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After receiving my BSc (Hons) Psychology at the University of Leeds, I then completed an MSc Health Psychology at Coventry University. I am currently completing my PhD by Publication at Coventry University. My PhD, titled ‘The role of self-efficacy in changing lifestyle physical activity behaviour’, is due for submission in February 2015. I have worked as researcher since 2007, firstly as a Research Assistant and more recently as a Research Fellow. My area of research has been physical activity and obesity intervention development, with a specific focus on the role of self-efficacy. I have published systematic reviews that have aimed to identify which behaviour change techniques are most effective at changing both self-efficacy and physical activity behaviour. As a result I was also involved in developing the CALO-RE (Coventry Aberdeen LOndon – REfined) behaviour change techniques taxonomy. I have also worked on a MRC-funded randomised controlled trial of a walking intervention delivered in general practice.

Research Interests

Physical Activity and walking ; Health behaviour intervention development ; Psychological mediators of behaviour change

Vision Statement

My research stems from my general interest in health-related behaviour, with a specific interest in understanding the reasons why people participate in healthy and unhealthy behaviours. This has inspired my research into understanding how to change both the determinants of health behaviour and behaviour itself, particularly physical activity, and the subsequent integration of this knowledge into the development of behaviour change interventions for the general population. I hope to conduct this work with different populations, and for different behaviours, in my future research to build an evidence-base of effective behaviour change techniques.

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Research Output 2008 2017

7 Citations (Scopus)

Can it be harmful for parents to talk to their child about their weight? A meta-analysis

Gillison, F. B., Lorenc, A. B., Sleddens, E. F. C., Williams, S. L. & Atkinson, L. 14 Oct 2016 In : Preventive Medicine. 93, p. 135-146

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Weights and Measures
Self Concept
Weights and Measures
Health Services Needs and Demand
9 Citations (Scopus)

The effects of a brief intervention to promote walking on Theory of Planned Behavior constructs: A cluster randomized controlled trial in general practice

Williams, S., Michie, S., Dale, J., Stallard, N. & French, D. P. 2015 In : Patient Education and Counseling. 98, 5, p. 651-659

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
General Practice
Randomized Controlled Trials
Allied Health Personnel

Activities 2009 2013

  • 6 Participation in conference

British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference

Williams, S. (Speaker)
11 Sep 201313 Sep 2013

Activity: Participation in conference

Coventry University Faculty of HLS Research Conference

Williams, S. (Speaker)
25 Mar 2013

Activity: Participation in conference

British Psychological Society’s Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference

Williams, S. (Speaker)
5 Sep 20127 Sep 2012

Activity: Participation in conference

25th Conference of the EHPS

Williams, S. (Speaker)
20 Sep 201124 Sep 2011

Activity: Participation in conference