual Meeting)
  • Associate Editor for Psychology of Sport & Exercise
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Authority
  • Member of the Public Health England National Child Measurement Programme Board


  • Health behaviour
  • Obesity
  • Childhood obesity prevention
  • Behaviour change interventions
  • Motivational responses to public policy
  • Health communication around obesity

This person is available to supervise research degree projects


View a list of books and publications by Fiona Gillison


Before taking a PhD, Fiona worked as a practitioner psychologist running smoking cessation and weight management clinics in East London. This followed time spent as a social housing officer that provided a valuable introduction to many of the causes and realities of health inequalities. Fiona’s first academic post was at the University of Bath where she has remained since, following the award of her PhD in 2007.


Fiona has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Southampton and an MSc in Health Psychology from City University, before studying for a PhD here at Bath. Her PhD explored how we can understand and help maintain adolescents’ involvement in exercise through applying a theory of motivation (self-determination theory), and its impact on their quality of life.