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Staff Profile

Linda Solbrig

PhD Student

Kath Maguire

I have been a PhD student at PenCLAHRC since Jan 2015. I graduated from Plymouth University in 2014 with a first class honours BSc (Hons) Psychology and also worked there as a research assistant for four months prior to starting my PhD project. My main area of interest is improving health for patients and their quality of life by applying cognitive psychology in novel health interventions.

In England, over half the adult population is overweight with obesity and physical inactivity costing a yearly estimate of £11.4 billion. Both are a danger to patients when chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes develop as a result. I am going to test and advance the effectiveness of a personalized e-health intervention for weight loss, called Functional Imagery Training (FIT), developed by David Kavanagh (Queensland University of Technology), Jackie Andrade and Jon May (Plymouth University). FIT is a novel treatment that applies theoretical and empirical advances on the nature of motivation and craving to the problem of weight management. I hope FIT will help patients lose weight long-term and motivate them to exercise more frequently.

To find out more, please visit the PhD project page.

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Contact by phone
07784617079

Employed by
Plymouth University in Partnership with PenCLAHRC

Areas of expertise
Cognitive psychology, Health psychology

Publications

People trying to lose weight dislike calorie counting apps and want motivational support to help them achieve their goals

Upcoming Events

Oct
30

Searching and Review Clinic

Room 1.47, South Cloisters, St Luke's Campus, University of Exeter

These clinics have been set up to help the PenCLAHRC Evidence Synthesis Team to manage and respond...
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Nov
06

PPI Advice Clinics

Exeter (South Cloisters, St Luke’s)

Do you need to involve service users in your work? Whatever your query, from finding out...
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News

Research shows weight loss can be boosted fivefold thanks to novel mental imagery technique

24 September 2018

Overweight people who used a new motivational intervention called Functional Imagery Training (FIT) lost an...
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PenCHORD teach at international summer school focused on economic modelling in healthcare

20 September 2018

This August saw the first International Summer School Riga (ISSR), which was hosted and organised...
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Stroke doubles dementia risk, concludes large-scale study

31 August 2018

People who have had a stroke are around twice as likely to develop dementia, according...
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News

Research Projects

D-PACT: Dementia - Person Aligned Care Team

Theme: Mental Health & Dementia

The Dementia – PACT (D-PACT) programme is a five-year project, funded by a National Institute...
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PenCHORD - Optimising the location of urgent care sites in Cornwall

Theme: PenCHORD

This project aimed to assess the optimal number and location of sites for patients to...
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Research Projects