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Biology, Behaviour & Environment

Tuesday 8th December 2015 - Wednesday 9th December 2015 at Hilton Newcastle Gateshead

2015 UKSBM 11th Annual Scientific Meeting

The Society invites all behavioural and public health researchers, clinical practitioners, epidemiologists, health and clinical psychologists, medical sociologists, health economists, nurses, pharmacists and all other colleagues interested in the field of behavioural medicine to participate in this two day meeting.

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Keynote Presentations:

Recruitment - the real challenge of challenging behaviour?
Dr Charlie Foster, University of Oxford

Links between aging, cortisol secretion and cognitive function
Prof Angela Clow, University of Westminster

Improving population health: the challenge of environmental interventions
Prof Steve Cummins, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

NPRI Keynote
Preventing weight regain after successful weight loss: Individual and population perspectives
Professor Falko Sniehotta, Newcastle University

Prize Winning Presentations

Positive effects of green space on depression in pregnancy: towards environmental interventions for health
Rosie McEachan

Childhood self-control predicts smoking throughout life: Evidence from 15,000 cohort study participants
Dr Jody Quigley

Tuesday 8th December Presentations

Parallel Session A


Bridging the evidence to practice gap: implementing brief behavioural interventions for risky alcohol consumption in primary healthcare and beyond
Dr Amy O’Donnell, Colin Angus, Dr Niamh Fitzgerald, Bernd Schulte
Discussant: Prof Eileen Kaner


Psychobiological stress: mechanisms, health and wellbeing
Dr Mark Wetherell, Prof Angela Clow, Dr Michael Smith, Prof Daryl O’Connor

Weight Management 1

Perceived weight status and risk of weight gain across life in US and UK adults
Dr Michael Daly

Treatment fidelity in a health advisor led weight-loss intervention: exploring the CAMWEL trial
Dr Emma Godfrey

Health, not weight loss, focused programmes (HNWL) versus conventional weight loss programmes (CWL) for cardiovascular risk factors: A Cochrane review
Nazanin Khasteganan

Development and optimisation of a self-regulation-based intervention to aid the transition from weight loss to weight loss maintenance
Dr Kirby Sainsbury

Smoking Cessation

Recall of e-cigarette advertising and point of sale displays by 12-17 year olds and relationship to intention to use e-cigarettes in next 6 months
Dr Catherine Best

Real-world uptake of a tailored text message smoking cessation programme for pregnant smokers (MiQuit) in non-clinical settings
Dr Joanne Emery

A qualitative investigation into the barriers and facilitators to smoking cessation during pregnancy from three perspectives - pregnant women, their partners and healthcare professionals
Dr Felix Naughton

Impact of advertisements promoting candy-like flavoured e-cigarettes on appeal of tobacco smoking amongst children: an experimental study - we are unable to share this presentation
Dr Milica Vasiljevic

Alcohol 1

Drowning in data: 7,500 responses to a text message intervention
Prof Iain Crombie

The measurable effect of alcohol licensing policy intensity on local alcohol-related hospital admission rates in England
Dr Frank de Vocht

How do we control an unsuitable tendency? The effects of Cue Avoidance training and Inhibitory Control training on alcohol consumption in the laboratory
Lisa Di Lemma

The Effect of an Appearance versus Health Framed Alcohol Awareness Message on Online User Engagement and Behaviour
Anna Sallis

Managing Long-Term Conditions

Can theory-based written resources improve illness coherence without increasing anxiety in people with psoriasis? Findings from the IMPACT patient intervention feasibility study
Karen Kane

A qualitative study of health-seeking behaviour in patients with psoriasis
Dr Jacqueline Simpson

Subjective sleep quality and next-day fatigue in chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS): A daily diary study - we are unable to share this presentation
Prof Alison Wearden

Identifying key biopsychosocial barriers for people with primary Sjögren's syndrome to carrying out every-day behaviours across life situations: a group concept mapping study
Katie Hackett

Parallel Session B


Carrots and sticks for childhood jabs: do financial incentives or school entry policies increase uptake of preschool vaccinations and how acceptable are they?
Dr Jean Adams, Prof Janet Shucksmith, Laura Ternent


The Bristol Girls Dance Project: results of a dance-based cluster-RCT for Year 7 girls and implications for future research - we are unable to share this presentation
Prof Russ Jago, Dr Mark Edwards, Dr Simon Sebire, Emma Bird

Eating and Drinking

Tracking snacking: Real time contextual correlates of high calorie snacking
Dr Julia Allan

The impact of an implementation intention intervention to improve meal times and reduce jet lag in long-haul cabin crew
Cristina Ruscitto

Portion, package or tableware size for changing selection and consumption of food, alcohol and tobacco: Cochrane systematic review
Dr Gareth Hollands

