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Early Career Winners – UKSBM 2014

The UKSBM is pleased to announce this year’s three winners of the UKSBM early career award: Dr Stephan Dombrowski (University of Stirling), Dr Heather Gainsforth (University College London), and Dr Simon Sebire (University of Bristol).

The Early Career Award provides annual recognition of the work of promising early career researchers in behavioural medicine in the UK. In addition to being recognised for their early career achievements at the 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting in Nottingham, all winners received £100 and free registration to next year’s Annual Scientific Meeting in Newcastle.

Please see below for details about this year’s winners:

Dr Stephan Dombrowski Stephan Dombrowski

Dr Dombrowski is am interested in the development, testing and application of behaviour change theory and interventions for health. He is particularly interested in aspects concerning maintenance in health behaviour change interventions, and the use of evidence based behaviour change techniques to facilitate sustainable long-term change. His research to date covers a range of health behaviours (e.g. diet and physical activity, health service utilisation, or health care provision) and populations (e.g. members of the public, individuals with risk factors for health, or health care professionals). In empirical work he uses qualitative, quantitative as well as mixed methodologies. For more information please see his personal profile: Dr Stephan Dombrowski

Stephan said: “It was a great honour to be given the UKSBM early career award together with some fantastic colleagues.

I always enjoy attending UKSBM conferences which present consistently high quality talks across a wide spectrum of behavioural medicine and are an excellent opportunity to network and catch up with colleagues from a variety of backgrounds.”



Dr Heather Gainforth heather gainforth

Dr Gainforth’s current and published work focuses on (1) understanding the process of knowledge translation/mobilization; (2) developing and evaluating knowledge mobilization and health promotion interventions; and (3) examining social and psychological influences that foster behaviour change. Her emerging research program aims to identify, develop and implement novel strategies for disseminating evidence-based health information to populations. For more information please see her personal profile: Dr Heather Gainforth

Heather said: “I was honoured to be awarded the UKSBM Early Career Award alongside my esteemed colleagues.  Winning the award helped me to establish a broader profile for my research and foster research relationships.  I am so grateful to the committee for recognizing the value of my work.

Thank you again for recognizing me.”


Dr Simon Sebire Dr simon sebire

Dr Simon Sebire’s specialist area of research is the psychology of human motivation, specifically the “what” and “why” of physical activity and sedentary behaviour among children, adolescents and adults. Simon’s research also involves the development and evaluation of physical activity and sedentary behaviour interventions in schools, extra-curricular settings and families. For more information please see his personal profile: Dr Simon Sebire

Simon said “I am delighted to have received an Early Career Award from the UK Society of Behavioural Medicine. There are many young academics producing great research in the field of behavioural medicine and to be considered alongside them is wonderful. While the award is individual, it reflects the great support that I have received from my colleagues at Bristol and beyond. Being awarded registration for the 2015 UKSBM conference will hopefully help me build on some of the contacts I made as a result of the increased interest in my work that the EC award generated.”

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