UCL Psychology and Language Sciences

Dr Artur Direito

Dr Artur Direito

Research Associate

Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology

Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL
20th Apr 2017

Research summary

Artur is a research associate working on a variety of behaviour change projects within UCL’s Centre for Behaviour Change. Among these are City4Age, a EU Horizon2020 funded project aiming to improve independent living in older adults harnessing digital technologies; and CUSSH, a transdisciplinary programme aiming to identify implementable solutions for health and environmental sustainability. 

His research interests include health behaviours, lifestyle-related behaviour change interventions, and the design and evaluation of mobile health interventions. Prior to joining UCL he completed his PhD at the National Institute for Health Innovation, University of Auckland, under the supervision of Professor Ralph Maddison and Honorary Assoc. Prof. Robyn Whittaker

His PhD work focused on improving physical activity (PA) and sedentary behaviours among adolescents and adults using mobile health approaches. It included a systematic review of the PA mHealth effectiveness literature, assessing the incorporation of behaviour change techniques in apps, trialling commercially available apps, and designing and evaluating a proof-of-concept theory-based app.