If I miss out the crisps I can have an extra pint": challenges and opportunities in addressing overweight and alcohol
Prof Iain Crombie

Public Health

How did the PRIMIT intervention change hand-hygiene behaviour in 19000 people?
Dr Ben Ainsworth

Reds are more important than greens: how UK supermarket shoppers use the different information on a traffic light nutrition label
Asha Kaur

Associations between supermarket in-store environments and dietary quality are moderated by educational attainment - we are unable to share this presentation
Dr Christina Vogel

How can we help parents recognise an unhealthy body weight in their children? The 4 & UPP Study
Dr Angela Jones

Delivering Healthcare

Is there a role for patients and their relatives in escalating clinical deterioration in hospital? A systematic review
Abigail Albutt

Attitudes towards health promotion practices in pre-registered nurses: relationship with body weight and self-perception
Holly Blake

Doctor-patient relationship and quality of life in Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Katrin Hulme

Theory-based process evaluation alongside the cluster randomised controlled 'IDEA' trial targeting multiple behaviour change in primary care clinicians%u2019 management of type 2 diabetes [ISRCTN66498413 ::]
Dr Justin Presseau

Theory, Frameworks and Methodology

A methodology for identifying links from behaviour change techniques to theoretical mechanisms of action
Dr Rachel Carey

Do Self-Incentives and Self-Rewards Change Behaviour? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Emma Brown

The development of a taxonomy of components for healthcare professional training interventions
Dr Katherine Perryman

Wednesday 9th December Presentations

Parallel Session C


Implementing evidence based guidelines for public health in local authorities
Prof Mark Petticrew, Prof Mike Kelly, Prof Susan Michie
Discussant: Prof Martin White

Structured Discussion

Downsizing: how can the behavioural sciences inform public health efforts to reduce portion size?
Prof Susan Jebb, Dr Eric Robinson, Prof Peter Rogers, Prof Theresa Marteau

Alcohol 2

Personalised digital interventions for reducing hazardous and harmful alcohol consumption in community-dwelling populations
Colin Muirhead

Behaviour change techniques used in digital interventions to reduce excessive alcohol consumption
David Crane

Theory content of digital interventions for reducing alcohol consumption: a systematic review
Claire Garnett

Acceptability of and engagement with digital interventions for reducing hazardous or harmful alcohol consumption in community-dwelling populations: a systematic review
Fiona Beyer

Children and Young People

Qualitative synthesis of young people's views of sex and relationship education (SRE)
Dr Pandora Pound

What factors to target to increase physical activity behaviours in children with disabilities? A cross-sectional mixed methods study - we are unable to share this presentation
Dr Niina Kolehmainen

Are parental motivations to exercise and aspirations for health associated with the physical activity behaviour of parents and their children?
Dr Emma Solomon

Can't play, won't play: longitudinal changes in perceived barriers to participation in sports clubs across the child-adolescent transition - we are unable to share this presentation
Dr Laura Basterfield


A systematic review of the effectiveness of peer support to reduce cardiovascular risk
Dr Claire McEvoy

Increasing uptake of NHS Health Checks - Findings from two pragmatic randomised controlled trials
Anna Sallis

The Community-based Prevention of Diabetes (ComPoD) study: a randomised, waiting list controlled trial of the voluntary sector-led Living Well, Taking Control (LWTC) programme
Dr Jane Smith

Socioeconomic differences in symptom appraisal and help-seeking for breast changes in the UK: A qualitative comparison study - we are unable to share this presentation
Dr Afrodita Marcu

Pregnancy and Maternal Health

Evaluation of the implementation of a complex intervention (babyClear) to promote increased smoking cessation rates among pregnant women in maternity care
Dr Ruth Bell

Interest in and use of smoking cessation support across pregnancy and after delivery
Dr Felix Naughton

Using the Behaviour Change Wheel to develop a psychological intervention to maintain breastfeeding
Catriona Snodin

Long term impact of the Healthy Eating and Lifestyle in Pregnancy (HELP) trial: participants' experiences two years on
Dunla Gallagher

Parallel Session D

NPRI Workshop

Knowledge translation


Monitoring alcohol consumption in England: The Alcohol Toolkit StudyDr Emma Beard, Frank de Vocht, Colin Angus, Dr Jamie Brown
Chair: Prof Susan Michie
Discussant: Prof Eileen Kaner

Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour

Do web-based competitions promote physical activity? A randomised controlled trial
Dr Andrew Prestwich

Real-time associations between executive function and sedentary behaviour in daily life
Dr Daniel Powell

Individual and structural influences on parent's transport choices for the school run: a qualitative interview study
Dr Sara Ahern

