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Dr Emma Anderson

Health psychology and interventions

I am a Health Psychologist with an interest in developing and evaluating interventions and health-related behaviour change.

I set up the Health Psychology and Interventions Group (HPIG) in the School of Social and Community Medicine (together with Drs Clare Thomas and Katie Whale). The group draws together Health Psychology and related expertise across the school.

I am working with Professor Esther Crawley to run the FITNET-NHS Trial which evaluates an online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) programme for children with chronic fatigue.

I am also working with Professor Alastair Hay to run the EEPRIS Study, a feasibility study tracking respiratory infections in Bristol children. Together with nested parent and clinician qualitative interview studies, EEPRIS forms a major step towards developing an online intervention which aims to improve the efficiency of primary care consultations and reduce antibiotic prescribing.

Key words:

  • Health psychology
  • Behaviour change
  • Intervention development and evaluation
  • Qualitative Research
  • Randomised Controlled Trials
  • Study Management

I have worked in many successful pragmatic NHS-based studies and trials over the years, including mental health and addictions interventions and other public health research in both primary and secondary care settings. These include:

  • Preloading Trial: Nicotine patch preloading for smoking cessation
  • Reeact Trial: Computerised cognitive behavioural therapy for depression
  • CADET Trial: Collaborative care for depression
  • Psygrid: Psychosis study
  • Matisse Trial: Art therapy for schizophrenia 
  • Inpatient Staff Morale study