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uk society for behavioural medicine CPD Event

Developing Translational Behavioural Interventions for Health

Thursday 30th March 2017 at The Core, Science Central, Newcastle University, Newcastle

Professor Falko Sniehotta - Professor of Behavioural Medicine and Health Psychology
Vera Araujo-Soares - Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology
Fuse ( at Newcastle University

Session Content

The main causes of mortality and morbidity in many parts of the world are behavioural (e.g., smoking, poor diet, lack of physical activity, excess intake of alcohol etc.). Interventions designed to change to change these behaviours at scale have the potential to make a considerable contribution to population health.

There are various methods for intervention development available (e.g. MRC framework; Intervention mapping, 6SQuID etc.) which identify the key steps in developing interventions and provide guidance on how to optimize these. These provide a framework for decision making with a view to optimizing acceptability and effectiveness of interventions. Over the last decade, more and more resources were invested in the development of behavioural interventions, but nevertheless, many interventions developed using these approaches are not effective and/or do not get translated into practice.

During this hands-on workshop, we will apply current guidance and discuss ways of optimizing current best practice. A particular focus will be on developing digital or other interventions in a way that maximizes their potential for translation into practice. The need to bring in not only key stakeholders to the intervention development process but also potential targets/users of the intervention will be discussed and several frameworks that advocate this will be used.

We would encourage participants to bring in their own examples or plans for intervention development or they can use examples provided by the facilitators in order to emulate the process of intervention development. Across various group activities participants will be prompted to think about what makes a good intervention as well as on the process of intervention development and description.

After the end of this workshop participants will have an overview over key methods of intervention development, will be able to apply these to a given problem and will be able to think through the development process with a particular focus on translation.

Are you interested in attending this workshop?

Cost to attend: £135

Registration for this event is now open and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Please note, this event will be credit/debit card payment only at the time of booking, in certain circumstances we may be able to accept bookings with invoice requests.

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

If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 227770.


Thursday 30th March 2017

10:00Event Start
16:30Event Close

Speakers and Facilitators


Prof Falko Sniehotta

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.


Dr Vera Araujo-Soares

My specific expertise is in developing evidence based interventions focusing on self care and self management of chronic conditions (pain, cardiovascular rehabilitation and obesity) as well as on the promotion of health behaviours (e.g. sun protective behaviours, healthy diet and physical activity). My main aims are to develop theoretically and evidence based interventions for behaviour change in order to reduce risk factors and enhance symptom management (e.g. pain), throughout the lifespan.


The Core, Science Central, Newcastle University

THE CORE, Science Central, Bath Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 5TF •  Directions

Satnav postcode for car park NE4 5SQ