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Title: Special issue call: ‘Mixed Methods in Health Psychology’, British Journal of Health Psychology

What: Contributions are invited for a Special Section of the British Journal of Health Psychology: ‘Mixed Methods in Health Psychology’ edited by Lucy Yardley and Felicity Bishop, University of Southampton.

Additional Information:

‘Mixed methods’ is defined for this issue as using both qualitative and quantitative methods to investigate any topic relevant to health psychology. Authors are encouraged to focus on methodological issues of broad relevance to mixed methods research in health psychology. Two types of papers are welcomed:

1. Full length papers (5,000) providing an overview of methods and issues.

2. Shorter papers (3,500 words) illustrating the use of mixed methods in health psychology.

It is unlikely that this length would permit reporting of a substantive mixed methods study, and so authors are encouraged to base their illustration principally on combinations of qualitative and quantitative studies that have been published in full elsewhere (although inclusion of some new analysis or data is acceptable if it can be satisfactorily reported within the word limit).

All papers will be subject to the normal selection and peer review process.

Any queries should be directed in the first instance to

Deadline: Deadline for submission is 30 April 2014. Reviews will be completed before mid-August, and any requested revisions MUST be completed by 17th October 2014.


BHRU Annual Lecture: The Persistence of Health Inequalities in Modern Welfare States

What: Behaviour and Health Research Unit  Annual Lecture: The Persistence of Health Inequalities in Modern Welfare States

The speaker is Professor Johan Mackenbach, Professor of Public Health and chair of the Department of Public Health at Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam, the Netherlands

“Inequalities in health between those with lower and higher socioeconomic positions are present in all European countries with available data, and surprisingly are not smaller in countries with more generous welfare systems. I will review the evidence on the explanation of this worrying phenomenon, building on the results of recent comparative studies as well as theoretical insights.”

When: 24 April 2014, 6pm.

Where: Howard Lecture Theatre, Downing College Cambridge

Additional Information: BHRU annual lecture further details

ISBM Newsletter Spring 2014

The Spring 2014 Newsletter from the International Society of Behavioral Medicine  is now available to read.

Job: 3 year Research Fellow post in process evaluation, University of Exeter Medical School

What: 3 year full-time Research Fellow post from June 2014

The University of Exeter Medical School wishes to recruit a Research Fellow to support the development and conduct of process evaluations within trials of complex interventions. This post is funded by the Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit (PenCTU) and will be hosted within the newly established Psychology Applied to Health Group led by Prof Charles Abraham, who specialises in the development and evaluation of behaviour change interventions. It will involve working closely with colleagues from other research groups across the University of Exeter Medical School’s Institute for Health Research (e.g. Child Health, Mental Health, Primary Care, Health Statistics, Health Economics) and with collaborators from other university departments and external organisations to develop funding applications and conduct trials.

Where: University of Exeter Medical School

Additional details: Please see the job advert for more details. For further information please contact Professor Charles Abraham, e-mail or telephone 07969 330607 or Dr Jane Smith, email  or telephone (01392) 725402 (Wed – Fri).

Deadline: 11 May 2014

Job: Trial Coordinator, MRC Human Nutrition Research

What: Trial Coordinator (Fixed Term, 2 Years)

An excellent opportunity for an experienced and proactive trial-coordinator to join the Department of Nutrition Studies and Surveys as Trial Coordinator of the WRAP trial. WRAP (Weight Loss Referrals for Adults in Primary Care) is a multi-centre randomised controlled trial funded by the National Prevention Research Initiative. The successful candidate will take a lead role in the day-to-day management of the trial in the host institution (MRC HNR) and co-ordination of the other research sites (the University of Liverpool, the University of Oxford and 10 GP practices). They will also liaise with affiliated research teams leading the qualitative and economic components of the trial.

