Professor Diane Dixon
PhD, BA, PhD, BSc, C.Psychol
Chair In Health Psychology
- C. Psychol Health Psychology2007 - British Psychological Society
- HCPC Reg Health Psychology2007 - Health & Care Professions Council
- PhD Health Psychology2006 - University of Aberdeen
- BA (Hons) Psychology2001 - University of Strathclyde
- PhD Biochemistry1989 - University of Loughborough
- BSc (Hons) Biochemistry and Pharmacology1985 - University of Aston
Memberships and Affiliations
- Internal Memberships
Aberdeen Health Psychology Group Lead
University of Aberdeen Senate
Institute of Applied Health Sciences, Management Group
IAHS Postgraduate Teaching Committee
- External Memberships
2017-2020 UK Prevention Research Partnership (an alliance of UK funders, led by the MRC, with a budget of £50 million to support research into the primary prevention of non-communicable diseases): Member
2014-2018 Cancer Research-UK: Cancer Prevention Expert Reference Group: Chair
2012-2018 Cancer Research-UK Population Research Funding Committee: Member
2013-2016 Cancer Research-UK New Investigator Award Panel: Member
British Psychological Society
2017- Deputy British Psychological Society representative on the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network Council
2013-2016 British Psychological Society, Division of Health Psychology, Scotland: Chair
2011-2012 British Psychological Society, Division of Health Psychology, Scotland Committee: Secretary and Chair elect
2007-2008 British Psychological Society, Scotland Committee: Member
2004-2011 British Psychological Society, Division of Health Psychology, Scotland Committee: Member
Prizes and Awards
2006 Fellowship, MRC Health Services Research Collaboration.
2001 Awarded Ph.D. studentship by the MRC-Heath Services Research Collaboration
2001 The Gustav Jahoda Prize for outstanding academic performance in Psychology
2001 The Keith Morton Memorial Prize for the most distinguished mature student in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
My research is in Health Psychology and Health Services Research. I organise my research into three related work streams: chronic health conditions; measurement of theoretical constructs and health outcomes; and enhancing the delivery of health care. I apply psychological theory to understand disability associated with chronic health conditions and outcomes from medical and surgical interventions. Of particular interest is the integration of psychological and medical models of health and illness, with a particular focus on their application to musculoskeletal conditions. I am interested in the measurement of theoretical constructs, including, psychological constructs and patient reported health outcomes. Here my interest is in the content validity of measures, ensuring measures are consistent with theory and examining the variability in the information available from measures across demographic and social characteristics of respondents. I also apply psychological theory to enhance the delivery of health care. This work applies behavioural science to develop competency frameworks for health and social care staff and training programmes for staff and members of the public.
Applied Health Sciences
Government and Government Related
Scottish Government Health Directorates: Seconded to (2009-2011) the Scottish Government Health Directorates in relation to its health behaviour and health behaviour change agenda.
Health Behaviour Change Competency Framework (2011) co-authored for Scottish Government (http://www.healthscotland.com/uploads/documents/14543-HBCC_framework1.pdf), and used by NHS-Health Scotland to inform their training programmes nationally.
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (2012). Co-ordinated the response of the UK Society of Behavioural Medicine’s evaluation of the draft paper on the Management of Diabetes.
Scottish Parliamentary Cross Party Group on Obesity (2010). Invited presentation on the role of behaviour change interventions for the prevention and treatment of obesity.
House of Lords Science and Technology Committee’s enquiry into Behaviour Change (2010). Submission of evidence to the enquiry.
Scottish Intercollegiate Guideline Network (SIGN) (2009-2010): Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis guideline development group. SIGN is the body responsible for the development and implementation of evidence based practice guidelines in Scotland.
Scottish Government funded (2008-2009) community education project: a play about cardiovascular disease in deprived areas of Glasgow: The Angina Monologues: The science of cardiovascular disease.
Evaluation of Reshaping Care for Older People in North Lanarkshire (2015-2016). Funded KT project led by Dr Pauline Adair.
Competence Framework for Psychological Interventions for People with Persistent Physical Health Conditions (2013-2014). Member of the expert reference group for the competency framework. Funded by NHS-Education Scotland and the IAPT service in England.
Developing a Collaborative Care Model for managing chronic pain in primary care (2013-2014). Funded KT project with NHS-Grampian, led by Dr Pauline Adair.
Health Scotland and NHS Education Scotland: Public Health Workforce Development Group (2011). Invited presentation on the competencies required for delivery of health behaviour change interventions
Macmillan Cancer Support (2012). Contributed health psychology expertise to an interdisciplinary workshop to discuss workforce training and skills required to support patients to make lifestyle behaviour changes.
Multiple Sclerosis International Federation, International Meeting, Glasgow (2012): Exercise for People with Multiple Sclerosis. Member of expert group tasked with identifying exercise outcome measures for use with people with M.S.
Napp Pharmaceuticals (2009). Provision of a training seminar on models of disability in chronic pain to Lanarkshire NHS.
Unilever Research. Seminar on n-of-1 methods for testing physical activity interventions (2008).
