Professor Jim McManusChair
Jim McManus is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and is Director of Public Health for Hertfordshire. He is Visiting Senior Clinical Fellow at the University of Hertfordshire and a Visiting Research Fellow at Heythrop College, University of London, working on the links between psychology, health and faith. He is a Membership Secretary of the Association of Directors of Public Health and co Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Cross Divisional Network on Applied Psychology in Public Health. Jim has worked on public health projects in the voluntary sector, NGOs, commercial sector, NHS and local government since 1990. He is committed to realising the benefits health psychology can bring to population health. Outside work his interests are Scots history, languages and powerlifting.
Michelle ConstableChair Elect/Secretary
Michelle Constable is a Health Psychologist in Training based in the Public Health Service at Hertfordshire County Council and undertaking a Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology at University of the West of England. Michelle is currently leading on a number of county wide initiatives including physical activity for older adults and the self-management of long term conditions, which is also the focus of her research. Her work involves taking a strategic approach to embedding behavioural science within the work of local authorities both locally and nationally. She is one of the lead authors of the PHE strategy “Improving People’s Health: Applying behavioural and social sciences to improve population health and wellbeing in England” and a founder member of the Behavioural Science and Public Health Network.
Dr Angel ChaterPast Chair
Dr Angel Chater is a Chartered Psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a Registered Health Psychologist and Sport and Exercise Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). She is a Reader in Health Psychology and Behaviour Change at the University of Bedfordshire, situated within the Institute for Sport and Physical Activity Research (ISPAR) where she leads the Centre in Health, Wellbeing and Behaviour Change. She is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine at UCL School of Pharmacy and a Course tutor to UCL Centre for Behaviour Change’s Summer School. In her roles, she integrates health psychology into non-psychology curriculum, CPD training and applied health research, with a focus on communication skills, behaviour change interventions and adolescent health. She is the UK National Delegate for the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS). She is passionate about the scientific application of health psychology to public health and its role in intervention design. She is working closely with Local and National Government and County Sport Partnerships on the Behaviour Change Agenda.
Neil Howlett is a Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology and Sport Sciences at the University of Hertfordshire. His research focus is behaviour change, with a particular expertise in physical activity. Neil is currently finishing a PhD which has involved designing, implementing, and evaluating the Active Herts programme using evidence-based behaviour change techniques and the COM-B model of behaviour. He is also principal investigator on both Department of Health and Lottery-funded evaluations of a programme aimed at parents of children who are at risk of obesity for the charity HENRY. Additionally Neil supervises several undergraduates and postgraduates. Neil’s role as treasurer (previously Conference Organiser) involves processing payments and sitting on the executive committee of the network
Jo MackenzieWebsite Manager
Jo Mackenzie is a stage 2 trainee health psychologist working in the Public Health Evidence and Intelligence team at Hertfordshire County Council. The main focus of her day to day work is designing and implementing the evaluation of health and well-being projects within Public Health and related areas of the council. She is interested in using a range of analytical methods for both research and evaluation. For her professional doctorate, her research project she is entitled “The social construction of healthy eating: A Foucauldian Discourse Analysis of healthy eating information and advice”. Jo is currently the website manager and responsible for updating the website content.
Professor Katherine BrownPublication Chair
Katherine is Professor of Health Psychology Applied to Public Health and leads the Health Behaviour and Interventions Research team at the Centre for Advances in Behavioural Science at Coventry University. She is a Chartered Psychologist, a full member of the DHP and a Registered Health Psychologist (HCPC). Katherine has held a joint post with Public Health Warwickshire since 2011; has close working relationships with a number of public health departments in the Midlands region and has an honorary contract with Public Health England. Katherine's work has focussed around the development and evaluation of interventions targeted at preventive health behaviours. Her research began in the field of sexual health but has broadened to also include research focussed on addressing the challenges of obesity, smoking cessation and low rates of breastfeeding. She has published widely in journals spanning the disciplines of public health, medicine and psychology and has won funding in excess of £4 million from a range of sources including research councils (British Academy and Medical Research Council), the National Institute for Health Research, the European Commission, the NHS, local government and commercial sources. Katherine has contributed to a number of national strategies including the sexual health care pathway for school nursing, the female genital mutilation (FGM) care pathway for the Department of Health and is currently contributing to the Social and Behavioural Sciences Strategy with Public Health England. Katherine has recently taken on the role of Editor for the Health Psychology in Public Health Network's members' publication, and in doing so has joined a committee with aligned ambitions – to mobilise the evidence base from Health Psychology into public health commissioning and practice.
Dr Lou AtkinsonConference & CPD Sub-Committee Chair
Dr Lou Atkinson has been conducting applied research in the fields of obesity and physical activity for over a decade. Having worked with individual and corporate clients in the health and fitness industry, she completed her MSc Health Psychology in 2007 and was employed as a full time researcher at Coventry University from 2008 to 2017, during which time she also completed a PhD in Health Psychology entitled “A multi-perspective examination of women’s engagement with weight management behaviours and services during pregnancy.” Alongside delivering research studies and consultancy projects for a variety of health-related organisations including public health teams and national charities, Lou also completed a year long secondment as an embedded health psychologist in a public health team. Lou joined Aston University as a Lecturer in Psychology in August 2017 where she continues to develop her research into weight management, dietary and physical activity behaviours in pregnancy, and in childhood obesity, particularly around parental engagement with family weight management services and the National Child Measurement Programme. Lou is excited to join the committee as Conference Chair.
