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Research interests

I am a Chartered Health Psychologist in the Centre for Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences hosted by the School of Health & Social Care. My research involves the development and evaluation of complex interventions targeting a range of health/lifestyle behaviours. These include physical activity/exercise, diet and alcohol in the context of type 2 diabetes, liver disease and surgical procedures (e.g., liver transplantation and orthopaedics). I have developed a number of behaviour change interventions that are scalable (eHealth/mHealth) and can also be tailored at the individual level to maximise effectiveness. To do this I work with colleagues from a range of disciplines (e.g., designers, web developers, engineers, physiologists, medical professionals).

My work also involves identifying ways to successfully implement/translate behaviour change interventions in to clinical and non-clinical settings. This includes in depth work with patient groups and the development, delivery and evaluation of training programmes and resources for healthcare professionals to help optimise consultation behaviour.

 

Qualifications

PhD Health Psychology, Newcastle University
Stage 2 Qualification in Health Psychology, British Psychological Society
PgCert Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, Teesside University
MSc Health Psychology, Teesside University
BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Liverpool

Professional Registration

Chartered Psychologist (C.Psychol), British Psychological Society
Practitioner Health Psychologist, Health & Care Professions Council

Research Funding

Snowden CP, Avery L, Gerrand C, Prentis J, Haighton CA, Howell D, McColl E, Kaner E. Preoperative Behavioural Intervention for Risky Drinkers before elective orthopaedic Surgery (PreopBIRDS). NIHR-HTA (2016-19) £607,095.80.

Jakovljevic J, MacGowan G, Avery L, Skinner J, Bailey K, O'Brien N. Personalised home-based physical activity intervention in older adults with heart failure: advancing towards an effective clinical therapy (2015-16). NIHR-BRC £39,551.

Trenell MI, Avery L, Taylor L. Pharmacy enhanced services for people with Type 2 diabetes (2015). Medical Research Council, £28,000.

Kaner E, Avery L, Presseau J, Sniehotta F, Thomson R, Vale L. PhD awards for improvement science (2014-17). Health Foundation, £280,000.

Newbury-Birch D, Gilvarry E, McArdle P, Ramesh V, Stewart S, Walker J, Avery L, Beyer F, Brown, N, Jackson K, Lock C, McGovern R, Kaner E. The impact of alcohol consumption on young people: A review of reviews (2009). Department for Children, Schools and Families £50,977.

Kaner E, Avery L, Brown N, Jackson K, Mason H, Newbury-Birch D. A rapid review of evidence on liver disease epidemiology, treatment and services (2007). NIHR-CCF £28,327

 

PhD Supervision: Current

Jadine Scragg, 2017 – 2020, Exercise and liver disease. Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) Doctoral Award, Newcastle University.

Oliver Bell, 2018-2023, Exercise to target mental health and physical health in hard to reach men. NUFC Foundation Doctoral Award, Newcastle University.

PhD Supervision: Completed

Dr Sebastian Potthoff, 'Making good quality care habitual: An exploration of the concept of habit in relation to healthcare professional behaviour' Health Foundation Doctoral Fellowship 2014-2017, Health Psychology - Primary supervisor, Newcastle University.

Dr Rebecca Brown, 'The effect of vitamin D and physical activity on knee osteoarthritis symptoms in older obese adults: A mixed methods study' MRC Doctoral Fellowship 2014-2017, Human Nutrition - Co-supervisor, Newcastle University.

Dr Nduka Okwose, A novel, home-based physical activity intervention for chronic heart failure; exploring safety, feasibility, effectiveness and patients experiences' 2015-2018, Exercise and heart failure - Co-supervisor, Newcastle University.

 

Stage 2 Qualification in Health Psychology (Doctoral) trainees

Current:

Kirsten Ashley, Changing Health Limited. Behavioural intervention targeting diet and physical activity in the context of type 2 diabetes management, 2018-2021.

Completed:

Dr Sebastian Potthoff, Northumbria University. Healthcare Professional Behaviour Change in the context of Type 2 Diabetes management and Alcohol consumption in primary and secondary care, 2015-2018.

I am happy to consider PhD and Stage 2 Health Psychology supervision in the areas outlined above. Please contact me for an initial discussion.

External positions

Visiting Researcher, Newcastle University

8 Oct 2018 → …

Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society

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Research Output 2007 2019

  • 10 Article
  • 6 Review article
  • 2 Commissioned report
  • 1 Comment/debate

Exploring the role of competing demands and routines during the implementation of a self-management tool for type 2 diabetes: A theory-based qualitative interview study

Potthoff, S., Presseau, J., Sniehotta, F., Breckons, M., Rylance, A. & Avery, L., 24 Jan 2019, In : BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. 19, 1, 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Self Care
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Interviews
Delivery of Health Care
Habits

The Relationship between Habit and Healthcare Professional Behaviour in Clinical Practice: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Potthoff, S., Rasul, O., Sniehotta, F., Marques, M., Beyer, F., Thomson, R., Avery, L. & Presseau, J., 8 Jan 2019, In : Health Psychology Review.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Habits
Meta-Analysis
Delivery of Health Care
Evidence-Based Practice
Self Report

A systematic review of quality of life of adults on the autism spectrum

Ayres, M., Parr, J., Rodgers, J., Avery, L. & Flynn, D., 1 Oct 2018, In : Autism. 22, 7, p. 774-783 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Autistic Disorder
Quality of Life
Bibliographic Databases
Population
Communication

Barriers and Facilitators to Mediterranean Diet Adoption by Patients with Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Northern Europe

Haigh, L., Bremner, S., Houghton, D., Henderson, E., Avery, L., Hardy, T., Hallsworth, K., McPherson, S. & Anstee, Q., 31 Oct 2018, In : Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. 33 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Mediterranean Diet
Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
Feeding Behavior
Gastroenterology
HDL Lipoproteins

Erratum. Very Low-Calorie Diet and 6 Months of Weight Stability in Type 2 Diabetes: Pathophysiological Changes in Responders and Nonresponders

Steven, S., Hollingsworth, K., Al-Mrabeh, A., Avery, L., Aribisala, B., Caslake, M. & Taylor, R., 1 Jun 2018, In : Diabetes Care. 41, 6, p. 1321

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debateResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Caloric Restriction
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Weights and Measures
Liver
Triglycerides