Dr Julia Allan
2011: Research Fellow, Institute of Applied Health Sciences, University of Aberdeen
2006-2011: Chief Scientist Office Fellow, University of Aberdeen (cognitive predictors of unintentional eating)
2004-2006: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, with Prof Derek Johnston, University of Aberdeen (psychophysiology of stress)
- Effects of executive functioning on the translation of health relevant intentions into action.
- Effects of executive functioning on real time decision making and perceptual experience.
- Failures of executive functioning under conditions of high demand / high stress.
- Occupational stress and its consequences.
- Environmental level health interventions.
- Objective measurement of psychological processes and behaviour.
Why do people fail to turn healthy intentions into action? An investigation of cognitive control factors affecting dietary behaviour. This CSO funded fellowship program investigates the role of the 'executive functions' in adherence to dietary intentions. To date the project has shown that executive functioning is predictably related to (a) adherence to dietary intentions, (b) resistance to dietary temptation, and (c) capacity to benefit from certain interventions. The final phase of the work (currently ongoing) seeks to develop a dietary intervention that will aid dietary control by compensating for deficient executive functioning. AHPG members actively involved: Julia Allan, Marie Johnston, collaborators – Neil Campbell (Primary Care).
Stress in NHS-24 nurses: Level, determinants and consequences assessed using psychological, physiological and behavioural measures. This CSO funded research grant investigates the causes, levels and consequences of stress in nurses working for the Scottish out-of-hours medical helpline NHS-24. The study integrates self-reports of stress and its theoretical determinants with real time measures of non-metabolic changes in heart rate, objective performance on cognitive tasks, call records and organisational measures of performance to provide a comprehensive picture of stress in the service. AHPG members actively involved: Julia Allan, Derek Johnston, Marie Johnston, Barbara Farqhuarson, Martyn Jones
Nursing stress and patient care: real time investigation of nursing tasks and demands on psychological and physiological stress and on job performance. This CSO funded study aims to link real time changes in nurses' stress levels to potentially modifiable factors in the nursing environment. Ambulatory heart rate monitors will be used in combination with electronic diaries to link stress related change in heart rate and self-reports of stress to nurses' current primary task in real time. AHPG members actively involved: Marie Johnston, Derek Johnston, Julia Allan, Martyn Jones, Cheryl Bell
Executive functioning and dietary decision making. This RERAD funded study in collaboration with the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health aims to explore real time interactions between executive functioning, environmental context and dietary decision making.
Executive functioning and external eating. This MSc project looks at the relationship between susceptibility to external food cues and strength of executive functioning. Types of dietary failures associated with weak executive functioning will be explored qualitatively while quantitative data on the relationship between executive functioning and external eating is collected. AHPG members involved: Taryn Young, Julia Allan.
Course convenor: Health Psychology (MSc Health Services Research & Public Health)
Course convenor: Psychology of Health & Illness (MA/BSc Psychology)
Contributions to Journals
- Bestwick, C., Douglas, FCG., Allan, JL., MacDiarmid, J., Ludbrook, A. & Carlisle, S. (2013). 'A perspective on the strategic approach to the complexity and challenges of behaviour change in relation to dietary health'. Nutrition Bulletin, vol 38, no. 1, pp. 50-56.
[Online] DOI: 10.1111/nbu.12007
- Allan, K. & Allan, JL. (2013). 'An obesogenic bias in women's spatial memory for high calorie snack food'. Appetite, vol 67, pp. 99-104.
[Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2013.03.011
- Allan, JL., Sniehotta, FF. & Johnston, M. (in press). 'The Best Laid Plans: Planning Skill Determines the Effectiveness of Action Plans and Implementation Intentions'. Annals of Behavioral Medicine.
[Online] DOI: 10.1007/s12160-013-9483-9
- Farquharson, B., Bell, C., Johnston, D., Jones, M., Schofield, P., Allan, J., Ricketts, I., Morrison, K. & Johnston, M. (in press). 'Nursing stress and patient care: real-time investigation of the effect of nursing tasks and demands on psychological stress, physiological stress, and job performance: study protocol'. Journal of Advanced Nursing.
[Online] DOI: 10.1111/jan.12090
- Farquharson, B., Allan, JL., Johnston, D., Johnston, M., Choudhary, C. & Jones, M. (2012). 'Stress amongst nurses working in a healthcare telephone-advice service: relationship with job satisfaction, intention to leave, sickness absence, and performance'. Journal of Advanced Nursing, vol 68, no. 7, pp. 1624-1635.
[Online] DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2012.06006.x
- Scott-Brown, K., Allan, JL., Azzopardi, L., van der Pol, M., Crook, P., Bamford, M., Moncrieffe, C., McAvoy, D. & Reynolds, I. (2012). 'Service-Please: an interactive healthy eating serious game application for tablet computer'. Proceedings of BCS Human Computer Interaction, vol XXV1, pp. 381-382.
- Allan, JL., Johnston, M. & Campbell, NC. (2011). 'Missed by and inch or a mile?: Predicting size of intention-behaviour gap from measures of executive control'. Psychology & Health, vol 26, no. 6, pp. 635-650.