Primary Care

Reducing antibiotic prescriptions in general practice at low cost using behavioural insights: a pragmatic national randomised controlled trial
Tim Chadborn

The Influence of GPs' Communication Strategies on Patient Participation in Decision-Making
Dr Rachel Adams

The impact of the 2012 revision to the UK primary care pay-for-performance system on general practitioners%u2019 provision of smoking cessation support
Prof Paul Aveyard

Training healthcare professionals in motivational interviewing to optimise psoriasis self-management: The IMPACT study practitioner intervention
Dr Anna Chisholm

Weight Management 2

Protocol and baseline characteristics of the NULevel randomised, controlled trial of a scalable, technology-assisted weight loss maintenance intervention for obese adults after clinically significant weight loss
Dr Vera Araujo-Soares

The Weight Loss Maintenance in Adults (WILMA) trial: mediators of weight maintenance outcomes
Dr Sharon Simpson

Promoting fidelity in a behavioural intervention - The Baby Milk Trial
Ann-Marie Wardell

Impact of enhanced National Child Measurement Programme feedback letters to parents of overweight children on uptake of weight management services – A Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial across schools in 3 English counties - we are unable to share this presentation
Karen Tan

Rehabilitation and Self-Care

The feasibility and acceptability of referral of post-surgical colorectal cancer survivors to cardiac rehabilitation: A pilot randomised controlled trial with embedded qualitative study
Dr Gill Hubbard

Working-age cardiac rehabilitation attendees, experiences and illness perceptions - a gender-sensitive qualitative synthesis
Rachel Nutt

The impact of psychological preparation on postoperative outcomes for adults undergoing elective surgery: A systematic review - we are unable to share this presentation
Dr Rachael Powell

Using mixed methods case-series evaluation in the development of a guided self-management hybrid CBT and ACT intervention for Multiple Sclerosis pain
Anthony Harrison

Parallel Session E


The New NHS England/NHS Scotland competence framework for psychological interventions for people with Long Term Conditions (LTC) and Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS): Implications for research and practice
Prof Alison Wearden, Prof Rona Moss-Morris, Dr Chris Bundy, Dr Vivien Swanson

Structured Discussion

SWOTting up on exercise referral 2013 how do we instigate behavioural change?
Dr Paula Watson, Dr Rebecca Murphy, Prof Adrian Taylor
Discussant: Dr Christopher Gidlow


Funding for behavioural researchBy Cancer Research UK, Wellcome Trust, MRC and NIHR
Lucy Davies, João Rangel de Almeida, Martin White

Alcohol 3

The effect of beliefs about alcohol on inhibitory control and the alcohol priming effect
Graeme Knibb

Exploring the Antecedents of Student Binge Drinking
Ellen Lynch

Immediate effects of alcohol marketing communications on consumption and cognition: A systematic review and meta-analysis of experimental studies - we are unable to share this presentation
Dr Kaidy Stautz

Adherence and Attendance

Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the Adherence Improving self-Management Strategy (AIMS) in HIV-care
Prof Marijn de Bruin

Effects of interventions promoting monitoring of medication use and brief messaging on medication adherence for people with type 2 diabetes: systematic review of randomised trials
Prof David French

Anticipated regret to increase uptake of colorectal cancer screening (ARTICS): a randomised controlled trial
Prof Ronan O'Carroll

Personal beliefs, cognitions and self-control

Telling a story to change behaviour: evaluation of a narrative based intervention
Dr Linda Irvine

Resilience predicts the maintenance of health behaviour change: A six month longitudinal study of New Year resolutions
Catriona Snodin

Childhood self-control and mortality by midlife
Dr Michael Daly

Factors associated with fatigue in haemodialysis patients: the importance of patients%u2019 cognitions and behaviours
Dr Joseph Chilcot

Pre-Conference Workshops

We were pleased to offer 3 Pre-Conference Workshops on Monday 7th December. These workshops ran 12.30-17.00 at Research Beehive, Old Library Building (Level 2), Newcastle University.

Process evaluation of complex interventions: Medical Research Council guidance
Facilitators: Graham Moore and Wendy Hardeman

Improving the normalisation of complex interventions in health: Normalisation Process Theory (NPT)
Facilitators: Tracy Finch, Tim Rapley and Melissa Girling

Designing and evaluating behaviour change interventions: Using the Behaviour Change Wheel and Behaviour Change Technique Taxonomy (v1)
Facilitators: Caroline Wood and Rachel Carey

Further information on the workshops can be found by clicking here.

UKSBM Registration Bursaries

UKSBM bursary awards were available to assist early career researchers to attend the annual scientific meeting with applications accepted until Friday 18th September 2015.

Social Activites

The Local Organising Committee have created a social programme for during your time in Newcastle. This can be found by clicking here and includes a social event on Monday 7th December and a morning yoga session on Tuesday 8th December as well as some information on various local activities.

