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13:00 - 14:00 6 June 2018

Celebrating variability and thinking critically about research


TCRU Library | Thomas Coram Research Unit
27-28 Woburn Square | Bloomsbury | London | WC1H 0AA | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Jane Ogden, University of Surrey, Jane Ogden is a Professor in Health Psychology at the University of Surrey where she teaches psychology, nutrition, dietician, medical and vet students to think psychologically about health. She is author of 8 books and 190 academic papers and has just completed a new book on critical thinking. Her research focuses on eating behaviour, obesity management, symptom perception and communication.

Since the 1980s there has been an explosion of theories and research to explore health related behaviours as a means to predict and change what people do. In response, the past few years has seen a drive to synthesise this literature as a means to identify which theories are most useful and which approaches to behaviour change are the most effective.

This talk will critically evaluate this synthesising process and argue that rather than reducing variability (between patients, professionals and theories), this variability should be celebrated as the core to understanding the individual. In addition, this talk will explore the key tensions within any discipline which frame and limit the research we can do: the tension between theories which are overly inclusive versus specific; between knowing now versus waiting; and between speaking to other academics or a more lay audience.


Sarah Lester
+44 (0)2076126606 | sarah.lester@ucl.ac.uk


Part of the SSRU seminar series