Dr Stefanie WilliamsPublicity & Liaison Chair
Dr Stefanie Williams is a Chartered Psychologist, and is Research Fellow in the Centre for Advances in Behavioural Science (CABS) at Coventry University. Stefanie completed her PhD in Health Psychology in 2015, investigating the role of self-efficacy in changing lifestyle physical activity behaviour. The focus of her research has been on the development and evaluation of theory-based interventions for changing physical activity and other weight-related behaviours. Stefanie has had over 10 years’ experience collaborating with public health departments across the West Midlands and Warwickshire on a range of projects. She is passionate about the translation of health psychology into public health practice, and particularly its role in supporting the efficient design and delivery of new and existing public health services. Stefanie is delighted to have joined the network as a co-opted member, and looks forward to increasing awareness and further development of the network in her new role as Publicity and Liaison Chair.
Tiffany PalmerCPD Chair
Tiffany Palmer is a Health Psychologist in Training based in a Community Learning Setting delivering Health and Well-being sessions both within an adult college, and as outreach in various locations in Southend-on-Sea. Tiffany works as a consultant for agencies concerned with seafaring, and sits on an expert panel for the International Transport Federation. Her research focus is the impact of loneliness on the psychological general well-being of seafarers, and whether this is mediated by their self-efficacy. Tiffany is currently the CPD Chair for the HPPHN and is keen to develop and deliver CPD opportunities that bridge behavioural science and public health.
Sophie DawsonPublicity & Liaison Officer
Sophie has just completed an MSc in Health Psychology at the University of Nottingham, whilst working as Clinical Product Executive for a digital health app company. She has a range of experience working in the healthcare industry across the public, private and third sectors. Sophie worked for nearly four years at the Stroke Association as Information, Advice & Support Co-ordinator for North Derbyshire. During this time, Sophie initiated and led on several successful projects, including the development of a new stroke support group for stroke survivors and carers; a series of mindfulness sessions; and over 20 ‘Know Your Blood Pressure’ events. Sophie has recently started working in a new and exciting role as Local Lead for System Optimisation, Behaviour Change & Quality Improvement for a National Innovation Programme in the NHS. Within the HPPHN, Sophie’s role as Publicity & Liaison Officer – Universities is to promote the HPPHN to academics and students working in the fields of health psychology and public health at universities across the country. She is looking forward to meeting people from a range of disciplines and hopes to expand the network across the UK.
Megan LinscottEvents Officer
Meghan is a Health Psychologist in Training at Staffordshire University who completed her funded two year placement across Public Health and the novel area of Healthy Urban Planning within Stoke-on-Trent City Council. Meghan has seen moved into the NHS as a Research Project Manager. Meghan is passionate about population health and has a wide range of previous experiences including supporting Stroke Survivors with an app-based intervention, managing experiences of health and social care services, as well as supporting students experiencing eating disorders/difficulties. Meghan thoroughly enjoys events, both of a personal and professional nature and is very passionate about moving Health Psychology forward as a profession. Meghan is delighted to be a part of the network.
Professor Mary BarkerScientific Sub-Committee Chair
Mary Barker is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Southampton based at the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit. The focus of her research is to find ways of improving public health through supporting young women to better nourish themselves and their children, thereby preventing the long-term consequences of sub-optimal development in utero and in the first years of life. She is interested in establishing methods of supporting large-scale behaviour change. She is a co-opted member of the Health Psychology in Public Health Network committee, advising and using her links with wider organisations to support the network.
Emma NorrisEvents Organiser
Emma is a Research Associate at the Centre for Behaviour Change, UCL. Emma works as part of the Human Behaviour-Change Project, working to synthesise what we know from behaviour change intervention papers. Her PhD, completed at UCL, involved the development and testing of behaviour change interventions to integrate physical activity into primary school teaching. Emma is interested in using health psychology theory and principles to improve a broad range of public health issues, with specific interests in physical activity and technological interventions.
Alison TroutMidlands & East Regional Lead
Alison is a Chartered Health Psychologist and registered with the HCPC and has a background in Applied Psychology with over 25 years’ experience of working within both clinical and research psychology settings. She has worked clinically within the specialty areas of Pain Management; Cardiac Rehabilitation; Alcohol Reduction; Smoking Cessation and Diabetes Management. She has experience of working within Academic, Public Sector (NHS and LA), and Third Sector organisations.
In her recent career she has worked as a Stop Smoking Service Manager, as Commissioner and Strategic Lead for Lifestyle Services, Tobacco Control, Workplace Wellbeing and Obesity. Until recently, she worked as Strategic Lead for Behavioural Science within a Local Authority.
Alison was part of the writing and review group for the new National Strategy Improving Peoples health: Applying behavioural and social sciences to improve population Health & Wellbeing in England. She now co-ordinates the Midlands and East Regional Behavioural Science Hub.