Scientific and Local Organising Committee:
Scientific Committee Chair: Prof Eileen Kaner
Local Organising Committee co-chairs: Dr Justin Presseau and Dr Niina Kolehmainen

Further information on the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine can be found by visiting the society website;

Registration fees can be found on the booking form. If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 227770.

Speakers and Facilitators


Prof Angela Clow

Keynote Speaker
Angela Clow is a Professor of Psychophysiology based in the Department of Psychology at the University of Westminster. Angela is trained in neuroscience and psychology and likes to work at the interface of these disciplines. For her PhD (Institute of Psychiatry, London) she explored the mechanism of action of antipsychotic drugs, during her post-doctoral studies (Royal Postgraduate Medical School, London) she developed an interest in the biochemistry of stress. In 1989 she joined the University of Westminster where she became a founder member of the interdisciplinary Psychophysiology and Stress Research Group.

Her current research investigates the physiological pathways by which stress and well-being can affect health and performance. In particular she studies daily patterns of cortisol secretion, a hormone important in the regulation of day-night cycles as well as stress responding. She is particularly interested in the ways exercise, light and season can affect health and performance. Her work has been funded by the Wellcome Trust, ESRC, NIHR, the British Academy and the Nuffield Trust. She has published over 130 peer-reviewed papers, 5 books, and 30 book chapters or reviews. Angela is a National Teaching Fellow and a frequent public speaker.


Dr Charlie Foster

Keynote Speaker
Charlie Foster, PhD is Deputy Director of the Research Group and the new WHO Collaborating Centre on Population Approaches to Non-Communicable Disease Prevention. He leads two British Heart Foundation funded programmes of research on physical activity and obesity. The aim of both programmes is to improve the quality of the evidence base for basic epidemiology, measurement, correlates, interventions and policy.

With over one hundred research publications including the Lancet, BMJ, and Cochrane Collaboration, he was asked to co-author the recent UK Chief Medical Officer physical activity guidelines, published in 2011. Dr Foster was appointed to the new NICE Public Health Advisory Committee, and as an academic consultant for the WHO, EC and CDC USA. His research has been recognised in awards from British Association of Sports and Exercise Sciences, International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity and UK Department of Health.

In 2011 Dr Foster was appointed an honorary Professor at the Centre for Research and Action in Public Health, Faculty of Health, University of Canberra and also holds honorary academic posts at the Wolfson Research Institute, School of Medicine and Health at the University of Durham, and at the Institute of Human Sciences at the University of Oxford University.


Prof Steve Cummins

Keynote Speaker
Steven, a geographer (BSc) with training in epidemiology (MSc) and public health (PhD), joined LSHTM after holding posts at Queen Mary, University of London and the MRC Social & Public Health Sciences Unit in Glasgow.

Steven has been Academic Visitor at The Pennsylvania State University (2004) and Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Social Epidemiology & Population Health, University of Michigan (2005–06). He has served on the committee of the RGS-IBG Geography of Health Research Group and the BSA Sociology of Food Group and, at various times, has undertaken work as an ‘invited expert’ for the Food Standards Agency, Department of Health, Department for Transport, Canadian Insititutes for Health Research, Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, Scottish Government, US National Cancer Institute and the US National Academy of Science. He has been a full committee member of the Society for Social Medicine (2006–2009), an appointed member of the Food Standards Agency Social Science Research Committee (2008–11) and a member of the NICE PDG on the Prevention of Pre-diabetes (2009–11).

He is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition & Physical Activity and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. Steven currently sits on the NIHR Public Health Research Programme Funding Board, the Research Implementation Board of London Cancer and the MRC Strategic Skills Fellowship Panel.


Prof Falko Sniehotta

Keynote Speaker
Falko is a behavioural scientist. His research programme aims at developing and testing a) interventions to change behaviours relevant to health and health care, b) theory of behaviour change and c) research methods for behavioural research. The research portfolio includes studies with patients, health care professionals and members of the public. This research is conducted with his colleagues in the IHS, the Newcastle Health Psychology Group and colleages nationally and internationally. The research is translational, multi-methodological and multidisciplinary.

Falko is past president of the European Health Psychology Society, Associate Editor of Health Psychology Review, and member of the editorial boards of the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Psychology & Health and the British Journal of Health Psychology.


Hilton Newcastle Gateshead

Bottle Bank, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE8 2AR •  Website•  Directions

Stay in the heart of the city center, right next to the Quayside, at Hilton Newcastle Gateshead. This Newcastle hotel is situated between the famous Tyne and Swing Bridges which link Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside. The Conference Dinner will be held at BALTIC, less than 10 minute walk from Conference Venue along quayside and the Tyne.

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