Prevention Science

About us

The Prevention Science Group is an interdisciplinary research team dedicated to investigating the development and impact of prevention efforts for physical and psychological health and wellbeing.

We carry out high quality national and international research studies into the causes, consequences and prevention of poor physical and mental health. The focus of the group is to promote healthy behaviours with a view to preventing or mitigating lifestyle risks to health and wellbeing. The scope of the group spans the harms associated with substance misuse (eg alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs), lifestyle behaviours (eg poor diet, lack of exercise) and poor mental health.

Our research has been supported by grants from the MRC, ESRC, NIHR, CRUK, JRF, the EC and the AHMRC, with over £8 million of funding awarded for research projects and knowledge exchange activities. We welcome enquiries and applications from students interested in pursuing a PhD with our group, and from academics interested in exchanges and visits.”

Team at a Science for Prevention Academic Network event

Leadership

David Foxcroft

Professor David Foxcroft

Professor of Community Psychology and Public Health

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Emma Davies

Dr Emma Davies

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

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Membership

Staff

Name Role Email
Professor Jane Appleton Professor of Primary and Community Care jvappleton@brookes.ac.uk
Dr Jo Brett Senior Research Fellow jbrett@brookes.ac.uk
Katy Burch Assistant Director kburch@brookes.ac.uk
Mr Lindsey Coombes Associate Lecturer elcoombes@brookes.ac.uk
Dr Briony Enser Associate Lecturer benser@brookes.ac.uk
Dr Sarah Hennelly Lecturer in Psychology and Public Health shennelly@brookes.ac.uk
Dr Sarah Howcutt Senior Lecturer and Subject Coordinator for Public Health showcutt@brookes.ac.uk
Dr Louise Taylor Principal Lecturer Student Experience (PLSE) louise.bunce@brookes.ac.uk

Students

Name Thesis Title Supervisors Completed
Urvita Bhatia Co-producing a prevention intervention for adolescent substance use and misuse in a sports-based setting in India Professor David Foxcroft

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Josie Jacobs Developing a wellbeing and resilience programme for parents of Key Stage 1 primary school children Dr Emma Davies

Active

Fiona Matley Using automatic processes to change drinking behaviour in midlife adults Dr Emma Davies

Active

Parvati Perman-Howe The effect of alcohol strength on alcohol consumption Professor David Foxcroft

Active

Luke Prout Self-confidence in non-conveyance decision making amongst paramedics Professor David Foxcroft

Active

Natalie Wilde Alcohol Consumption and Mental Health Literacy in Young People Dr Emma Davies

Active

Collaborators

Name Role Organisation
Dr Kimberley Hill Associate Professor in Psychology University of Northampton
Dr Parvati Perman Howe Research Associate King’s College London

Projects

Active projects

Project title and description Investigator(s) Funder(s) Dates

Examining the impact of the Good Behaviour Game on health-related outcomes for children

Universal school-based prevention: examining the impact of the Good Behaviour Game on health-related outcomes for children

Professor David Foxcroft NIHR From: March 2017

Alcohol consumption following breast cancer diagnosis

Dr Emma Davies Brookes Research Excellence Award From: August 2021

Messaging strategies that communicate the link between alcohol and breast cancer in women aged 40-65

Development and evaluation of messaging strategies that communicate the link between alcohol and breast cancer in women aged 40-65

Dr Emma Davies Oxford Brookes University From: September 2020

Community and Hospital Pharmacists and E-cigarettes

Dr Jo Brett CRUK From: September 2019

Improving the uptake of bowel cancer screening in the South Asian community

Dr Sarah Howcutt Bowel Cancer UK From: September 2018

Completed projects

Project title and description Investigator(s) Funder(s) Dates

Science for Prevention Academic Network (SPAN)

Professor David Foxcroft European Commission From: January 2021
Until: December 2016

SFP Cymru: evaluating the impact of the Strengthening Families 10-14 UK Progr. on substance misuse

Professor David Foxcroft MRC From: September 2009
Until: December 2014

Steps towards alcohol misuse prevention programme (STAMPP)

A school and community based cluster randomised controlled trial

Professor David Foxcroft NIHR From: November 2011
Until: April 2016

Drug education in victorian schools (DEVS)

Professor David Foxcroft Australian Research Council From: January 2011
Until: June 2014

Knowledge, attitudes and current practice of health professionals regarding the use of e-cigarettes

Knowledge, attitudes and current practice of health professionals regarding the use of e-cigarettes and other smoking cessation interventions in cancer survivors

Dr Jo Brett CRUK From: March 2016
Until: June 2019

A digital media intervention tool to reduce alcohol misuse in adolescents

Dr Emma Davies Alcohol Change From: September 2014
Until: March 2016

Engaging under-represented young women in studies that explore health risk behaviours

Dr Sarah Howcutt Oxford Brookes University From: September 2015
Until: February 2021