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Prof Charles Abraham

Healthy People, Healthy Environments Theme Lead

Kath Maguire

Charles Abraham is a behavioural scientist and practising, health psychologist (registered by the UK Health Professionals Council). In addition to research and teaching, he provides training, consultancy and policy advice. Charles is a visiting professor at the universities of Sussex, Nottingham and Maastricht and a Research Associate at the Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention (CHIP) at the University of Connecticut. He was the founding chair of the British Psychological Society, Division of Health Psychology and has worked as a research consultant to the Department of Health in the UK. He was a member of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) group which developed the 2007 guidelines on Behaviour Change practice and is a member of the group that will extend this guidance in 2013. He was Special Advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology during their 2010/11 inquiry into the role of behaviour change in government policy development and implementation. He also co-chairs the Athena Swan (AS) working group in the University of Exeter Medical School and serves on the university AS committee.

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Public involvement in suicide prevention


Reliability of Identification of Behavior Change Techniques in Intervention Descriptions

Reciprocal relationships between three aspects of physical self-concept, vigorous physical activity, and lung function: A longitudinal study among late adolescents

A parsimonious, integrative model of key psychological correlates of university students alcohol consumption

Understanding young and older male drivers' willingness to drive while intoxicated: The predictive utility of constructs specified by the theory of planned behaviour and the prototype willingness model

Can the effectiveness of health promotion campaigns be improved using self-efficacy and self-affirmation interventions? An analysis of sun protection messages

Psychological correlates of University students academic performance: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Identifying beliefs and cognitions underpinning commuters' travel mode choices

Modelling antecedents of University students’ study behaviour and grade point average

Self-Directed Interventions to Promote Weight Loss: A Systematic Review of Reviews

Nutrition and Bone Health: turning knowledge and beliefs into knowledge for healthy behaviour

What cognitive mechanisms predict travel mode choice? A systematic review with meta-analysis

Brief interventions to prevent sexually transmitted infections suitable for in-service use: A systematic review

Recovery under sail: Rehabilitation clients' experience of a sail training voyage

A checklist to improve reporting of group-based behaviour-change interventions

Self-directed interventions to promote weight loss: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Relationship between perceptions of ageing and frailty in English older adults

Extending social cognition models of health behaviour

Understanding donation experiences of unspecified (altruistic) kidney donors

The association between children’s contact with people with disabilities and their attitudes towards disability: a systematic review

The Diabetes App Challenge: User-Led Development and Piloting of Internet Applications Enabling Young People With Diabetes to Set the Focus for Their Diabetes Consultations

Children's contact with people with disabilities and their attitudes towards disability: a cross-sectional study

Older adults’ perceptions of ageing and their health and functioning: a systematic review of observational studies

"Interventions utilising contact with people with disabilities to improve children's attitudes towards disability: A systematic review and meta-analysis"

Systematic review of reviews of intervention components associated with increased effectiveness in dietary and physical activity interventions

Commuting and wellbeing in London: The roles of commute mode and local public transport connectivity

“Thinking you’re old and frail”: A qualitative study of a frailty in older adults

Rasch analysis of the Chedoke-McMaster Attitudes towards Children with Handicaps scale

How do brochures encourage walking in natural environments in the UK? A content analysis

Mobile Phone and Web 2.0 Technologies for Weight Management: A Systematic Scoping Review

A review and content analysis of engagement, functionality, aesthetics, information quality, and change techniques in the most popular commercial apps for weight management

Behaviour change techniques: the development and evaluation of a taxonomic method for reporting and describing behaviour change interventions (a suite of five studies involving consensus methods, randomised controlled trials and analysis of qualitative dat

Trial baseline characteristics of a cluster randomised controlled trial of a school-located obesity prevention programme; the Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP) trial

A description of interventions promoting healthier ready-to-eat meals (to eat in, to take away, or to be delivered) sold by specific food outlets in England: a systematic mapping and evidence synthesis

Sexual health promotion for young people delivered via digital media: a scoping review

Cluster randomised controlled trial and economic and process evaluation to determine the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of a novel intervention [Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP)] to prevent obesity in school children

Rehabilitation Enablement in ChronicHeart Failure - a facilitated self-care rehabilitation intervention in patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (REACH-HFpEF) and their caregivers: rationale and protocol for a single-centre pilot ran

Optimising self-care support for people with heart failure and their caregivers: development of the Rehabilitation Enablement in Chronic Heart Failure (REACH-HF) intervention using intervention mapping

The clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the Rehabilitation Enablement in Chronic Heart Failure (REACH-HF) facilitated self-care rehabilitation intervention in heart failure patients and caregivers: rationale and protocol for a multicentre rand

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How can schools best support parents' engagement in their children's learning?

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