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Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Ella is a post-doctoral researcher in the fields of health and social psychology. She joined City University London in September 2015. Ella previously worked at the University of Sussex.

Ella obtained both her BA (Hons.) in Social Psychology and MSc in Health Psychology at the University of Sussex. Following her MSc, Ella went on to work as a researcher at the same university under the supervision of Professor Charles Abraham, and worked on a number of health and environmental research projects before going on to complete her PhD studies. Her thesis concerned the issue of household food waste from a social psychological perspective. Specifically, the programme of research had two main aims. The first of these was to investigate antecedents of household food waste reduction and barriers to change. The second aim was to explore potential behavior change techniques to increase motivation to reduce household food waste.

Alongside her PhD, Ella taught research methods and lead seminar groups for first year psychology students.

Ella is currently a full-time Research Fellow at City University London, working on a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR HTA) funded project, which aims to assess what works to increase diabetic retinopathy screening attendance. It also aims to identify barriers and enablers associated with screening attendance.


BA (Hons), MSc, PhD


Research Overview

Ella is a mixed method researcher with an interest in design, evaluation and implementation of evidence-based behaviour change interventions. She is especially interested in identifying barriers and enablers to behavior change across a range of health and social issues.

Research Areas

Behaviour change theories; Behaviour change techniques; Implementation science; dentification of barriers and enablers of behaviour change; Health psychology; Social psychology

Principal collaborators

Professor Jill Francis (City University London); Professor John Lawrenson (City University London); Dr Fabiana Lorencatto (City University London); Dr Donna Jesssop (University of Sussex); Dr Paul Sparks (University of Sussex); Professor Charles Abraham (University of Exeter); Dr Ben Gardner (King’s College London)


Journal Articles (7)

  1. Lawrenson, J.G., Graham-Rowe, E., Lorencatto, F., Presseau, J., Burr, J., Ivers, N., Quartilho, A., Bunce, C., Francis, J.J., Grimshaw, J.M., Peto, T., Rice, S. and Vale, L. (2016). Interventions to increase attendance for diabetic retinopathy screening. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2016(1) . doi:10.1002/14651858.CD012054.
  2. Graham-Rowe, E., Lorencatto, F., Lawrenson, J.G., Burr, J., Grimshaw, J.M., Ivers, N.M., Peto, T., Bunce, C., Francis, J.J., Vale, L., Presseau, J., Quartilho, A. and Rice, S. (2016). Barriers and enablers to diabetic retinopathy screening attendance: Protocol for a systematic review. Systematic Reviews, 5(1) . doi:10.1186/s13643-016-0309-2.
  3. Graham-Rowe, E., Jessop, D.C. and Sparks, P. (2015). Predicting household food waste reduction using an extended theory of planned behaviour. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 101, pp. 194–202. doi:10.1016/j.resconrec.2015.05.020.
  4. Graham-Rowe, E., Jessop, D.C. and Sparks, P. (2014). Identifying motivations and barriers to minimising household food waste. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 84, pp. 15–23. doi:10.1016/j.resconrec.2013.12.005.
  5. Graham-Rowe, E., Gardner, B., Abraham, C., Skippon, S., Dittmar, H., Hutchins, R. and Stannard, J. (2012). Mainstream consumers driving plug-in battery-electric and plug-in hybrid electric cars: A qualitative analysis of responses and evaluations. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 46(1), pp. 140–153. doi:10.1016/j.tra.2011.09.008.
  6. Graham-Rowe, E., Skippon, S., Gardner, B. and Abraham, C. (2011). Can we reduce car use and, if so, how? A review of available evidence. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 45(5), pp. 401–418. doi:10.1016/j.tra.2011.02.001.
  7. Abraham, C. and Graham-Rowe, E. (2009). Are worksite interventions effective in increasing physical activity? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Health Psychology Review, 3(1), pp. 108–144. doi:10.1080/17437190903151096.

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