Centre for Behaviour Change


In conversation: The need for the Human Behaviour-Change Project Part 1

23 March 2023, 4:00 pm–5:00 pm


Key challenges facing behavioural science research and how the Human-Behaviour Change Project can help

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Challenges facing the field of behavioural science, such as the difficulties of synthesising increasing volumes of evidence, will be discussed by Dr Christine Hunter (US National Institutes of Health) and Professor Mike Kelly (University of Cambridge). We will ensure plenty of interaction both in the session and on a discussion board – we hope you can join us.

Speaker bios:

Christine Hunter, Ph.D., is the Acting Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, and Acting Director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In these roles, she supports the OBSSR mission to enhance the impact of health-related behavioral and social sciences research, coordinate and integrate these sciences within the larger NIH research enterprise and communicate health-related behavioral and social sciences research findings. Christine is also a Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service.

Professor Mike Kelly is Senior Visiting Fellow in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the Institute of Public Health and a member of St John’s College at the University of Cambridge. He has an honorary chair at UCL. Between 2005 and 2014 he was Director of the Centre for Public Health at NICE. He was educated at the universities of York, Leicester and Dundee and had an academic career lasting twenty seven years before moving into the National Health Service to lead the Research Team at the Health Development Agency and then moving on to NICE. His research interest include health related behaviour change and health inequalities.

Susan Michie, FMedSci, FAcSS, FBA is Professor of Health Psychology and Director of UCL's Centre for Behaviour Change Professor Michie’s research focuses on human behaviour change in relation to health and the environment: how to understand it theoretically and apply theory and evidence to intervention and policy development, evaluation and implementation. Her research, collaborating with disciplines such as information science, environmental science, computer science and medicine, covers population, organisational and individual level interventions. She has served as an expert advisor on the UK’s Covid-19 Scientific Pandemic Insights Group on Behavioural Science (part of SAGE and the Lancet’s Covid-19 Commission. She is chair of WHO’s Behavioural Insights and Sciences Technical Advisory Group.

Janna Hastings, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Medical Knowledge and Decision Support, University of Zurich and University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Janna has worked on ontology research and development for more than a decade across multiple disciplines. She develops the Mental Functioning Ontology and related projects, and until 2015 she was ontology lead and project coordinator for the ChEBI chemical ontology, during which time she also worked on related biological ontologies. She holds a PhD in Biological Sciences, an MSc in Computer Science and an MA in Philosophy.

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