After receiving my BSc (Hons) Psychology at the University of Leeds, I then completed an MSc Health Psychology at Coventry University. I am currently completing my PhD by Publication at Coventry University. My PhD, titled ‘The role of self-efficacy in changing lifestyle physical activity behaviour’, is due for submission in February 2015. I have worked as researcher since 2007, firstly as a Research Assistant and more recently as a Research Fellow. My area of research has been physical activity and obesity intervention development, with a specific focus on the role of self-efficacy. I have published systematic reviews that have aimed to identify which behaviour change techniques are most effective at changing both self-efficacy and physical activity behaviour. As a result I was also involved in developing the CALO-RE (Coventry Aberdeen LOndon – REfined) behaviour change techniques taxonomy. I have also worked on a MRC-funded randomised controlled trial of a walking intervention delivered in general practice.
- Williams, S.L., Michie, S., Dale, J., Stallard, N., and French, D.P. (2015) 'The effects of a brief intervention to promote walking on Theory of Planned Behavior constructs: A cluster randomized controlled trial in general practice'. Patient Education and Counseling 98 (5), 651-659.
- Williams, S.L. and French, D.P. (2014) ‘Theory of planned behaviour variables and objective walking behaviour do not show seasonal variation in a randomised controlled trial’. BMC Public Health 14: 120.
- Olander, E.K., Fletcher, H., Williams, S.L., Atkinson, L., Turner, A., and French, D.P. (2013). ‘What are the most effective techniques in changing obese individuals’ physical activity self-efficacy and behaviour: a systematic review and meta-analysis’. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 10, 29.
- Williams, S.L., and French, D.P. (2011) 'What are the most effective intervention techniques for changing physical activity self-efficacy and physical activity behaviour - and are they the same?' Health Education Research: Theory and Practice 26 (2), 308-322.
- French, D.P., Williams, S.L., Michie, S., Taylor, C., Szczepura, A., Stallard, N., and Dale, J. (2011) 'A cluster randomised controlled trial of the efficacy of a brief walking intervention delivered in primary care: Study protocol'. BMC Family Practice 12 (56).
- Michie, S., Ashford, S., Sniehotta, F.F., Dombrowski, S.U., Bishop, A., and French, D.P. (2011) 'A refined taxonomy of behaviour change techniques to help people change their physical activity and healthy eating behaviours - The CALO-RE taxonomy'. Psychology and Health 26(11), 1479-98.
- Ashford, S., Edmunds, J., and French, D.P. (2010) 'What is the best way to change self-efficacy to promote lifestyle and recreational physical activity? A systematic review with meta-analysis'. British Journal of Health Psychology 15 (2), 265-288.
- Foleshill Heart for the Community Project: The development and evaluation of a healthy heart project for BME women in Coventry.
- Research Design and Supervision: Wellbeing 4 Performance and Making Every Contact Count.