2015-2018: Gail McMillan: Self-regulation in chronic pain. University of Strathclyde PhD Competition. 6-month secondment to Health Scotland.
2016-2019: Susan Stephen Measuring patterns of change in client congruence: A longitudinal and cross-sectional investigation. Part-time student.
2014-2019: Ann Campbell: Assessing and facilitating the development of personal agency in patients in palliative care. Part-time student.
2015 - 2018: Rebecca Laidlaw: Using mhealth to improve sexual health behaviours in rural Malawi. EPSRC PhD scholarship. 2nd supervisor.
2011 - 2017: Tiffany Hamilton-Barclay: Self-management in people with musculoskeletal disorders. University of Strathclyde PhD Competition. Full then part-time student. 1st supervisor.
2013 - 2016: Hanan Demyati: Using the ICF in daily practice for children with cerebral palsy. Department of Defence, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 2nd then 1st supervisor.
2012 - 2016: Jenny Dryden: Optimising self-management in stroke: testing theory-based, personally tailored interventions. University of Strathclyde PhD Competition. Full then part-time student. 1st supervisor.
Health Psychology Professional Training
I am an accredited supervisor for the British Psychological Society’s Qualification in Health Psychology. This qualification is recognised for registration with the Health Care and Professions Council and confers Chartered Psychologist status.
Rebecca Laidlaw, 2018. Independent route.
Jennifer Dryden, 2018. Independent route.
Heather Locke, 2015. NHS Education Scotland funded trainee.
Catherine Murray, 2015. NHS Education Scotland funded trainee.
Nicola Hobbs, 2010. Independent route.
2010 - 2013: Joanne Cummings: Interventions to improve cognition and physical activity in long-term stroke survivors. University of Strathclyde PhD Competition. 2nd supervisor.
2006 - 2009: Nicola Hobbs: Applying Psychological Theory to Understand Physical Activity and Disability. University of Stirling PhD Competition. 1st supervisor.
Funding and Grants
2020-2021: Work-related stress: the Impact of COVID-19 on Critical Care and Redeployed Nurses NIHR. £184 567. Prof. D. Dixon, Dr J. Rattray, Dr C. L. McCallum, Dr L. Salisbury, Dr P. Ramsay, Dr. A. Hull, Dr S. Cole, Ms. T Scott.
2020 - 2020: Protecting population physical & mental health during the coronavirus pandemic: A representative national weekly survey to understand changes. Chief Scientist Office. £325,458. Prof D. Dixon, Prof G. Hubbard, Prof, M. Johnston, Dr C. Den Das, Dr J. Allan, Prof P. Murchie, Prof R. O’Carroll, Ms M. Stead, Dr W. Maltinsky, Prof S. Mercer, Dr B. Farquharson, Dr. L. Fleming.
2019 - 2020: Non-adherence to hormonal therapy in breast cancer survivors: a systematic review and qualitative analysis of the role of sleep disturbance. Chief Scientist Office £29,751. Dr. L Fleming, Dr I. MacPherson, Dr M. Crawford, Prof. D. Dixon.
2019 - 2020: Using behavioural science to improve the effectiveness of telephone-assisted CPR. Chief Scientist Office. £31,190. Dr D. Dixon, Dr B. Farquharson.
2019 - 2020: Developing a behavioural intervention to increase lay-people’s intentions to initiate CPR in the event of out of hospital cardiac arrest. MRC (PHIND). £140,237. Dr B. Farquharson, Dr D. Dixon, Dr P. Ramsay, Dr G. Clegg, Prof. B. Williams, Mrs Lisa MacInnes.
2018 – 2019: Developing a behavioural intervention to improve the effectiveness of CPR training for lay people. Chief Scientist Office. £27,307. Dr B. Farquharson, Dr D. Dixon, Prof. B. Williams.
2012 - 2015: Optimising self-management in stroke: testing theory-based, personally tailored interventions. University of Strathclyde PhD Competition. ~£46,500 Dr D. Dixon, Prof M. Grealy.
2014: Developing effective interventions to promote the safe administration of medicines to children in hospital. Bridging the Gap Fund, University of Strathclyde. £4,593. Dr P. Adair, Dr, G. Akram & Dr D. Dixon.
2013: Understanding how stroke survivors manage their lives after stroke: application of a theoretical model of successful aging. Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland. £4957. Dr D. Dixon. Dr T. Quinn, Prof. M. Grealy, Dr M. Brady, Prof. K. MacKenzie.
2012 - 2013: Analysis of time series data for behavioural medicine. Bridging the Gap Fund, University of Strathclyde. £9,545. Dr D. Dixon, Prof. M. Grealy, Dr. S. Rasmussen & Dr. J. Pan.
2012 - 2012: How infectious is human behaviour? Bridging the Gap Fund, University of Strathclyde. £12,236. Dr D. Dixon, Dr. S. Webb & Prof. M. Grealy.
2011 - 2012: Testing Health Behaviour Change Theory in Individuals Using n-of-1 Methods. HASS Faculty Strategic Fund, University of Strathclyde. £24,685. Dr D. Dixon.
