UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


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Dr Stephanie Stanton-Fay

Dr Stephanie Stanton-Fay

Research Associate

Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology

Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL
9th Jun 2016

Research summary

Stephanie studies the role of behaviour in the formation and management of chronic disease.  Her research interests include behaviour change and the psychology of health-related behaviours, notably eating behaviour.

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.

Teaching summary

Stephanie is a guest lecturer for the UCL MSc Behaviour Change and MSc Health Psychology courses.

She is also an expert mentor in the UCL Centre for Behaviour Change summer school.

Previous teaching at undergraduate level includes:

        - Physiological Psychology: The influence of biopsychology on behaviour, and its contribution to neuroscience, with a focus on the structure and function of the brain in relation to areas such as eating, memory and stress, and the role of behavioural genetics.

        - Perception and Cognition: The processes and structures involved in information processing in the brain, and the basis of complex behaviour, with a focus on attention and performance, memory, reasoning and problem-solving.

        - Interpersonal Processes and Skills: Effective communication for health professionals, including client and multidisciplinary team communication, assessment, mediation and leadership.

        - Exercise and Sport Psychology: Psychological principles and issues related to participation and adherence in physical activity, exercise and sport.

        - Research Methods.


Stephanie is a behavioural scientist specialising in health psychology.  She is a trained Mental Health First Aider and qualified coach, providing workplace coaching within UCL. 

Stephanie 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 eating decisions around portion size.

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