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Publications, Conferences and other outputs

A list of the Unit’s publications and talks can be found here, with links to downloadable copies where available

Journal articles 

Tang MY, Graham F, O’Donnell A, et al. (2024) Effectiveness of shared medical appointments delivered in primary care for improving health  Outcomes in patients with long-term conditions: a systematic review of randomised controlled trials. BMJ Open 2024;14:e067252.  https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/14/3/e067252.full

Ray, D., Dhami, R., Lecouturier, J. et al. Falsification of home rapid antigen lateral flow tests during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sci Rep 14, 3322 (2024). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-024-53383-8

Antonopoulou, V., Meyer, C., Chadwick, P., Gibson, B., Sniehotta, F., Vlaev, I., Vasova, A., Goffe, L., Lorencatto, F., McKinlay, Al., Chater, A.M.  Understanding healthcare professionals’ responses to patient complaints in secondary and tertiary care in the UK: A systematic review and behavioural analysis, 20 November 2023, PREPRINT (Version 1) available at Research Square – https://doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-3193937/v1

Crawshaw, J., Meyer, C., Antonopoulou, V., Antony, J., Grimshaw, J.M., Ivers, N., Konnyu, K., Lacroix, M., Presseau, J., Simeoni, M., Yogasingham, S., and Lorencatto, F. (2023) Identifying behaviour change techniques in 287 randomized controlled trials of audit and feedback interventions targeting practice change among healthcare professionals. Implementation Sci 18, 63 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13012-023-01318-8

Lecouturier, J., Vlaev, I., Chadwick, P., Chater, A.M., Kelly, M.P., Goffe, L., Meyer, C., Tang M.Y., Antonpoulou, V., Graham, F., Sniehotta, F.F. (2023) The critical factors in producing high quality and policy-relevant research: insights from international behavioural science units.  Evidence & Policy – https://doi.org/10.1332/17442648Y2023D000000001

Meyer, C., Goffe, L., Antonopoulou, V., Graham, F., Tang, M. Y., Lecouturier, J., Grimani, A., Chadwick, P., Sniehotta, F.F. (2023) Using the precaution adoption process model to understand decision-making about the COVID-19 booster vaccine in England; Vaccine 41: 2466-2475 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2023.02.047

Green, D., Bryant, V., Edwards, S. et al. (2023) Then there were seven: a commentary on creating a public involvement strategy group for a policy research unit in behavioural science. Res Involv Engagem 9, 1. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40900-023-00413-w

Stoffel S.T.Kaushal A.Grimani A., von Wagner, C., Sniehotta, F.F., Vlaev, I. (2022)  Effect of communicating community immunity on COVID-19 vaccine-hesitant people from ethnically diverse backgrounds: an experimental vignette study in the UK

Antonopoulou, V., Goffe, L., Meyer, C., Grimani, A., Graham, F., Lecouturier, J., Tang, M.Y., Chadwick, P., &  Sniehotta, F.F.,  (2022) A comparison of seasonal influenza and novel Covid-19 vaccine intentions: A cross-sectional survey of vaccine hesitant adults in England during the 2020 pandemic, Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics, DOI: 10.1080/21645515.2022.2085461

Graham, F., Martin, H., Lecouturier, J., O’Donnell, A., Tang, M.Y., Jackson, K., Sniehotta, F., & Kaner, E. (2022) Shared medical appointments in English primary care for long-term conditions: a qualitative study of the views and experiences of patients, primary care staff and other stakeholders https://doi.org/10.1186/s12875-022-01790-z BMC Primary Care

Meyer., C, Goffe, L., Antonopoulou V., Graham, F., Tang, M.Y., Lecouturier, J., Grimani, A., Chadwick, P., Sniehotta, F., (2022) Using the precaution adoption process model to understand decision-making about the COVID-19 booster vaccine in England.  In pre-print:  https://psyarxiv.com/j9kzd/

