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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

Mindfulness in Schools

Gillison, F.


Project: Central government, health and local authorities

Establishing Group-Specific Behaviour Change Techniques

Gillison, F.


Project: Central government, health and local authorities

Research Output 2002 2018

Personal Autonomy
Health Behavior
Mental Competency

Can evolutionary mismatch help generate interest in health promotion messages?

Grey, E., Gillison, F. & Thompson, D., 1 Aug 2018, In : Health Education Journal. 77, 5, p. 515-526

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Health Promotion
health promotion
health information
Open Access
Weights and Measures
1 Citations
Open Access
Multilevel Analysis
Pediatric Obesity
Life Style


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


Motivational responses to physical activity and dietary policies: translating success from the smoking context.

Author: Juszczyk, D., 8 Apr 2015

Supervisor: Gillison, F. (Supervisor), Room, G. (Supervisor) & Bauld, L. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD