Dr Emma C Anderson

BA, M.Sc.(Sus.), DHealthPsych

  • BS8 1NU


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Research interests

I am a Health Psychologist with an interest in developing and evaluating interventions and health-related behaviour change.

I set up and lead the Health Psychology and Interventions Group (HPIG)The group draws together Health Psychology and related expertise across the school.

My current work is:

1) The Pregnant in a Pandemic (PiP) Study: exploring pregnant women's views and experiences of social distancing recommendations during the covid19 pandemic, aiming to identify behavioural facilitators and barriers.

2) Understanding the Lightning Process for adolescent chronic fatigue syndrome/ myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME): theoretical and conversation analysis to identify potential mechanisms of action of this alternative interventions for CFS/ME to try to improve standard medical care.

3) Running the FITNET-NHS Trial, working with Professor Esther Crawley to evaluate an online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) programme for children with CFS/ME.

Previously, I ran the EEPRIS Study, working with Professor Alastair Hay to track respiratory infections in a community cohort of Bristol children and develop an online intervention to improve consultations and antibiotic prescribing behaivour.

Key words:

  • Health psychology
  • Behaviour change
  • Intervention development and evaluation
  • Qualitative Research
  • Randomised Controlled Trials
  • Study Management

I have worked in many successful pragmatic NHS-based studies and trials over the years, including mental health and addictions interventions and other public health research in both primary and secondary care settings. These include:

  • Preloading Trial: Nicotine patch preloading for smoking cessation
  • Reeact Trial: Computerised cognitive behavioural therapy for depression
  • CADET Trial: Collaborative care for depression
  • Psygrid: Psychosis study
  • Matisse Trial: Art therapy for schizophrenia 
  • Inpatient Staff Morale study

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Research Output

Can linguistic analysis be used to identify whether adolescents with a chronic illness are depressed?

Jones, L., Anderson, E. C., Loades, M., Barnes, R. K. & Crawley, E. M., 9 Jan 2020, In : Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy. 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Open Access
  • Digital Behavior Change Interventions for Younger Children With Chronic Health Conditions: Systematic Review

    Brigden, A., Anderson, E., Linney, C., Morris, R., Parslow, R., Serafimova, T., Smith, L., Briggs, E., Loades, M. & Crawley, E., 31 Jul 2020, In : Journal of Medical Internet Research. 22, 7, 22 p., e16924.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • Activities

    • 1 Publication peer-review

    Pilot and Feasibility Studies (Journal)

    Emma C Anderson (Peer reviewer)

    15 Jun 201615 Jul 2016

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review