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Dr Emma Davies

BSc, MSc, PGDip PhD, PCTHE, FHEA.

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Department of Psychology, Social Work and Public Health

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Emma Davies

Phone number: +44 (0) 1865 484056

Email: edavies@brookes.ac.uk

Location: Sinclair SNC G06

My research expertise is in the field of health psychology and has a particular focus on behaviour change theories and developing interventions to improve young people's health and well-being. Recent key projects have explored the potential of using digital tools to reduce alcohol misuse in adolescents and students. I am interested in the social and emotional aspects of health behaviours, and in the application of dual process theories, such as the Prototype Willingness Model.


I teach on a range of modules at Oxford Brookes, including Research Methods, Psychology and Contemporary Issues, and Evidence Based Prevention. I completed my Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PCTHE) in 2014 and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In 2015 I was shortlisted for a Brookes Union Teaching Award. I have also been an Associate Lecturer with The Open University since 2008, teaching on psychology, social sciences and Access to Higher Education modules.

Research grants and awards

Research Grants

Brett, J., Watson, E., Aveyard, P., Wells, M., Nicholson, B., Foxcroft, D., Sinclair, L., Davies, E.L., De Silva-Minor, S., & Jakes., S. Cancer Research UK Tobacco Advisory Group (£44,582) Knowledge, attitudes and current practice of health professionals regarding the use of e-cigarettes and other smoking cessation interventions in cancer survivors, awarded January 2017.

Davies, E.L. Department of Psychology, Social Work & Public Health Research Award Scheme (£8750) Pilot study to explore teachers' views about digital alcohol interventions for use in Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education Awarded December 2016

Davies, E.L, Lonsdale, A. & Foxcroft, D.R. Oxford Brookes University Competitive Funding Call (£15,785) Alcohol related social embarrassment: A pilot trial to explore the feasibility and effectiveness of a novel intervention to reduce alcohol consumption in undergraduates, Awarded May 2015

Davies. E.L. Alcohol Research UK Small grant scheme (£4930) A digital media intervention tool to reduce alcohol misuse in adolescents: programming and pilot work, Awarded July 2014

Carter, W., Davies, E.L. & Paltoglou, A.E. Oxford Brookes Team Teaching Fellowship Award (£15,000) Vertical Enhancement of Statistics and Psychology Research, Awarded June 2014

Davies, E.L, Martin, J. & Foxcroft, D.R. Alcohol Research UK Studentship (£21,000) Designing and testing an intervention to reduce alcohol misuse in young people based on the Prototype Willingness Model, Awarded May 2010

PhD Students

Second supervisor for:

Parvati Perman-Howe: Differences in the consumption of alcohol of regular strength and reduced strength within licensed premises (with Professor David Foxcroft)

Catherine Wheatley: Achieving Moderate/Vigorous Exercise Intensity During School PE (with Professor Helen Dawes & Professor Heidi Johansen-Berg)

