News and events


  • Some members of the group (Stephan Dombrowski, Gillian Hubbard and Ronan O’Carroll), in collaboration with some other colleagues (Richard Kyle and Rebecca Skinner) and the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT), recently carried out a project to develop an intervention to improve sun-protective behaviours in young people. The intervention – which took the shape of a teaching module for delivery in schools – was recently rolled out in schools across Scotland. The materials can be found on the TCT website - We look forward to following up with the schools that implement it, and finding out how it goes.
  • Dr Jody Quigley has recently joined us as a Research Fellow in Psychology, having previously worked in the Behavioural Science Centre. Her role will be to provide assistance on all aspects of the group’s work, including help with preparing grant submissions and encouraging patient and public involvement. She will also contribute to the Steering Group. She is based in Psychology and can be contacted via email:

SBMRG meetings

Future meetings

Future meetings to be held are listed below. Further detail on the content of each meeting will be posted nearer the time. Anyone is welcome to come along.


  • TBC: the next meeting will be hosted by Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Health (Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport) – time and venue TBC.


Past meetings

Further details on previous meetings are listed below to give a flavour of our areas of interest.


  • Monday 7th March 2016: hosted by School of Sport

2:00pm – Using the Behaviour Change Wheel to develop an intervention to support breastfeeding maintenance. Catriona Snodin, Division of Psychology, School of Natural Sciences

2:30pm – The opportunity presented by mobile to influence and monitor behaviour change in health. Ross Tuffee CEO and Co-Founder of DOGFI.SH Mobile

3:30pm – PRECIS-2 for designing trials. Kirsty Loudon, School of Health Sciences

4:00pm – Hydration, fluid balance and daily ingestion habits in young and older adults. Nidia Rodriguez-Sanchez, School of Sport

4:30pm – Close.


  • Monday 7th December 2015: hosted by Behavioural Science Centre, Stirling Management School

2:00pm – Format of future meetings. Ronan O’Carroll

Motivational interviewing section:

2:15pm – Effectiveness of motivational interviewing on adult behaviour change in health and social care settings: an overview of reviews. Helen Frost

2:45pm – Developing a competency framework for motivational interviewing: Why? How? Where? And what’s next? Elizabeth Cornwallis

Health behaviours section:

3:30pm – The Daily Mile Project. Naomi Brooks and Colin Moran

4:00pm – Recall of e-cigarette advertising and point of sale displays by 12-17 year olds and relationship to intention to use e-cigarettes in next 6 months. Catherine Best

4:30pm – Close.


  • Monday 7th September 2015: hosted by Psychology, School of Natural Sciences

2:00pm – Stirling Behavioural Medicine Research Group Update. Ronan O’Carroll & Julie Chambers

2:30pm – Developing evidence for behaviour change in pregnant and postnatal women. Sinead Currie

3:30pm – Nutritional labelling: Whose behaviour changes? Rachel Crockett 

4:00pm – Anticipated regret to increase uptake of colorectal cancer screening (ARTICS): a randomised controlled trial. Ronan O’Carroll

4:30pm – Close.


  • Monday 1st June 2015: hosted by Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals (NMAHP), School of Health Sciences

Workshop: Secrets of writing successful behavioural grants

1:00pm – What are the key characteristics of a successful behavioural grant?

Brainstorm and sorting task in groups

1:30pm – Ninja secrets of successful grant-getting.

Perspectives from:

  1. Stirling Management School – Liam Delaney
  2. Psychology – Ronan O’Carroll
  3. Health Sciences – Brian Williams
  4. The research office – Carol Johnston

2:15pm – Spot the difference.

Compare and contrast funded and unfunded grant applications on a particular behavioural topic. Can you identify those that were funded?

2:45pm – The dark art of responding to reviewers comments.

Work in groups to address real reviewer’s comments – how does your response compare to that of the original authors?

3:15pm – Feedback and discussion

3:30pm – Close.


  • Monday 2nd March 2015: hosted by the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences Research Group

2:00pm – Overview of Cross-School Behavioural Medicine Research. Prof Ronan O’Carroll, Division of Psychology, School of Natural Sciences

2:30pm – Psychobiological functioning study of depression. Eimear Crowe Behavioural Science Centre, Stirling Management School

3:00pm – Developing an audio-visual intervention to improve adherence to chest physiotherapy in young children. Dr Emma France NMAHP, School of Health Sciences

3:30pm – Manipulating meal composition/timing to maximise retention of lean mass in older adults. Dr Oliver Witard HESRG, School of Sport

4:00pm – Close.


Other meetings and conferences

Singapore Conference on Applied Psychology: 14th – 15th June 2016

British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology and European Health Psychology Society conference: 23rd – 27th August 2016

UK Society for Behavioural Medicine annual conference: 1st – 2nd December 2016

International Congress of Behavioural Medicine: 7th – 10th December 2016

Society of Behavioural Medicine annual conference 29th March – 1st April 2017



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