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Since completing a PhD studentship at Sheffield Hallam University in 2004 Professor Katherine Brown has held posts as Lecturer and later Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Coventry University and for three years was Course Director of the MSc Health Psychology programme. In September 2011, Dr Brown took up the position of Reader in eHealth and Wellbeing Interventions, a joint post between Coventry University and Public Health Warwickshire. In September 2017 she was conferred with a Professorship. She has published papers in psychology, medical and public health journals and obtained funding from research councils including the British Academy and Medical Research Council, the National Institute for Health Research, the European Commission and commercial sources. Professor Brown is currently Lead of the Health Behaviour and Interventions Research sub-theme in the Centre for Advances in Behavioural Science. Prof Brown’s research interests include the application of psychological behavioural change theories and evidence to the design and development of public health interventions; the application of eHealth as a format for intervention delivery; interventions to support sexual health and wellbeing outcomes, including the work looking at ending Female Genital Mutilation amongst migrant African communities in Europe. Evaluation of interventions is also a key focus of her work.


Area of Expertise:


  • Expertise in behaviour change intervention development and public health
  • Intervention evaluation using a range of methodologies
  • Particular expertise in using eHealth formats for intervention delivery
  • Co-production of interventions with end-users and stakeholders
  • Particular expertise in sexual health and wellbeing
  • Particular interest in issue of female genital mutilation (FGM) in migrant communities in the EU

Research Interests

eHealth; Public Health; Sexual Health; Behaviour Change; Health Psychology; Intervention development and evaluation

Vision Statement

Understanding how real-world problems can be addressed by the scientific evidence-base has always been what has interested me about a career in research. I want my work to address important health and wellbeing issues through developing and evaluating interventions informed by clear theoretical thinking, rigorous systematic approaches and the evidence about what is most likely to be effective in bringing about positive change.

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Projects 2011 2023

What is the best way to promote self-efficacy using digital interventions? A systematic review with meta-analysis

Newby, K., Teah, G., Cooke, R., Li, X., Brown, K., Salisbury-Finch, B., Kwah, K., Bartle, N., Curtis, K., Fulton, E., Parsons, J., Dusseldorp, E. & Williams, S.


Project: Research

Development of a digital intervention to increase condom use amongst those self-testing for Chlamydia

Newby, K., Bailey, J. V., Crutzen, R., Brown, K., Szczepura, A., Hurt, J., Alston, T., Saunders, J., Sadiq, T. & Satyajit, D.


Project: Research

Research Output 2005 2019

National Health Programs
Public Health
6 Downloads (Pure)

An Intervention to Increase Condom Use Among Users of Chlamydia Self-Sampling Websites (Wrapped): Intervention Mapping and Think-Aloud Study

Newby, K., Crutzen, R., Brown, K., Bailey, J. V., Saunders, J., Szczepura, A., Hunt, J., Alston, T., Sadiq, T. & Satyajit, D., 1 May 2019, In : JMIR Formative Research. 3, 2, 14 p., e11242.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
National Health Programs
Motion Pictures
8 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Referral and Consultation
Randomized Controlled Trials
Appointments and Schedules

The evidence for behavioural interventions addressing condom use fit and feel issues to improve condom use: A Systematic Review.

Anstee, S., Shephard, J., Graham, C., Stone, N., Brown, K., Newby, K. & Ingham, R., 21 Jun 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Sexual Health. (In-press), p. (In-press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Safe Sex
Self Efficacy
2 Citations (Scopus)
3 Downloads (Pure)

Are digital interventions for smoking cessation in pregnancy effective? A systematic review and meta-analysis

Griffiths, S., Parsons, J., Fulton, E., Naughton, F., Tombor, I. & Brown, K., 2018, In : Health Psychology Review. 12, 4, p. 333-356 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Smoking Cessation
Odds Ratio
Text Messaging

Activities 2006 2015

  • 8 Participation in conference

Public Health Excellence Conference

Katherine Brown (Speaker)
6 Mar 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

IRCH 20th Anniversary Annual Conference

Katherine Brown (Speaker)
4 Dec 20145 Dec 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference

Katherine Brown (Speaker)
15 Sep 201017 Sep 2010

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology Conference

Katherine Brown (Speaker)
9 Sep 200911 Sep 2009

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

EHPS annual conference

Katherine Brown (Speaker)
23 Sep 200926 Sep 2009

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference