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Behaviour change research for improving health outcomes



Staff, Students, Alumni

Speaker: Professor Jill Francis

Examples of theoretically-informed applied research


The Centre for Health Services Research at the School of Health Sciences, City University of London welcomes Professor Jill Francis as part of the Centre for Health Services research seminar series.

Modifiable behaviours have been implicated in a high proportion of deaths and disability, worldwide. Furthermore, investigations of healthcare provision indicate substantial and consistent gaps between the care that people should receive and the care they actually receive. Hence, supporting behaviour change among members of the public and healthcare professionals is key to improving health and health care.

There is thus a growing interest by governments and funders in research that is informed by the methods and models of behaviour change that have been developed in the psychological sciences over the past century. Such research is inherently problem-driven, collaborative and multi-disciplinary.

This presentation illustrates the impact, and challenges, of applying psychological theory and methods in applied health research, using UK-based and multi-national studies of health-related behaviour as examples.

About the speaker

Jill Francis is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, a Health Psychologist registered with the UK Health and Care Professions Council, Professor of Health Services Research at City, University of London, and visiting Senior Scientist at the Centre for Implementation Research at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.

For the past 15 years, Jill has worked in the UK, having research appointments at the universities of Newcastle-on-Tyne and Aberdeen, and City, University of London. She specialises in behaviour change to improve health and health care, and works with research networks in the UK, Canada and Australia.

Jill has been involved in funded research projects to the value of £20 million and has published 160 papers in peer-reviewed journals. She is known, in particular, for her work on behavioural approaches to implementation research.

A light lunch with refreshments will be provided from 12.45pm, presentation will start at 1pm.

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12.45pm - 2.00pmMonday 22nd January 2018

MG26 Myddelton Street Building City, University of London 1 Myddelton Street London EC1R 1UW United Kingdom

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