Goffe, L., Antonopoulou, V., Meyer, C., Graham., Tang. M.Y., Lecouturier, J., Grimani, A., Bambra, C., Kelly, M., & Sniehotta, F., (2021) Factors associated with vaccine intention in adults living in England who either did not want or had not yet decided to be vaccinated against COVID-19 https://doi.org/10.1080/21645515.2021.2002084 Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics

Graham F., Tang M.Y., Jackson K., et al (2021) Barriers and facilitators to implementation of shared medical appointments in primary care for the management of long-term conditions: a systematic review and synthesis of qualitative studies, BMJ Open;11:e046842. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-046842 https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/11/8/e046842

Grimani, A., Goffe, L., Tang, M.Y., et al. (2021) Effectiveness of personal letters to healthcare professionals in changing professional behaviours: a systematic review protocol. Syst Rev 10, 94 https://doi.org/10.1186/s13643-021-01650-4

Grimani, A., Bonell, C., Michie, S., et al (2021) Effect of prosocial public health messages for population behaviour change in relation to respiratory infections: a systematic review protocol BMJ Open; 11:e044763. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-04476 https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/bmjopen/11/1/e044763.full.pdf

Lecouturier, J., Kelly, M.P, Graham, F., Meyer, C., Tang, M.Y., Goffe, L., Bonell, C., Michie, S., Sniehotta, F., (2021) Public understanding of COVID-19 antibody testing and test results: A qualitative study conducted in the U.K. early in the pandemic Social Science & Medicine, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.113778. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953621001106

Public Health England: Wehling, H., Blackshaw, J., Ells, L., Sniehotta, F., & Araújo-Soares, V., (2020) Changing behaviour in families: Behaviour change techniques for healthy weight services to support families with children aged 4-11 years. London Crown. Government paper PHE gateway number: GW-1168

Public Health England: McManus, J., Constable, M., Bunten, A., Chadborn, T., Araujo-Soares, V., Atter, N., Baird, S., Brown, K., Capewell, S., Chater, A., Galizzi, M.M., Green, J., Hart, J., Kunc, M., Middleton, J., Miraldo, M., Sniehotta F., Stevenson, F., Trout, A., Vlaev, I., & White, M., (2018) Improving people’s health: Applying behavioural and social sciences to improve population health and wellbeing in England. London Crown. Government paper PHE gateway number: 2018478

Sniehotta, F., Araújo-Soares, V., Brown, J., Kelly, M.P., Michie, S., & West, R., (2017) Complex systems and individual-level approaches to population health: a false dichotomy? The Lancet Public Health, 2 (9): e396–e397.

Public Health England: Changing Behaviour: Techniques for Tier 2 Adult Weight Management Services, part of the PHE Guide to Delivering and Commissioning Tier 2 Adult Weight Management Services (2017). Prepared by: Professor Falko Sniehotta, Dr Amanda Bunten, Vicki Coulton, Jamie Blackshaw and Dr Alison Tedstone (http://www.adph.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Adult-weight-management-changing-behaviour-techniques.pdf).

Related publications

Bettina Friedrich, Gillian Forbes, Arnoupe Jhass, Fabiana Lorencatto, Laura Shallcross, and Vivi Antonopoulou. (2023) Factors infuencing staf attitudes to COVID-19 vaccination in care homes in England: a qualitative study. BMC Health Serv Res 23, 1066. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-023-10031-7

Robert West, Susan Michie. (2023). ‘How many papers are published each week reporting on trials of interventions involving behavioural aspects of health?.’ Qeios. https://doi.org/10.32388/U6VX2Z

