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Research interests

My research interests lie in investigating how we can support people to improve their health behaviours to prevent and reduce obesity. This is an important and highly topical area given that more than half of the UK’s adult population are now classified as overweight or obese, which has significant consequences not only for these individuals but also for society. My primary research interest is in investigating how we can support people to improve their health behaviours to prevent and reduce obesity. In practice this involves conducting research to explore the most effective strategies for promoting behaviour change, and drawing on this to design theoretically and pragmatically informed interventions. I work both at an individual and population level, and my recent focus has been in exploring the positive and negative effects of policy on people’s motivation to adopt healthier lifestyles. I have worked closely with local public health teams and members of the public to deliver research that is relevant and applicable to practice. 

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Projects 2007 2018

Research Output 2002 2020


Elliot, M., Gillison, F. & Barnett, J., 17 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : BMC Public Health.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Patient views of the role of wearable technology to enhance cardiac rehabilitation

Lauber, K., Wort, G., Gillison, F., Thompson, D., Augustine, D. & Peacock, O., 16 Jan 2020.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

9 Citations (Scopus)
33 Downloads (Pure)

A meta-analysis of techniques to promote motivation for health behaviour change from a self-determination theory perspective

Gillison, F., Rouse, P., Standage, M., Sebire, S. & Ryan, R. M., 1 Jan 2019, In : Health Psychology Review. 13, 1, p. 110-130 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Personal Autonomy
Health Behavior
Mental Competency


A mixed methods investigation of exercise motivation in adolescence: a self-determination theory approach

Author: Emm-Collison, L., 26 Apr 2017

Supervisor: Gillison, F. (Supervisor) & Standage, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


An Investigation of the Sexual Health Promotion Needs of Undergraduate Women Aged 18-25 years within a Recognised Sexual Health Risk Window

Author: Rosalie, J., 1 Sep 2014

Supervisor: Gillison, F. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Health (DHealth)

Continuity of care and its effect on patients' motivation to initiate and maintain cardiac rehabilitation

Author: Payne, L., 7 May 2015

Supervisor: Standage, M. (Supervisor), Gillison, F. (Supervisor) & Clegg, A. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Health (DHealth)


Maintaining adolescents’ involvement in exercise and quality of life: A Self Determination Theory approach

Author: Gillison, F., 1 Apr 2007

Supervisor: Standage, M. (Supervisor) & Skevington, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD