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Thoughts from the UKSBM President, Annie Anderson…

Thoughts from the UKSBM President, Annie Anderson…
“In recent months, life has changed for all of us – at home and at work. All across the world, people have had to re-consider how they live their lives and how they interact with other people living theirs. The need for evidence from behavioural science to support these changes at the population level – hand washing, social distancing, staying home, reporting symptoms, dealing with illness and even facing death – has never been higher. And, the effects of these changes on individuals, families and communities has – for the majority of people – never been starker.
It is heartening to see that so many UKSBM members have already made a vital contribution to helping national, regional and local agencies cope with extra and different demands. This includes offering input to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) committee – as well as publishing academic papers about behavioural science. Sharing our expertise and promoting evidence-based practice is crucial at times like these, so please contribute to the global effort by publicising your research or reflections on our various UKSBM Twitter accounts – and remember to tag us into your own Twitter posts using @UKSBM, @UKSBM_ECN and @UKSBM_Fellow. Stay safe and keep well.”

UKSBM Annual Scientific Meeting
It’s hard to believe that it’s now nearly five months since our Annual Scientific Meeting which took place in Bath. Our thanks go to everyone who organised, attended, presented and debated over the course of the two days but also to all those who have given us feedback about how we can improve the event in future. The UKSBM Executive Committee are working hard on plans for the next meeting and look forward to making an announcement very soon about the venue and dates. In the meantime, why not browse through some of the presentations delivered this year – via the event website – and remind yourself why this meeting has become such a showcase event in everyone’s calendars?

UKSBM Executive Committee
We are delighted to announce that Gemma Taylor from Bath University joined our Executive Committee on 1 May as our Professional Development Officer. Many of you will be familiar with Gemma as she was one of our UKSBM Early Career Prize winners in 2019, and we look forward to featuring more details about her new role in next month’s newsletter.

Things to look forward to…
Social Media
You may have noticed that we’ve been rather busy on Twitter recently, addressing the all-important issues of self-care and new ways of working during the Covid-19 outbreak. There was also a series of tweets about ‘peer review for journals’ aimed at those members who are either already undertaking this type of academic activity or perhaps would like to in future. During June, we’ll be sharing tips and tricks about something that interests us all – career development.

We have been planning this new UKSBM activity for several months now and hope that those of you who joined the first of these web-based sessions on 2 June – featuring our very own Sofia Strommer and Annie Anderson talking to Kylie Ball and Sarah Shaw of the International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) about life during a pandemic – found it informative and engaging. Anyone who missed the live discussion, can now watch a recording at: Our next two webinars – on the topics of school-based nutrition and cancer screening/prevention – will take place over the Summer so keep your eyes on our Twitter accounts and future newsletters for more detail.

Mentoring scheme
We recognise that academia can be a tricky, frustrating and highly competitive environment in which to work and know that many people find support from experienced peers an invaluable way of facing – and even overcoming – these challenges. With that in mind, we have been developing a mentoring programme for our membership and hope to run a pilot of the scheme in July, August and September. If this is something you are interested in getting involved in – either as a potential mentor or mentee – then now is the time to let us know!

Mid-career network
We have recently launched a new initiative for mid-career researchers which will run alongside our well-established and highly valued Early Career Network (ECN). The Mid-Career Network (MCN) is aimed at members who are at the Research/Teaching Fellow or Lecturer stage of their careers and feel they could benefit from sharing experiences and insights with like-minded folk. Anyone who would like to join the first online meeting – scheduled to take place at 13:00 on 12 June – should register their interest as soon as possible here.
How to get in touch…

If you are interested in participating in any of the activities mentioned in this newsletter or perhaps have some news to share about your research, a job or a training opportunity then please contact the relevant member of our Executive Committee as follows:

Social Media enquiries: Ian Kellar –
Webinar enquiries: Dunla Gallagher –
Early Career Network enquiries: Sofia Strommer –
Mid-Career Network enquiries: Gemma Taylor –
Professional Development enquiries: Gemma Taylor –
Mentoring enquiries: Gemma Taylor –
General enquiries: Rachel Crockett –

Call for papers: Translational Sleep Science in Behavioral Medicine

What: The International Journal of Behavioral Medicine together with the Sleep Special Interest Group of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, has issued this special call for papers. Empirical studies of behavioral medicine research across the translational spectrum are welcomed. Further, research that bridges the intersections of behavioral medicine and other areas of research (e.g., neuroscience, medical practice, nursing, public health, education, health psychology) are likely to make strong contributions. 

Further information: Please click here to review the submission guidelines and here for further information 

Deadline: Please send your letter of intent as a pdf to the Special Issue editors at by 1st June 2019.

Job: Five funded PhD opportunities, University of Leeds

What: The NIHR Yorkshire and Humber Patient Safety Translational Research Centre has five funded PhD opportunities available to start in October 2019 based at the University of Leeds.

The research topics are:

  • ‘Patient work-as-imagined’ versus ’patient work-as-done’: How do patients and families ’reach in’ to support the resilience of cancer care pathways?
  • Reducing inappropriate admissions to hospital: Understanding and enhancing tolerance of uncertainty amongst staff and patients
  • Sociotechnical evaluation of digital innovations for patient safety
  • Enhancing feedback for ambulance service staff to promote workforce wellbeing and patient safety
  • The role of community pharmacists in developing and implementing deprescribing initiatives in primary care

Where: University of Leeds
Further information: Please click here to view the job advert for further information.
Deadline: 26th April 2019


Event: Behaviour Change for Health: Digital and other Innovative Methods, University College London

What: Now in its 5th year, the UCL Centre for Behaviour Change annual conference is a unique event in the digital health calendar, bringing together expertise from academia and industry to explore the potential for digital approaches to transform health and wellbeing through enabling behaviour change. The conference is a stimulating forum for scientists, commissioners, policy-makers and industry professionals to meet and learn from each other in the service of creating digital products and services to enhance health and wellbeing across the public and private sector. This year’s conference themes include:

  • Engagement with digital health interventions
  • Digital health interventions to promote physical activity, healthy eating and dietary change
  • Advances in measurement and evaluation of digital health interventions
  • Conceptual and ethical issues in digital health
  • Big data approaches in the design, delivery and evaluation of digital health interventions

Where: Centre for Behaviour Change, University College London

When: 9th-10th April 2019

Further information: Early bird registration closes Sunday 17th March. Please visit the conference website ( for further information


If you would like to advertise a behavioural medicine-related job or event on the UKSBM website please click here


Event: 2019 Health Service & Population Research Summer School, King’s College London

What: The Health Service & Population Research Department has announced a new summer school programme including:

  • Economic Evaluation in Mental Health – 1st-2nd July 2019
  • Women’s Mental Health Research – 3rd-5th July 2019
  • An Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods – 8th-11th July 2019
  • Implementation Science Masterclass 16th-17th July 2019

Where: King’s College London (please check specific location for each individual event)

When: Various dates from 1st July – 17th July 2019

Further information: Please click here to view the event advert for further information


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Event: 2019 Richard & Hinda Rosenthal Symposium ‘Behaviour change to improve health for all’, Wellcome Collection London

What: 2019 Richard & Hinda Rosenthal Symposium ‘Behaviour change to improve health for all’ hosted by the U.S. National Academy of Medicine and the UK Academy of Medical Sciences.

When:17th January 2019, 09.00 until 17.00 (followed by a networking reception until 20.00)

Location: Wellcome Collection in London

Further information: The meeting is free to attend but booking is essential. For further information about this event, and to book your ticket, please click here.


If you would like to advertise a behavioural medicine-related job or event on the UKSBM website please click here


Job: Researcher (health behaviours), University of Oxford

What: Researcher with a Public Health Nutrition background to work within a team including the Consumer Goods Forum “Collaboration for Healthier Lives”, Public Health England and the Guys and St Thomas Charity to evaluate the impact of interventions to promote healthier food purchases across the UK.

Where: Health Behaviours team, University of Oxford

Further information: This is a 1-year full-time post. Interviews are expected to be held on 17th December 2018. Please click here to view the job advert for further information

Deadline: 12pm on 5th December 2018


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Job: Senior Research Fellow (Health Psychology), University of Nottingham

What: A health psychologist is sought to direct the development and iterative evaluation of a behaviour change intervention for individuals with chronic liver disease. This will involve working closely with national and international clinical and non-clinical collaborators, a digital technology company, patients and our Patient Involvement Group towards the development of brief digital intervention to promote lifestyle change. [job ref MED385918]

Where: Division of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Nottingham

Further information: The duration of the post is 18 months. Please click here to view the job advert for further information.

Deadline: 26th Nov 2018

Event: Introductory and Advanced Courses in Dietary Assessment Methods, University of Aberdeen

What: The introductory course is offered prior to the advanced course with the aim of providing an introduction to the subject for those with more limited experience in the area. Knowledge of the subjects covered in the introductory course will be expected for those attending the advanced course.  Those completing the introductory course can go on to complete the advanced course in the same year. The advanced course is designed for researchers, dietetic and nutritional practitioners and those who would like to further their training in dietary assessment methods. Developed and run by the University of Aberdeen dietary assessment team, a group with a wide range of experience, the course is designed to be highly interactive. This course will bring together current knowledge and best practice on dietary assessment for nutrition research and clinical and public health practice.

Where: University of Aberdeen

Further information: Please click here for more information on the programme

Date: 20 & 21st-23rd May 2019










Job: Research Assistant and Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen

What: The Aberdeen Health Psychology Group is looking to appoint a Research Assistant (7 months) and a Research Fellow (12 months) to work on a project called “Improving methodology in the design, conduct, and reporting of behavioural smoking cessation trials: Three systematic reviews building on a current CRUK evidence review”. This project is funded by Cancer Research UK and is led by Professor Marijn de Bruin (University of Aberdeen) in collaboration with Dr Jamie Hartmann-Boyce (University of Oxford), Professor Susan Michie (University College London), Professor Robert West (University College London), Professor Shaun Treweek (University of Aberdeen), and Dr Neil Scott (University of Aberdeen).

Where: University of Aberdeen

Further information: Please see the job advert here for further information

Deadline: 26th April 2018


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