Jeffrey D Sachs, Salim S Abdool Karim, Lara Aknin, Joseph Allen, Kirsten Brosbøl, Francesca Colombo, Gabriela Cuevas Barron, María Fernanda Espinosa, Vitor Gaspar, Alejandro Gaviria, Andy Haines, Peter J Hotez, Phoebe Koundouri, Felipe Larraín Bascuñán, Jong-Koo Lee, Muhammad Ali Pate, Gabriela Ramos, K Srinath Reddy, Ismail Serageldin, John Thwaites, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, Chen Wang, Miriam Khamadi Were, Lan Xue, Chandrika Bahadur, Maria Elena Bottazzi, Chris Bullen, George Laryea-Adjei, Yanis Ben Amor, Ozge Karadag, Guillaume Lafortune, Emma Torres, Lauren Barredo, Juliana G E Bartels, Neena Joshi, Margaret Hellard, Uyen Kim Huynh, Shweta Khandelwal, Jeffrey V Lazarus, Susan Michie (2022).  ‘The Lancet Commission on lessons for the future from the COVID-19 pandemic’, The Lancet, Volume 400, Issue 10359, 2022, Pages 1224-1280, ISSN 0140-6736, https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(22)01585-9.

Beyer, F.R, Kenny, R.P., Johnson, E., Caldwell, D.M., Garnett. C., Rice, S., Simpson, J., Angus, C., Craig, D., Hickman, M., Michie, S., (2022) Practitioner and digitally delivered interventions for reducing hazardous and harmful alcohol consumption in people not seeking alcohol treatment: a systematic review and network meta‐analysis. Addictionhttps://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/add.15999

Birch, J., Jones, R.A., Mueller, J., McDonald, M.D., Richards, R., Kelly, M.P., Griffin, S.J., Ahern, A.L., (2022) A systematic review of inequalities in the uptake of, adherence to, and effectiveness of behavioural weight management interventions in adults. Obesity Reviews, 23:e13438. wileyonlinelibrary.com/journal/obr1of20https://doi.org/10.1111/obr.13438 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/obr.13438

Kelly, M.P., Littlejohns, P., Markham, S., (2022) Evidence – was it really used in the Covid-19 pandemic? A key issue for the Covid-19 inquiry to address, https://arc-sl.nihr.ac.uk/news-insights/blog-and-commentary/evidence-was-it-really-used-covid-19-pandemic-key-issue-covid-19

Moffat, A., Cook, E.J., Chater, A.M., (2022) Examining the influences on the use of behavioural science within UK local authority public health: Qualitative thematic analysis and deductive mapping to the COM-B model and Theoretical Domains Framework, Frontiers in Public Health, DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2022.1016076

Ray, D.,  Sniehotta, F., McColl, E., & Ells, L., (2022) Barriers and facilitators to implementing practices for prevention of childhood obesity in primary care: A mixed methods systematic review. Obesity Reviews 2022 Vol. 23 Issue 4 Pages e13417

Ray, D., Sniehotta, F., et al (2022) A collaborative approach to development of an intervention to strengthen Health visitors’ role. Accepted for publication in Journal BMC Public Health. Vol. 22, page 1735 – https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-022-14092-x

Rigby, B.P., Dodd-Reynolds, C.J., Oliver, E.J., (2022). The understanding, application and influence of complexity in national physical activity policymaking. Health Res Policy Sys; 20: 59. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12961-022-00864-9

Chater, A. M., Shorter, G. W., Swanson, V., Kamal, A., Epton, T., Arden, M .A., Hart, J., Byrne-Davis, L., Drury, J., Whittaker, E., Lewis, L., McBride, E., Chadwick, P., O’Connor, D. B. & Armitage, C. J. (2021) Template for Rapid Iterative Consensus of Experts (TRICE). International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(19), 10255; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph181910255

Joyes, E.C., McGowan, L.J., Adams, E.A., Paisi, M., Burrows, M., Shabaninejad, H., Beyer F., Haddow, K., Coyte, A., Landes, D., Moffatt, S., Watt, R.G., Sniehotta, F., Bambra, C., Craig, D., Kaner, E., Ramsay, S.E., (2021) Exploring interventions to improve the oral health and related health behaviours of adults experiencing severe and multiple disadvantage: protocol for a qualitative study with stakeholders. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2021, 18(22), 11755.

