We are delighted to confirm Susan Michie and Kayla de la Haye as our keynotes for the UKSBM 16th Annual Scientific Meeting.

Kayla de la Haye, PhD

Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine
Keck School of Medicine
Co-Director, USC Center for Applied Network Analysis
Co-Director, Research Development, Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute
University of Southern California

Dr. de la Haye is an Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles. She works to promote health and prevent disease by applying social network analysis and systems science to key public health issues. Her research targets family and community social networks to promote healthy eating and prevent childhood obesity, and explores the role of social networks in how families, teams, and coalitions solve complex problems. She is Treasurer of the International Network of Social Network Analysis (INSNA), and in 2018, she received the INSNA Freeman Award for significant contributions to the study of social structure.

Presentation Title: Network and systems approaches for health interventions, and applications promoting healthy eating

Professor Susan Michie, FAcSS, FMedSci

Director of UCL Centre for Behaviour Change
Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology
University College London

Susan Michie is Professor of Health Psychology and Director of the Centre for Behaviour Change at University College London (www.ucl.ac.uk/behaviour-change). She is co-Director of NIHR’s Behavioural Science Policy Research Unit, leads UCL’s membership of NIHR’s School of Public Health Research and is an NIHR Senior Investigator. Professor Michie’s research focuses on behaviour change in relation to health and the environment: how to understand it theoretically and apply theory to intervention development, evaluation and implementation. Her research, collaborating with disciplines such as information science, environmental science, computer science and medicine, covers population, organisational and individual level interventions. Examples include the Human Behaviour-Change Project (www.humanbehaviourchange.org) and Complex Systems for Sustainability and Health www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/environmental-design/research/research-projects/cussh. She is an investigator on three Covid-19 research projects.

She serves as an expert advisor on the UK’s Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behavioural Science (Covid-19) and is a consultant advisor to the World Health Organisation on Covid-19 and behaviour. She is also expert advisor to Public Health England and the UK Department of Health and Social Care, is Chair of the UK Food Standard Agency’s Social Sciences Advisory Committee and chaired the Academy of Social Science’s ‘Health of People’ project.

Topic: Covid 19: work with SPI-B, Independent SAGE and a behavioural model of transmission

Invited Symposia

We are delighted to confirm our two invited symposia for the Annual Scientific Meeting.

'Successes and future directions for behaviour change interventions'


Elizabeth Murray

Elizabeth Murray is a Professor of eHealth and Primary Care, Clinical Director of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Co-Director of the eHealth Unit at University College London, UK. She practiced as a GP for almost 30 years, retiring from clinical practice in 2019. Her interest in digital health started in the 1990s when she undertook two randomised controlled trials in primary care determining the effects of computerised decision aids on patient treatment choices for Hormone Replacement Therapy (menopausal women) and Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (men). In 2001 she was awarded a Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy from the Commonwealth Fund and spent a year at the University of California San Francisco studying the effects of the internet on the doctor-patient relationship. On her return she was awarded a Department of Health Career Scientist Award (2002 - 07).  She set up the UCL eHealth Unit in 2003, which grew which grew rapidly to be one of the largest, most-respected multi-disciplinary research groups in the field of eHealth in the UK. She has held a Visiting Fellowship at the Department of General Practice in the University of Melbourne, Australia since 2012, and was Head of the Research Department of Primary Care and Population Health 2015 - 2018.  Between 2015 and 2019 she was Managing Director of a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, HeLP Digital, which existed to disseminate evidence-based digital health interventions developed at UCL across the NHS and internationally.  Her grant income for the past 5 years is over £16 million, and she has around 200 publications. 

Falco Sniehotta

Falko is Director of the NIHR Policy Research Unit Behavioural Science at Newcastle University and Professor at Universiteit Twente, in the Netherlands. 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. Falko is past president of the European Health Psychology Society, Associate Editor of Health Psychology Review, and member of the editorial boards of Psychology & Health and the British Journal of Health Psychology. His work has been recognised through honorary fellowships of the Academy of Social Science, the European Health Psychology Society, the American Psychological Association Division 38 and the UK Behavioural Science in Public Health Network. 

