Dr Suhana BegumAssistant Publication Editor
I am a Behaviour Change Specialist, currently working as Workplace Wellbeing Lead in a local authority. I was a member of PDG for NICE PH49. My specialist areas of work include alcohol and substance use,(in the past being Regional Alcohol Manager for W Mids); MECC design, development and implementation; and application of behavioural science frameworks in local authority settings. I am currently a member of the RSPH expert reference group for mental health MECC.
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.
Dr Michelle ConstableChair Elect
Michelle Constable is a Chartered Health Psychologist leading the Behaviour Change Unit at Hertfordshire County Council. Based in the Public Health Service and currently leading on behavioural science aspects of the response to Covid-19 for the organisation as well as leading the Public Mental Health Cell. This includes workstreams supporting the workforce as well as the residents of Hertfordshire across the life course. Broader work also includes leading on embedding behavioural science across Hertfordshire County Council and supporting strategic approaches for embedding behavioural science both locally and nationally. Michelle is also the Chair Elect of the Behavioural Science and Public Health Network (BSPHN) and 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”. Her role within the BSPHN includes leading the on the development of communities of practice across England to support regions to build behavioural science skills and capacity at a local level.
Professor Angel ChaterPast Chair
Professor 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 Professor 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 an Associate and 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 current Chair of the British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology (DHP) and 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.
Dr Neil HowlettTreasurer
Neil Howlett is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology and Sport Sciences at the University of Hertfordshire. His research focus is behavioural science, with particular expertise in predicting and changing physical activity. Neil’s PhD involved designing, implementing, and evaluating the community-based Active Herts programme using evidence-based behaviour change techniques and the COM-B model to help improve physical activity and wellbeing levels for inactive adults. He publishes in, and reviews for, journals across the spectrum of behavioural science. He is also leading 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 is part of a research team running a large NIHR grant testing the feasibility of exercise as a treatment for young people living with depression. Neil’s role as treasurer (previously Conference Organiser) has involved sitting on the executive committee and playing a key role in launching the behavioural and social science strategy and regional behavioural science hubs.
Dr Jo MackenzieWebsite Manager
Jo Mackenzie is a qualified 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 both qualitative and quantitative analytical methods for both research and evaluation. For her professional doctorate, her research project she was 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 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.
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.
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.
Dr. Emma NorrisConference Chair
Emma is a Lecturer in Public Health at Brunel University and an Associate at the Centre for Behaviour Change, UCL. Emma's work involves the development of ontologies to synthesise what we know from behaviour change intervention papers and using health psychology theory and principles to improve a broad range of public health issues, with specific interests in physical activity and technological interventions.
Lesley LewisPublication Assistant
Lesley is a Public Health Practitioner in the Behaviour Change Team at Public Health Wales and a Trainee Health Psychologist at Staffordshire University. Her work involves applying the latest evidence in behavioural science to the development of public health interventions, as well as embedding the application of behavioural science within public health practice. Lesley has worked across a wide range of topics in health improvement and health protection, including obesity, smoking, physical activity, screening, and vaccinations and has delivered numerous training workshops to support public health professionals to apply behavioural science to their work.
Within the committee, Lesley is a Publication Assistant and is keen to share learning in the application of behavioural science and to bridge the gap between academia and practice. She is looking forward to contributing to and developing the work of the BSPHN network.
Dr Donna Doherty-KellyPublicity and Liaison Officer
Donna is a Health Psychologist who works within the public health team at Barts Health Trust, as a Health Improvement Manager. Her work focuses on increasing alcohol and tobacco screening and the delivery of brief interventions across the trust by a range of staff.
Previously, she was worked on developing interventions and services to increase cervical screening awareness and attendance, and she was also worked on adult weight management, dementia, winter wellness, fuel poverty, bone health and workplace health consultancy. Her thesis focused on employee's experiences of brief workplace MBCT within a local authority setting.
Donna is interested in testing and embedding health psychology theories, models and behaviour change techniques across public health services.
Donna manages the social media accounts for BSPHN in order to promote the network and it's work.