McGowan L, J., Joyes, E, C., Adams, E, A., Coyte, A., Gavin, R., Richmond, C., Shabaninejad, H., Beyer, F., Broadbridge, A., Dobson, K., Landes, D., Moffat, S., Watt, R, G., Sniehotta, F., Freeman, R., Paisi, M., Bambra, C., Craig, D., Kaner, E., Ramsay, S.E., (2021)  Investigating the Effectiveness and Acceptability of Oral Health and Related Health Behaviour Interventions in Adults with Severe and Multiple Disadvantage: Protocol for a Mixed-Methods Systematic Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2021, 18(21), 11554.

Ayşe Lisa Allison, Esther Ambrose-Dempster and Maria Bawn et al.  (2021) ‘The impact and effectiveness of the general public wearing masks to reduce the spread of pandemics in the UK: a multidisciplinary comparison of single-use masks versus reusable face masks’. UCL Open Eviron. Vol. 3. DOI: 10.14324/111.444/ucloe.000022

Vlaev, I., Uttamlal, T., & Kudrna, L., (2020) Social care insurance: A review of psychological influences on uptake. Frontiers in Public Health, Volume 8, https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2020.564471

Bambra, C., Riordan, R., Ford, J., Matthews, F.E., (2020) The COVID-19 Pandemic and Health Inequalities. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 74, (11) https://jech.bmj.com/content/74/11/964

Atkins, L., Kelly, M.P., Littleford, C., Leng, G., Michie, S., (2019) ‘From NHS to local government: perceptions of public health transition in England’, Public Health. 174: 11-17. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2019.05.016

Howlett, N., Trivedi, D., Troop, N.A., Chate,r A.M., (2019) Are physical activity interventions for healthy inactive adults effective in promoting behavior change and maintenance, and which behavior change techniques are effective? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Translational Behavioral Medicine: 9(1): 147-157. doi.org/10.1093/tbm/iby010

Kriznik, N. M., Kinmonth, A,L,, Ling, T., Kelly, M.P., (2018) Moving beyond individual choice in policies to reduce health inequalities: the integration of dynamic with individual explanations, Journal of Public Health; 40(4): 764–775.https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdy045

Lawrenson, J.G., Graham‐Rowe, E., Lorencatto, F., Burr, J., Bunce, C., Francis, J.J., Aluko, P., Rice, S., Vale, L., Peto, T., Presseau, J., (2018) Interventions to increase attendance for diabetic retinopathy screening. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews; 1https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD012054.pub2/full

Michie, S Carey, R., Johnston, M, Rothman, A., de Bruin, M., Kelly, M.P., Connell, L. (2018) From theory-inspired to theory-based interventions: A protocol for developing and testing a methodology for linking behaviour change techniques to theoretical mechanisms of action, Annals of Behavioral Medicine; 52:501–512 DOI:10.1007/s12160-016-9816-6 https://doi.org/10.1007/s12160-016-9816-6

Sniehotta, F.F., Araujo-Soares, V., Brown, J., Kelly, M,P., Michie, S., West, R., (2017) Complex systems and individual-level approaches to population health: a false dichotomy? Lancet Public Health 2017; 2: E396-E397. doi:10.1016/S2468-2667(17)30167-6

Moore, G.F., Audrey, S., Barker, M., Bond, L., Bonell, C., Hardeman, W., et al (2015) Process evaluation of complex interventions: Medical Research Council guidance BMJ; 350: h1258. doi:10.1136/bmj.h1258

Michie, S., Van Stralen, M.M., West, R., (2011) The behaviour change wheel: a new method for characterising and designing behaviour change interventions. Implementation Science; 6(1): 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1186/1748-5908-6-42

BMJ blog on GP retention, 22 October 2021

Achieving long-term retention of GPs will require funding, support, and a reduction in workload demands

Achieving long-term retention of GPs will require funding, support, and a reduction in workload demands

Conferences and invited speaker events

Devashish Ray, the Society for Social Medicine & Population Health conference in Newcastle upon Tyne – 6th-8th September 2023, title:  ‘Would I lie to you? Exploration of Covid-19 test falsification behaviours in England’.