Dr Afroditi Stathi

Afroditi Stathi is Associate Professor in Active Ageing and Health at the University of Birmingham. Her research interests cover the promotion of active ageing and the development of lifestyle interventions targeting lifelong health and well-being. She led Project ACE [Active, Connected and Engaged Communities], one of only two UK initiatives to be classified as a promising practice in the national review of 952 initiatives Identifying what works for local physical activity interventions”, published by Public Health England. She recently completed the NIHR-funded REACT study [REtirement in ACTion]. This was a pragmatic multi-centre randomised controlled trial with a 24-month follow up, which tested the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a comprehensive physical activity and health behaviour maintenance programme aiming at preventing mobility-related disability in older people. https://www.thereactstudy.com/

 Her research is firmly based on public engagement and interdisciplinary collaborations with national agencies, national and international academics, policy-makers, primary care trusts, public health departments, service providers, local councils, volunteer organisations and charitable trusts. In 2017, she was awarded the University of Bath Vice-Chancellor’s award for Public Engagement with Research. In 2019, Afroditi served on the Older Adults Expert Working Group for the update of the UK Chief Medical Officer Physical Activity Guidelines.

Afroditi has attracted in excess of £5million in external funding from agencies such as the National Institute for Health Research (Public Health Research Programme), (Research for Patient Benefit programme); MRC (Lifelong Health and Well-being Initiative), (National Prevention Initiative), EPSRC, and European Commission. 

'The New Medical Research Guidance on Developing and Evaluating Complex Interventions'


Professor Sharon Simpson

Sharon is Professor of Behavioural Sciences and Health in the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit. She co-leads the Unit's Complexity programme. She is also Head of the Population Health Research Facility, which supports the design, planning and delivery of high quality community based research and is part of the Glasgow Clinical Trials Unit. She currently leads the Institute of Health and Wellbeing Solutions Focussed Research Theme, which is the largest of the Institutes three research themes. She leads a team of senior staff representing each of the research groups within the Institute to develop a strategy to deliver world class Solution Focussed Research.

Sharon has recently completed a 5 year MRC/University of Glasgow Senior Fellowship. The fellowship focussed on (1) developing a better understanding of social support and social networks and how they can facilitate behaviour change, (2) developing and testing interventions which seek to harness social support and social networks to help initiate and maintain behaviour change and (3) exploring how technology can be used to facilitate this.

Sharon’s main research interests lie in the areas of diet, physical activity, obesity and mental health. She is also interested in social networks and mobile health technologies. She has methodological expertise in randomised controlled trials and in the development and evaluation of complex interventions, as well as mixed methods approaches and process evaluation.

Sharon is a member of the National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment Programme Clinical Evaluation and Trials Committee. She is also a member of the National Institute for Health Research Policy Research Programme Committee and the Chief Scientist Office Health Improvement Protection and Services Committee. She is also a member of the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity and BMC Public Health. She is a member of the UK Society of Behavioural Medicine and is chairing the Local Organising Committee and co-chairing the Scientific Programme Committee for the International Society of Behavioural Medicine Congress 2020.

Professor Laurence Moore

Professor Laurence Moore is Director of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in the University of Glasgow, as well as Co-Programme Leader of the Complexity Programme within the Unit. Prior to taking up that post in 2013, he was Professor of Public Health Improvement at Cardiff University and founding Director of DECIPHer, a UKCRC Public Health Research Centre of Excellence. He is a social scientist and statistician with a track record in the development and evaluation of interventions to improve public health. Working in multidisciplinary teams and in collaboration with policy makers, practitioners and the public, he has completed mixed methods evaluations of diverse interventions and programmes, which have then had a direct impact on policy and practice. These include evaluations of exercise referral schemes, fruit tuck shops, peer-led smoking prevention (the ASSIST trial), the free school breakfast initiative in Wales and smoking cessation in pregnancy. He is a leading expert in the evaluation of complex interventions and is increasingly interested in the application of complex systems concepts and methods to population health intervention research. He was a member of the OSCHR Public Health Board, the National Prevention Research Initiative Scientific Committee, the NIHR Public Health Research Programme Research Funding Board, the MRC/NIHR Methodology Research Programme Panel and Advisory board and is now a member of the MRC Population Health Strategy Group. Laurence has been PI or Co-Investigator on Research Unit, Centre and capacity building grants totalling c.£38M and Research project grants totalling c.£27M.