[Online] DOI: 10.1080/08870441003681307
[Online] AURA: I_B_gap_PandH_2nd_Preprint.docx
- Johnston, D., Allan, J., Choudhary, CJ., Farquharson, B., Jones, MC., Johnston, M. & Johnston, D. (2011). 'Real time assessment of stress in telephone health services: cardiac consequences for nurses of stressful consultations'. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, vol 41, no. Suppl. 1, pp. S235.
- Allan, JL., Johnston, M. & Campbell, NC. (2010). 'Unintentional eating: what determines goal-incongruent chocolate consumption?'. Appetite, vol 54, no. 2, pp. 422-425.
[Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2010.01.009
[Online] AURA: Allan_Unintentional_eating.docx
[Online] AURA: Spon_failures_APPETITE_REVISED_final_final_1_.doc
- Hesselmann, G., Allan, JL., Sahraie, A., Milders, MV. & Niedeggen, M. (2009). 'Inhibition related impairments of coherent motion perception in the attention-induced motion blindness paradigm'. Spatial Vision, vol 22, no. 6, pp. 493-509.
[Online] DOI: 10.1163/156856809789822961
- Ferguson, E., Williams, L., O'Connor, RC., Howard, S., Hughes, BM., Johnston, DW., Allan, JL., O'Connor, DB., Lewis, CA., Grealy, MA., O'Carroll, RE. & Johnston, D. (2009). 'A Taxometric Analysis of Type-D Personality'. Psychosomatic Medicine, vol 71, no. 9, pp. 981-986.
[Online] DOI: 10.1097/PSY.0b013e3181bd888b
- Powell, R., Allan, JL., Johnston, D., Gao, G., Johnston, M., Kenardy, J., Pollard, BS. & Rowley, D. (2009). 'Activity and Affect: Repeated Within-Participant Assessment in People After Joint Replacement Surgery'. Rehabilitation Psychology, vol 54, no. 1, pp. 83-90.
[Online] DOI: 10.1037/a0014864
- Allan, J., Farquharson, B., Choudhary, C., Johnston, D., Jones, MC. & Johnston, M. (2009). 'Stress in telephone helpline nurses: research protocol for a study of theoretical determinants, physiological aspects and behavioural consequences'. Journal of Advanced Nursing, vol 65, no. 10, pp. 2208-2215.
[Online] DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2009.05118.x
- Allan, JL., Johnston, M. & Campbell, N. (2008). 'Why do people fail to turn good intentions into action?: The role of executive control processes in the translation of healthy eating intentions into action in young Scottish adults'. BMC Public Health, vol 8, pp. 123.
[Online] DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-8-123
[Online] AURA: Allan_Why_do_people_fail_to_turn_good_intentions_into_action.pdf
- Williams, L., O'Connor, RC., Howard, S., Hughes, BM., Johnston, D., Allan, JL., O'Connor, DB., Lewis, CA., Ferguson, E., Sheehy, N., Grealy, MA. & O'Carroll, R. (2008). 'Type-D personality mechanisms of effect: The role of health-related behavior and social support'. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, vol 64, no. 1, pp. 63-69.
[Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2007.06.008
- Conway, Claire A., CA., Jones, BC., DeBruine, L., Little, AC., Hay, JL., Welling, L., Perrett, DI. & Feinberg, DR. (2008). 'Integrating physical and social cues when forming face preferences: Differences among low and high anxiety individuals'. Social Neuroscience, vol 3, no. 1, pp. 89-95.
[Online] DOI: 10.1080/17470910701676145
- Allan, JL. (2008). 'The intention-behaviour gap: It's all under control (executive control)'. European Health Psychologist, vol 10, no. 3, pp. 62-64.
- Allan, JL., Johnston, D., Johnston, M. & Mant, D. (2007). 'Depression and perceived behavioral control are independent predictors of future activity and fitness after coronary syndrome events'. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, vol 63, no. 5, pp. 501-508.
[Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2007.08.001
- Hay, JL., Milders, MV., Sahraie, A. & Niedeggen, M. (2006). 'The effect of perceptual load on attention-induced motion blindness: The efficiency of selective inhibition'. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, vol 32, no. 4, pp. 885-907.
[Online] DOI: 10.1037/0096-1518.104.22.1685
- Allan, JL. & Johnston, DW. (2005). 'Validation of an interactive ambulatory heart rate monitor'. Psychophysiology, vol 42, no. 1, pp. 62-63.
- Milders, MV., Hay, JL., Sahraie, A. & Niedeggen, M. (2004). 'Central inhibition ability modulates attention-induced motion blindness'. Cognition, vol 94, no. 2, pp. B23-B33.
[Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.cognition.2004.06.003
- Farquharson, B., Johnston, D., Bell, C., Allan, JL., Jones, M., Ricketts, I., Schofield, PA. & Johnston, M. (in press). 'Nursing stress and patient care: real-time investigation of the effect of nursing tasks and demands on psychological stress, physiological stress and job performance'. Journal of Advanced Nursing.
Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings
- Allan, JL. (2013). 'Theory'. in M Gellman & RJT (eds), Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine. Springer.
- Allan, JL. (2012). 'Cognitions'. in M Gellman & RJ Turner (eds), Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine. Springer.