Behaviour Change

The behaviour change programme provides a platform for research into the development, evaluation and translation of public health interventions (any type of treatment, preventive care, or test that a person could take or undergo) to help people to change their behaviour to improve their health.

Based on national public health priorities, our research focuses on physical activity, diet, tobacco, alcohol consumption, and health care habits. We have strong links to the other Fuse research programmes to support behaviour change in early life and adolescence and later life, explore the relationship between behaviour change and inequalities, and translate findings to our policy and practice partners in the NHS, local government and other public, private and voluntary organisations.

We collaborate with the other UKCRC Public Health Research Centres of Excellence, the NIHR School for Public Health Research through their alcohol and healthy ageing themes, and the Public Health Research Consortium (PHRC).

The programme objectives are to:

  • Advance methods for the development, evaluation and translation of public health behaviour change interventions 
  • Use and share the findings from studies within the programme to advance the field of behaviour change research 
  • Develop the evidence base for arranging and tailoring interventions for individuals and the wider community 
  • Develop interventions to maintain healthy behaviour changes, in particular leading to weight loss among overweight people who have shown initial weight loss 
  • Generate understanding about how unhealthy behaviours can best be changed in disadvantaged populations, including the role of public engagement strategies  
  • Develop targeted digital interventions to promote healthy behaviour in key groups, including older adults.

Programme Investigators

  • Dr Vera Araujo Soares - Programme Leader, Newcastle University
  • Dr Angela Rodrigues - Deputy Programme Leader, Northumbria University
  • Dr Emma Giles - Deputy Programme Leader, Teesside University
  • Professor Carolyn Summerbell - Principal Investigator, Durham University
  • Professor Ashley Adamson - Principal Investigator, Newcastle University
  • Professor Falko Sniehotta - Principal Investigator, Newcastle University
  • Dr Liane Azevedo - Principal Investigator, Teesside University
  • Professor Alan Batterham - Principal Investigator, Teesside University
  • Dr Katie Haighton - Principal Investigator, Northumbria University
  • Professor Eileen Kaner - Principal Investigator, Newcastle University
  • Dr Amelia Lake - Principal Investigator, Teesside University
  • Dr Jonathan Ling - Principal Investigator, University of Sunderland
  • Dr Dorothy Newbury-Birch - Principal Investigator, Teesside University
  • Dr Shelina Visram, Principal Investigator, Newcastle University
  • Mrs Sarah Smith - Programme PhD student, Durham University