Dr Kathryn Skivington

Kathryn is employed on an MRC/University of Glasgow Research Fellowship, and is based at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit. Her research interests and experience are broadly related to the social determinants of health, particularly: exploring how employment and welfare benefit receipt are associated with health; related research in multimorbidity; social prescribing and whole-community approaches to health. She is interested in methods used, as well as methodological challenges inherent in evaluating complex public health interventions. A common thread of research projects is the dimension of socioeconomic inequality and the focus on marginalised population groups.

Kathryn previously worked at the Scottish Government, the Institute for Work & Health (Toronto), and completed her PhD at the SPHSU in 2013. She returned to the Unit in 2014, and works in the Policy and Health programme. She has an MSc in Public Health and Health Services Research and a MA in Psychology, both from the University of Aberdeen.

Current/recent projects include: Updating the MRC guidance on complex interventions and the Links Worker Programme Social Prescribing Pilot. She is also Principal Investigator on a forthcoming study taking a systems approach to exploring syndemic health and social condition clustering among individuals who experience a drug-related death. This work is funded by the CSO and is a partnership with the Drugs Research Network for Scotland and other Scottish universities.

Kathryn is a member of the Society for Social Medicine and Population Health, and has sat on the committee, including chairing the ECR sub-committee from 2018-2019.

Kathryn welcomes supervision requests related to recent projects and research interests.

Dr Lynsay Matthews

Lynsay is a Research Fellow in the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit. She currently works on the MRC and NIHR funded guidance update for Developing and Evaluating Complex Interventions (publication expected in late 2019). Lynsay was formerly Trial Manager for the NIHR funded HelpMeDoIt! Study, exploring the use of online technology and social support in the lifestyle behaviour change of obese adults. Lynsay is part of the Unit's Complexity programme

Lynsay is experienced in the use of mixed methods research. She is interested in the use of process evaluations and how these can be used to support the translation of research findings into practice. Her main research interest is lifestyle behaviour change.

In her previous posts, Lynsay has worked on numerous studies including: 

  • Moving on and Feeling Good, a feasibility study exploring factors associated with the health behaviours of adolescents with learning disabilities as they transition from school to adulthood (University of Strathclyde, PI Dr Fiona Mitchell).
  • NHS Grampian’s physical activity consultation service within routine diabetes care (nominated for the Education and Self-Management Award at Diabetes UK, 2016; and runner-up at the Quality in Care Diabetes Award 2015) (PhD research collaborators, University of Strathclyde).
  • Walk Well, an RCT walking intervention for adults with intellectual disability (University of Glasgow, PI Prof Craig Melville); 
  • Leading Better Care, a health services research study exploring the role of Senior Charge Nurses in NHS care provision (University of the West of Scotland, PI Prof Jean Rankin); 
  • Take 5, an RCT dietary interventions for adults with intellectual disability (University of Glasgow, PI Prof Craig Melville); 
  • Living Life to the Full, a cognitive behavioural group interventions for people with anxiety and depression (University of Glasgow, PI Prof Chris Williams); 
  • DASH Study, a longitudinal study exploring adolescent health behaviours (MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, PI Prof Seeromanie Harding); 
  • Walking for Wellbeing in the West 65+,a walking interventions for adults over the age of 65yrs (University of Strathclyde, PI Prof Nanette Mutrie). 

Lynsay’s other roles:

  • Member of the local organising committee for the International Conference of Behavioural Medicine, Glasgow 2020. 
  • Chair of the Solutions Focussed Research Theme webpage and communication subgroup. 
  • Member of the Athena Swan work group for Postgraduate Research.
  • Member of the SPHSU’s Staff Development and Learning Group.

Here are links to Lynsay’s Google Scholar and ORCID pages.

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