Journal articles

  • Wheatley CM, Davies EL, Dawes H, 'Unspoken playground rules discourage adolescent physical activity in school: A focus group study of constructs in the Prototype Willingness Model'
    Qualitative Health Research (2018)
    ISSN: 1049-7323 eISSN: 1049-7323
    Abstract
  • Wheatley CM, Davies EL, Dawes H, 'Unspoken playground rules discourage adolescent physical activity in school: A focus group study of constructs in the Prototype Willingness Model'
    Qualitative Health Research (2018)
    ISSN: 1049-7323 eISSN: 1049-7323
    Abstract
  • Davies E L, Conroy D, Winstock AR, Ferris J, 'Motivations for reducing alcohol consumption: An international survey exploring experiences that may lead to a change in drinking habits'
    Addictive Behaviors 75 (2017) pp.40-46
    ISSN: 0306-4603 eISSN: 0306-4603
    Abstract Website
  • Davies EL, Law C, Hennelly SE, '"You have to be prepared to drink" : students’ views about reducing excessive alcohol consumption at university'
    Health Education (2017)
    ISSN: 0965-4283 eISSN: 0965-4283
    Abstract
  • Davies EL, Jolley D, Coiffait F-M, 'Reflection and connection: UK Psychologists’ views and experiences of blogging'
    E-Learning and Digital Media (2017)
    ISSN: 2042-7530 eISSN: 2042-7530
    Abstract Website
  • Davies EL, Paltoglou AE, Foxcroft DR, 'Implicit alcohol attitudes predict drinking behavior over and above intentions and willingness in young adults but willingness is more important in adolescents: implications for the Prototype Willingness Model.'
    British Journal of Health Psychology 22 (2) (2017)
    ISSN: 1359-107X eISSN: 1359-107X
    Abstract Website
  • Davies E, Lonsdale A, Hennelly S, Winstock A, Foxcroft D, 'Personalized digital interventions showed no impact on risky drinking in young adults: a pilot randomised controlled trial'
    Alcohol and Alcoholism (2017)
    ISSN: 0735-0414 eISSN: 0735-0414
    Website
  • Matley F, Davies EL, 'Resisting temptation: Alcohol specific self-efficacy mediates the impacts of compensatory health beliefs and behaviours on alcohol consumption'
    Psychology, Health and Medicine (2017)
    ISSN: 1354-8506 eISSN: 1354-8506
    Abstract Website
  • Davies EL, Law C, Hennelly SE, Winstock AR, 'Acceptability of targeting social embarrassment in a digital intervention to reduce student alcohol consumption: A qualitative think aloud study.'
    Digital Health 3 (2017)
    ISSN: 2055-2076 eISSN: 2055-2076
    Abstract Website
  • Jolley D, Coiffait F, Davies EL, 'Welcome to ‘blogademia’'
    Psychologist -Leicester- 29 (4) (2016) pp.284-287
    ISSN: 0952-8229 eISSN: 0952-8229
    Abstract
  • Davies E, 'Feasibility of the Prototype Willingness Model as the basis for school-delivered alcohol misuse prevention: A qualitative think aloud study to explore acceptability of ‘The Alcohol Smart Quiz’ with adolescents and teachers.'
    Journal of Health Psychology (2016)
    ISSN: 1359-1053 eISSN: 1359-1053
    Abstract Website
  • Davies E, Martin J, Foxcroft D, 'Development of an adolescent alcohol misuse intervention based on the Prototype Willingness Model: A Delphi study'
    Health Education 116 (3) (2016) pp.275-291
    ISSN: 0965-4283 eISSN: 0965-4283
    Abstract Website
  • Davies EL, '"The monster of the month": teachers’ views about alcohol within personal, social and health education (PSHE) in schools'
    Drugs and Alcohol Today 16 (4) (2016) pp.279-288
    ISSN: 1745-9265 eISSN: 1745-9265
    Abstract Website
  • Kennedy S, Davies EL, Ryan L, Clegg ME, 'Applying an extended Theory of Planned Behaviour to predict breakfast consumption in adolescents'
    European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2016)
    ISSN: 0954-3007 eISSN: 0954-3007
    Abstract Website
  • Foxcroft D, Callen H, Davies EL, Okulicz-Kozaryn K, 'Effectiveness of the Strengthening Families Programme 10–14 in Poland: cluster randomized controlled trial'
    European Journal of Public Health (2016)
    ISSN: 1101-1262 eISSN: 1101-1262
    Abstract Website
  • Morys-Carter WL, Paltoglou AE, Davies EL, 'Vertical enhancement of second-year psychology research'
    Psychology Teaching Review 21 (1) (2015) pp.68-72
    ISSN: 0965-948X eISSN: 0965-948X
    Abstract
  • Davies EL, Martin J, Foxcroft DR, 'Development and acceptability of a co-produced online intervention to prevent alcohol misuse in adolescents: A think aloud study'
    JMIR Human Factors 2 (2) (2015)
    ISSN: 2292-9495 eISSN: 2292-9495
    Abstract Website
  • Davies E, Martin J, Foxcroft D, 'Age differences in alcohol prototype perceptions and willingness to drink in UK adolescents'
    Psychology, Health and Medicine 21 (3) (2015) pp.317-329
    ISSN: 1354-8506 eISSN: 1354-8506
    Abstract Website
  • Davies EL, Morys-Carter WL, Paltoglou AE, 'Helping students to climb the mountain: A study to inform the development of a resource to improve the learning of statistics in psychology'
    Psychology Teaching Review 21 (1) (2015) pp.56-67
    ISSN: 0965-948X eISSN: 0965-948X
    Abstract
  • Davies EL, Jackson EJ, 'Some students really want to know obscure facts about chi-square but others will pass out in terror if you mention it’: Psychology postgraduates’ experiences of teaching research methods'
    Psychology Teaching Review 20 (1) (2014) pp.13-22
    ISSN: 0965-948X eISSN: 0965-948X
    Abstract
  • Davies EL, Martin J, Foxcroft DR, 'Young People Talking About Alcohol: Focus Groups Exploring Constructs in the Prototype Willingness Model'
    Drugs-education Prevention and Policy 20 (2013) pp.269-277
    ISSN: 0968-7637 eISSN: 0968-7637
    Abstract Website

