Centre for Behaviour Change


PhD Studentship for the Human Behaviour Change Project

23 October 2017

The UCL Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology (CEHP) is offering a 3-year studentship starting in January 2018. The aim of the studentship is to enhance our understanding of how the effectiveness of behaviour change interventions is moderated by context and delivery.  

The project draws on the work of the Human Behaviour Change Project (HBCP) (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/human-behaviour-change), a collaboration between behaviour scientists, computer scientists and system architects that aims to revolutionise methods for synthesising evidence about behaviour change in real time and generate new insights about behaviour change. 

The HBCP will create an up-to-date knowledge base to help design effective interventions tailored to particular populations, settings and behaviours.  The PhD supervisors will be Prof Susan Michie and Dr Fabiana Lorencatto in CEHP, with additional support from Dr Alison Wright

There will be two themes that the student can consider:

  1. The representation of theory. The student will (1) review the current state of the BCIO and relevant literature to establish how best to represent theories, including dynamic theories of behaviour change, in computer readable formats; (2) work with computer scientists to create a database of theories, including the 83 identified in a review; (3) develop an ontology of mechanisms of action and identify canonical theories of behaviour change.
  2. The influence of context. The student will (1) review relevant literature to establish the mechanisms by which interactions between intervention features and specific types of population and setting characteristics might occur and generate hypotheses for testing; (2) Annotate published behaviour change intervention reports for relevant BCIO entities, helping to populate the HBCP knowledge base; (3) use the HBCP knowledge base to test the hypotheses, leading to a more nuanced understanding of the influence of context and other features on behaviour change intervention success. 

Closing date for applications: 10 Nov 2017

For more information and to apply click here