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13:00 - 14:00 5 July 2017

Increasing research efficiency and synthesis to understand behaviour change interventions in context


Nunn Hall | UCL Institute of Education (link Map)
20 Bedford Way | London | WC1H 0AL | United Kingdom

Open to: Public | Academic
Admission: 0
Ticketing: Open

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Professor Susan Michie, Professor of Health Psychology, UCL Centre for Behaviour Change, Susan Michie is Professor of Health Psychology and Director of the Centre for Behaviour Change at UCL. She co-directs UCL’s MSc in Behaviour Change. Susan Michie’s research focuses on behaviour change in relation to health: how to understand it theoretically and apply theory to intervention development, evaluation and implementation, and to evidence synthesis. Her research investigating innovative methods for developing, evaluating and implementing behavioural interventions is conducted in three main health domains: risk factors amongst the general population (e.g. smoking, excessive alcohol consumption), managing long-term conditions (e.g. diabetes) and professional practice.

Behaviour change is essential if major health problems such as obesity and cancer are to be tackled.

Evidence is needed by researchers, policy-makers and practitioners about the effectiveness of behaviour change interventions in different contexts, that is, ‘what works, compared to what, how well, for whom, in what settings, for what behaviours and why?’ However efforts to synthesise such evidence is hindered by intervention evaluations being poorly reported and by the sheer scale on which they are published.

The Social Science Research Unit at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) hosts Professor Susan Michie, Director of UCL’s Centre for Behaviour Change, to talk about how the efficiency of research and evidence synthesis can be increased. This is the aim of the Human Behaviour Change Project, a collaboration between behavioural, computer and information scientists to build an artificial intelligence system that will bring order to the reporting of behaviour change interventions.


Dylan Kneale
+44 (0)207 612 6020 | d.kneale@ucl.ac.uk


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