2010 - 2013: Self-management in people with musculoskeletal disorders. University of Strathclyde PhD Competition, International Studentship. ~£66,000. Dr D. Dixon, Dr S. Rasmussen.
2009 - 2012: How do demographic, social, psychological and clinical factors affect a) the validity of health outcome measures and b) the relationships between constructs within the ICF model? an analysis in a community cohort of people with osteoarthritis. Arthritis Research Campaign. £122,422. Prof. M. Johnston, Dr. B. Pollard & Dr D. Dixon.
2008 – 2010: Causal modelling in locomotor activity limitations: The application of n-of-1 methods. MRC Health Services Research Collaboration. £16,135. Dr D Dixon & Prof. M. Johnston.
2008 – 2009: The Angina Monologues: The science of cardiovascular disease. Scottish Government Science Engagement Grant. £20,000. Prof. R. Plevin, Dr D. Dixon, Prof. G. McInnes, Dr H. Elliot, Ms. S. C. Triesman & J. Sands.
2008: Patient Safety in Primary Care Pilot: Project Evaluation. Forth Valley & Tayside NHS. £11,405. Dr. V. Swanson, Dr D. Dixon, Dr, J. Chambers.
2006 - 2009: Causal modeling of locomotor activity limitations and clinical decision making in orthopaedics. Fellowship, 60% secondment: MRC Health Services Research Collaboration. £81,451. Dr. D. Dixon.
2006 - 2009: Applying psychological theory to understand physical activity and disability. University of Stirling PhD Competition. ~£36,000. Dr D. Dixon.
2006 - 2007: Banning smoking in public places: the impact on smoking, physical activity and diet. Forth Valley R&D. £5,000. Dr. D. Dixon, Dr. V. Swanson, Dr. R. O'Connor & Prof. R. O'Carroll.
2006 – 2006: Promoting the use of Personal Asthma Action Plans in Scotland. A systematic review of the evidence. Quality Improvement Scotland. £30,672. With Dr. N. Ring, Dr C. Malcolm, Prof. S. Wyke, Dr. D. Dixon, Dr. S. MacGillivray, Dr G. Hoskins, Dr. H. Pinnock & Prof. A. Sheikh.
2005 – 2007: Disability in the community: the role of chronic pain and illness cognitions. Chief Scientist Office. £14,894. Prof. Marie Johnston, Dr. D. Dixon, Prof. P. Hannaford & Dr. A. Elliott.
2005: Applying an integrated theoretical model of disability. CSO, Advanced Training Fellowship. £111, 138. Dr. D. Dixon. This fellowship was awarded but I declined the award to take up the lectureship at Stirling.
2005: Conceptual and Measurement Models of disability: ESRC/MRC, Postdoctoral Fellowship, £61, 972. Dr. D. Dixon. This fellowship was awarded but I declined the award to take up the lectureship at Stirling.
Non-course Teaching Responsibilities
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The impact of medication side effects on adherence and persistence to hormone therapy in breast cancer survivors: A qualitative systematic review and thematic synthesisBreast, vol. 58, pp. 147-159Contributions to Journals: Review articles
Work-related stress: The impact of COVID-19 on critical care and redeployed nurses: A mixed-methods studyBMJ Open, vol. 11, no. 7, e051326Contributions to Journals: Articles
Using behavioural theory to understand adherence to behaviours that reduce transmission of Covid-19: evidence from the CHARIS representative national studyBritish Journal of Health PsychologyContributions to Journals: Articles
Sociodemographic and psychological risk factors for anxiety and depression: Findings from the COVID-19 Health and Adherence Research in Scotland (CHARIS) cross-sectional surveyInternational Journal of Behavioral MedicineContributions to Journals: Articles
Protocol of the COVID-19 Health and Adherence Research in Scotland (CHARIS) study: Understanding changes in adherence to transmission-reducing behaviours, mental and general health, in repeated cross-sectional representative survey of the Scottish populationBMJ Open, vol. 11, no. 2, e044135Contributions to Journals: Articles
Characterization of Preoperative, Postsurgical, Acute and Chronic Pain in High Risk Breast Cancer PatientsJournal of Clinical Medicine, vol. 9, no. 12, 3831Contributions to Journals: Articles
MAP: a mnemonic for mapping BCTs to three routes to behaviour changeBritish Journal of Health Psychology, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 1086-1101Contributions to Journals: Articles
Self-Regulatory Processes, Motivation to Conserve Resources and Activity Levels in People With Chronic Pain: A Series of Digital N-of-1 Observational StudiesFrontiers in Psychology, vol. 11, 516485Contributions to Journals: Articles
The feasibility and effects of eye movement training for visual field loss after stroke: a mixed methods studyBritish Journal of Occupational TherapyContributions to Journals: Articles
What Competences Are Required to Deliver Person-Person Behaviour Change Interventions: Development of a Health Behaviour Change Competency FrameworkInternational Journal of Behavioral MedicineContributions to Journals: Articles