Where: MRC Human Nutrition Research, Cambridge University

Additional details: Detailed job description and details here. For an informal discussion of the post, please contact Amy Ahern on 01223 437527 or

Deadline: 30 March 2014

Announcement of the UK Congress on Obesity (UKCO)

What: UK Congress on Obesity

Where: University of Birmingham

When: 16-17 September 2014

Additional details:

 Confirmed keynote speakers:

  •  Prof Julian Hamilton-Shield, University of Bristol ‘Winning hearts and minds: does the family view childhood obesity seriously enough?’
  •  Dr Giles Yeo, University of Cambridge ‘Can we blame our genes when our jeans don’t fit?’
  • Prof Ian Macdonald, University of Nottingham ‘Are all calories equal?’
  •  Prof John Blundell, University of Leeds ‘Exercise and Appetite: casualties of the energy balance wars’

See the advert ASO Congress 2014 v2 (pdf) or the website for more details  

 Deadlines: Submissions close 11 April 2014

Job: Cancer Prevention Fellows, CRUK/Bupa Foundation Cancer Prevention Initiative

What: Cancer Prevention Fellows, CRUK/Bupa Foundation Cancer Prevention Initiative

This fellowship supports outstanding and innovative researchers and health care professionals who are interested in research into behavioural and lifestyle changes that can prevent people getting cancer.

Applicants should be making the transition from junior postdoctoral researcher to research group leader. They will have demonstrated excellent ability in their initial postdoctoral positions but will not yet had sufficient experience to run a research group. This fellowship allows the opportunity for the holder to further develop their careers and explore new avenues in research into cancer prevention, whilst gaining some supervisory experience. The fellowship aims to enhance UK capacity in the translation of behavioural research into policy and practical interventions, and as such we expect Fellows to undertake appropriate training and development.

Applicants for this scheme should normally have between three and five years postdoctoral experience since the date of their PhD viva. We welcome applications from non-traditional research backgrounds, including those who work in health care delivery.

 Additional Information: Additional information can be found here: Cancer Prevention Fellowship poster (pdf). For more information and how to apply please: visit the website

 Deadline: 7 Nov 2014



4 Year Research Fellow post, University of Aberdeen

What: Research Fellow in Health Psychology

Where: Health Psychology Group, Institute of Applied Health Sciences, University of Aberdeen

Additional Information: An ambitious, mid-career Research Fellow with expertise in the design and evaluation of health behaviour change interventions (e.g. using Intervention Mapping or other frameworks for planning complex interventions); affinity in working in both clinical and non-clinical settings; and the ambition to move results from basic psychology research to large (cluster) randomized controlled trials that aim for impact on health and well-being. Expertise in e-health and real-time measurement and interventions would be considered an asset.

For further details and to make an application please see here

Deadline: 13 March 2014


REPLACE 2 Conference

What: REPLACE 2 aims to implement and evaluate the REPLACE community-based behaviour change intervention framework to tackle female genital mutilation (FGM) in the EU. This project marks a significant shift in the ‘approach’ to ending FGM in the EU. The conference aims to bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss ending the practice of FGM in the EU.

When: 11th April 2014 9am – 5pm

Where: Coventry University London Campus, East India House, Middlesex St, London E1 7JF

 Additional information:

Abstracts are invited on the following topics

  • Community based research in FGM
  • Behaviour change and the role of community/medical/social care practitioners
  • Anthropological perspectives and first person interviews and testimonies.
  • How different sociological perspectives inform policy.
  • National and international laws, regulations and the role of human rights
  • Institutional support, enforcement and implementation of policy
  • Medical perspectives.

For more information on the event, to register your attendance, or to submit an abstract please visit the events page here


Abstract submission 28 Feb 2014

Registration 8 April 2014


Applications for the 2014 Synergy Expert Meeting now open

What: The applications for the 2014 Synergy Expert Meeting: “Implementation Intention and Action Planning Interventions in Health Psychology. Evaluating the state of the art and developing guidelines for best practice and future research”, facilitated by Martin Hagger and Aleksandra Luszczynska, are now open!

When/Where: The proposed expert meeting will be held between 25th-26th August 2014 in Innsbruck.

Additional information:  The Synergy Expert Meeting (previously known as Synergy workshop) takes place directly before the EHPS annual conference. It aims to advance the standard of work within the field by pooling expertise, sharing critical evaluations, and stimulating networking and collaborative research between researchers from all over Europe in an informal and supportive atmosphere. Thus, the role of the facilitators is to lead and coordinate the discussions and sharing of expertise, not to teach delegates about the topic. For more information, please see

A small number of grants are available for attendants of the Synergy Expert Meeting, see for further details.

Deadlines: Deadline for the expert meeting applications: 25th April 2014. Deadline for grant applications: 19th May 2014.


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