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I joined the University of Bath as a lecturer of psychology in June 2014. I completed my PhD at Swansea University (2010). This research investigated the generalisation of self-efficacy judgements to novel stimuli after evaluative learning.  I studied the mechanisms involved in the generation and transfer of negative and positive self-evaluations through derived stimulus relations. My aim was to provide a better model of how such evaluations about many aspects of people’s lives (the future, the environment etc.) are common place in people who are suffering from depression and anxiety disorders. 

From 2010 to 2014 I worked as a Research Fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry and a Research Associate at University College London on two interdisciplinary programme grants funded by the NIHR. Both projects were to develop, evaluate and implement complex health interventions in NHS settings. Safewards is an intervention designed to reduce conflict and containment within acute psychiatric wards and ‘HeLP-Diabetes’ is an internet intervention designed to improve self-management skills in people with type 2 diabetes in primary care.  

My research interests include: the role of evaluative learning and environmental contingencies in the development of preferences; the factors involved in caffeine consumption; stimulus equivalence and Relational Frame Theory; complex health interventions (with special interest in the self-management of long term conditions and mindfulness and acceptance based interventions). I am an associate editor of the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science which is the official Journal for the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science.

Research interests

  • Evaluative Learning, Preference and Self-efficacy
  • Behaviour Change Interventions
  • Use of Mobile Technology for Health Applications
  • Self-management of Long Term Conditions
  • Patient and Public Involvement in Research/Participatory Design
  • Relational Responding and Relational Frame Theory

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Projects 2019 2019

Using realistic review methodology to investigate digital health interventions for managing long-term conditions

Jones, M., Dack, C., Carrier, J., Grant, S., Beneito-Montagut, R., Lane, E., Sparkes, V., Abrahams, R. & Lane, C.


Project: Research-related funding

Research Output 2009 2019

Open Access
Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Cognitive defusion versus experiential avoidance in the reduction of smoking behaviour: an experimental and preliminary investigation

Hooper, N., Dack, C., Karekla, M., Niyazi, A. & McHugh, L., 2018, In : Addiction Research & Theory. 26, 5, p. 414-420

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Tobacco Products
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
2 Citations (Scopus)

Cost-effectiveness of facilitated access to a self-management website, compared to usual care, for patients with type 2 diabetes (help-diabetes): Randomized controlled trial

Li, J., Parrott, S., Sweeting, M., Farmer, A., Ross, J., Dack, C., Pal, K., Yardley, L., Barnard, M., Hudda, M., Alkhaldi, G. & Murray, E., 8 Jun 2018, In : Journal of Medical Internet Research. 20, 6, e201.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Cost-Benefit Analysis
Quality-Adjusted Life Years
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1 Citation (Scopus)

Developing an implementation strategy for a digital health intervention: an example in routine healthcare

Ross, J., Stevenson, F., Dack, C., Pal, K., May, C., Michie, S., Barnard, M. & Murray, E., 19 Oct 2018, In : BMC Health Services Research. 18, 1, 794.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access


A mixed-method psychosocial analysis how senior health care professionals recognise dying and engage patients and families in the negotiation of key decisions.

Author: Wilson, J., 2 Oct 2017

Supervisor: Smith, P. (Supervisor), Lucey, H. (Supervisor) & Dack, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD