The contribution of Health Psychology: Developing, evaluating and implementing complex interventions with reach
Professor David French
Chaired by Prof Rona Moss-Morris
Many health psychology interventions, in common with most clinical psychology interventions are delivered face-to-face, and therefore struggle to reach large numbers of people. Given that many health issues (e.g. overweight, excess alcohol consumption, low wellbeing) affect millions of people, these approaches are not good solutions to major public health problems.
I will present three ongoing areas of research on interventions that are designed to reach hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people. These are:
- Text messaging interventions to promote medication adherence to be offered to all relevant people with type 2 diabetes.
- Incorporating risk-adjusting screening into the NHS Breast Screening Programme.
- Changing the physical environment within Manchester, to promote physical activity and well-being.
For each area of work, I will aim to show (i) how the approach is appropriate for population health problems, (ii) how health psychology contributes to the solution of these problems, and (iii) how each involve working with partners to allow these interventions to be implemented to reach numbers of people, and thereby improve public health.
No need to reserve your place, all are welcome! (limited seating available)
Networking reception after each seminar until 18:00