Membership of professional bodies

Membership of Professional Bodies

Conferences

Selected Conference Presentations

Davies, E., Lewis, E-B. & Hennelly, S. “I am quite mellow but I wouldn't say everyone else is”: A mixed methods exploration of normative misperceptions of alcohol consumption and self-evaluation of drinking behaviour compared to others (Poster presentation) British Psychological Society Annual Conference, Brighton, May 2017

Davies, E.L. ‘You can be different types of drunk’: A think aloud study with adolescents and teachers to explore acceptability of a digital intervention to reduce alcohol misuse (oral presentation as part of symposium  on ‘Applying user-centred development methods to create acceptable and persuasive digital health interventions’) UK Society for Behavioural Medicine Annual Conference, Cardiff, UK, December 2016

Davies, E.L. Lonsdale, A.J., Hennelly, S. & Foxcroft, D.R. Personalised digital interventions have no impact on risky drinking and alcohol related harms in young people in a randomised controlled trial (poster presentation) European Society for Prevention Research Annual Conference, Berlin, Germany, November 2015

Davies, E.L. How much is too much? A think aloud study to explore the feasibility and acceptability of a digital intervention for the prevention of alcohol related harm in adolescents (oral presentation) European Society for Prevention Research Annual Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia, October 2015

Davies, E.L. It's okay to have alcohol every now and again but excessive drinking is a bit weird: exploring the acceptability and feasibility of the alcohol smart quiz in a think aloud study (poster presentation) British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference, London, September 2015

Davies. E.L, Martin, J & Foxcroft D.R. Development of a co-produced intervention to prevent alcohol misuse in young people: A think aloud study (Poster presentation) British Psychological Society Annual Conference, Liverpool, May 2015

Davies. E.L, Martin, J & Foxcroft, D. A think aloud study evaluating the acceptability and feasibility of an alcohol misuse intervention for young people (Oral presentation) Alcohol Research UK Postgraduate and early career research symposium, London, March 2014.

Invited Talks/Workshops

Psychological Approaches to Reducing Alcohol Related Harms in Adolescents Invited talk at Oxford University Psychology and Neuroscience Applications Society 24th February 2016 http://psynapps.org/2016/03/11/psychological-approaches-to-alcohol-related-problems-in-adolescence/

Adding value to your PhD Invited workshop at PsyPAG 30th Anniversary conference, Glasgow, July 2015.

Member of early career researcher panel at Emerging New Researchers in Geographies of Health and Impairment(ENRGHI)Conference, Portsmouth, June 2014

Development and specification of novel behavioural interventions. Pre-conference workshop sponsored by Science for Prevention Academic Network (SPAN) at European Society for Prevention Research, Paris, November 2013.