Jan Lecouturier, the Society for Social Medicine & Population Health conference in Newcastle upon Tyne – 6th-8th September 2023, title: ‘Researching disadvantaged groups to increase the uptake of the Covid-19 vaccination: the experiences of Local Authority Public Health Teams’.

Fiona Graham, the Society for Social Medicine & Population Health conference in Newcastle upon Tyne – 6th-8th September 2023, title: ‘A qualitative exploration of the acceptability and feasibility of implementing virtual wards in England from the perspective of commissioners’.

Devashish Ray, the Society for Social Medicine & Population Health conference in Newcastle upon Tyne – 6th-8th September 2023, title: ‘Exploring the link between personality traits and attitudes to falsify Covid-19 home test results through vignettes’.

Vivi Antonopoulou, European Health Psychology Society conference in Bremen, Germany, 4th-8th September 2023, title: ‘Identifying theory-informed behaviour change techniques in randomised trials of Audit and Feedback’.

Alison McKinlay, European Health Psychology Society conference in Bremen, Germany, 4th-8th September 2023, title: ‘Health professionals’ behavioural responses to patient complaints: A systematic literature review and theoretical analysis’.

Laura McGowan, European Health Psychology Society conference in Bremen, Germany, 4th-8th September 2023, title: ‘Adoption and implementation of virtual wards in integrated care systems in England: A qualitative exploration of the views and experiences of commissioners’.

Paulina Schenk, European Health Psychology Society conference in Bremen, Germany, 4th-8th September 2023, title: ‘A thematic analysis about the influences on health professionals’ responses to patient complaints’.

Raenhha Dhami, European Health Psychology Society conference in Bremen, Germany, 4th-8th September 2023, title: ‘Would I lie to you? Exploration of Covid-19 test falsification behaviours in England’.

Vivi Antonopoulou presented at the CBC Conference: Behaviour Change for Health and Sustainability 7th-9th November 2022, title of the talk:  ‘Use of theory informed behaviour change techniques in randomised trials of audit and feedback (A&F) interventions’.

Emily Oliver: keynote at the British Association of Sport and Exercise Psychology (BASES) annual conference. Leicester, UK. November 2022, ‘Intra, inter, and ecological: new perspectives on autonomy in sport and physical activity’.

Angel Chater gave the Keynote address to the COMPAR-EU conference in Mallorca on ‘Using the Behaviour Change Wheel approach to increase physical activity and break up sitting for the benefit of cardiovascular disease risk and mental wellbeing’ – details here https://self-management.eu/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/COMPAR-EU_Agenda_E04.pdf.  (invited)

Angel Chater and Fabi Lorrencatto were invited keynotes to the ‘Health behaviour change’ conference in Norway September 2022, speaking on ‘Understanding behaviour during the COVID-19 pandemic: A Behaviour Change Wheel Approach’

Fiona Graham presented at the Society for Social Medicine & Population Health Annual Scientific meeting September 2022, ‘Effectiveness of shared medical appointments delivered in primary care for improving health outcomes in patients with long-term conditions: a systematic review of randomised controlled trials’,  .

Falko Sniehotta: keynote lecture at the 36th Annual Conference of the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS), 23-27 August, 2022 in Bratislava on ‘Developing and applying behavioural science to inform government policy’. Keynote Speakers | EHPS 2022

Angel Chater was an invited Co-Facilitator of the Synergy expert meeting on ‘Behavioural Science and Public Health: Enhancing impact through policy and practice during COVID-19 and beyond’ at the 36th Annual Conference of the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS), 23-27 August, 2022 in Bratislava https://2022.ehps.net/synergy/  (invited)

Vivi Antonopoulou, Guest speaker at the 36th Annual Conference of the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS), 23-27 August, 2022 in Bratislava on ‘Bridging the gap between policy and research: Experience of working in the Policy Research Unit in Behavioural Science’.

Emily Oliver presented at the 36th Annual Conference of the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS), 23-27 August, 2022 in Bratislava on,  ‘Autonomy in co-located mental health services: impacts on staff and service users’.

