Ben joined the Mental Health and Addiction Research Group in 2018 following 8 years at the University of Nottingham. During that time he contributed to a number of behavioural studies, including as part of a lung cancer screening trial and other projects in the UK Centre for Tobacco & Alcohol Studies. He has experience of both quantitative and qualitative research methods and of different approaches to evidence synthesis.
Ben’s research interests focus upon the study of psychological and behavioural processes in health and healthcare. He most recently worked on a study that aimed to understand the factors that influence self-management of physical health long-term conditions in people with severe mental illness. This involved applying the Mechanisms of Action framework to primary and secondary data with the results mapped to Behaviour Change Techniques. These formed content for diabetes and COPD self-management interventions, developed using experience-based co-design and to be evaluated in a feasibility study and a randomised controlled trial. Past research topics include: