UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


Dr Stephanie Stanton-Fay

Dr Stephanie Stanton-Fay


Alexandra House
17-19 Queen Square


  • Research Associate
    Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
    Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL


Stephanie’s research interests include the psychological aetiology of health-related behaviours, notably eating behaviour, and the role of these behaviours in the formation and management of chronic disease.

Stephanie's current focus is on the research project 'Developing and testing the DAFNEplus intervention: A lifelong approach to promote effective self-management in adults with type 1 diabetes’.  This multidisciplinary project aims to use to Behaviour Change Wheel framework to review and re-develop the DAFNE course curriculum (a national training programme), such that it includes evidence-based behaviour change techniques that will promote skills for managing diabetes as part of people’s everyday lives.

Stephanie is a behavioural scientist specialising in health psychology.  She joined UCL in 2016 to work with Prof Susan Michie on behaviour change in the DAFNEplus project, evaluating and revising a structured education programme for effective lifestyle management of type 1 diabetes. Prior to this she worked for the World Cancer Research Fund on evidence linking diet and lifestyle factors with cancer incidence and survival.

Stephanie gained her PhD on psychological factors affecting overconsumption and obesity from the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.  Her PhD examined cognitive and behavioural influences on overconsumption, and neuropsychological effects of excess body weight on the brain.  During this time Stephanie also worked on a number of diverse health research projects including an intervention to improve hospital hand hygiene and an audit tool for surgical training.  She also acted as adviser to the Queensland Chief Medical Office on obesity prevention, and participated in a number of public health roundtable discussions.

Stephanie previously worked within the Nutrition and Behaviour Unit at the University of Bristol, applying experimental psychology to investigate decisions around portion size.

Stephanie is available for consultancy work in behaviour change, particularly within the areas of eating behaviour with reference to obesity, the psychology of self-management of long-term health conditions, and lifestyle factors associated with preventable health risk.


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