Vivi Antonopoulou presented at 5th UK Implementation Science Research Conference, King’s College London, London,14 and 15 July 2022, ‘Using behaviour change theory to assess intervention effectiveness in Audit and Feedback trials (A&F): A method for classifying and analysing interventions’.

Carly Meyer was a panellist on the Psychology of Vaccine Hesitancy, organised by University of Warwick and Cologne University – June 2022

Dave Green (PPIE Lead) and Carly Meyer presented at the ‘Necessary Conversations’ event which was open to academics and the public – May, 2022. On-line presentation. Carly Meyer presented on the vaccine hesitancy project Dave Green on the involvement of PPIE in PRU,

Dave Ray presented at FUSE Conference, 2022, ‘A collaborative approach to development of an intervention’.-

Dave Ray presented at FUSE Conference, 2022, ‘Barriers and facilitators to implementing practice’.

Falko Sniehotta – Presentation at the Annual CDP-CDP Summer School – Collaborative Doctoral Programme in Chronic Disease Prevention – June 2021 on ‘The role of the National Institute for Health Research Policy Research Unit (PRU) in Behavioural Science in informing government policy on chronic disease prevention’.

Carley Meyer presented at the 35th European Health Psychology Society conference, 2021, ‘What behaviour change techniques are used in 262 randomized trials of audit and feedback interventions?’.

Vivi Antonopoulou presented at the 35th European Health Psychology Society conference, 2021, ‘Exploring factors associated with COVID-19 vaccine intention to inform public health interventions in England’.

Louis Goffe et al., poster presentation at the Society for Social Medicine & Population Health 65th Annual Scientific Meeting, 2021, ‘How to support COVID-19 vaccine uptake in those that are either undecided or more resistant to receiving a vaccine in England? Content analysis of survey open text responses’.

Ailkaterini Grimani et al., poster presentation at the Society for Social Medicine & Population Health 65th Annual Scientific Meeting, 2021, ‘PA systematic review of the effectiveness of personal letters to healthcare professionals in changing professional behaviours’.

BSPHN Real World Behavioural Science Podcast (9th November, 2021). A multidisciplinary opportunity with Angel Chater, Professor of Health Psychology & Behaviour Change & Falko Sniehotta, Professor of Behavioural Medicine & Health Psychology. Episode 24

Louis Goffe and Falko Sniehotta – Health Equity Network (HEN), part of Cambridge Public Health, May 2020, ‘How Can Primary Care Prevent Health Inequalities? New Connections and Research Priorities’.

Training Delivered

The first of the interactive workshop to promote the guide to writing policy briefs were delivered to the United Nations (UN) Psychology Coalition Group as a cross unit delivery between UCL, Warwick and Newcastle, April 2022.

Fiona Graham, Aikaterini Grimani and Mei Yee Tang, Training workshop – Introduction to principles of behaviour change  in London to the UCL Partners and Health Innovation Network, March 2022

Carly Meyer and Vivi Antopoulou presented at a seminar entitled, Bridging the gap between policy and research: Experience of working in the Behavioural Science Policy Research. This was a seminar, for the Health Behaviour Change Research Group at Brunel University, February 2022

Vivi Antonopoulou, Research engagement with policymakers: a practical guide to writing policy briefs presented to Centre Behavioural Change, UCL seminar series, 2022

Vivi Antonopoulou & Elise Crayton – “Introduction to Behavioural Science Principles”, Seminar for the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit Academy, September 2021

Vivi Antonopoulou – ‘Nudge or push? The use of behavioural science in local authorities and potential implications for social work practice’, Kingston University, October 2021

Vivi Antonopoulou & Carly Meyer – Optimising A&F intervention effectiveness: Preliminary findings and recommendations from the Cochrane review update – a behavioural science approach, A&F South West Audit Network, November 2021

Vivi Antonopoulou, Carly Meyer & Paul Chadwick – Changing behaviour using the Behaviour Change Wheel Framework: Remote Learning Programme for the Better Health Programme Mexico (Intensive training programme delivered over 6 weeks) – 2020