Dr Samantha Van Beurden
Postdoctoral Research Associate – Children’s Health and Exercise Research Centre (CHERC)
Samantha van Beurden is a postdoctoral research associate with a background in psychology and behavioural medicine. She joined CHERC on a part-time basis in January 2018 while continuing her work in Primary Care (CMH) at the University of Exeter, and starting a post in Experimental Psychology at the University of Bristol. In CHERC she is currently working on a project aiming to develop a digital intervention to promote physical activity in young people with Cystic Fibrosis.
She completed her PhD (awarded in 2018) at the University of Exeter Medical School. As part of her PhD she developed, implemented, and evaluated a novel theory and evidence-based digital intervention (ImpulsePal) that targets impulsive processes to facilitate dietary change for weight management (Obesity). She is also actively involved in the Sugar Smart Exeter working group which is a (now national) campaign aiming to reduce the city’s sugar intake via changes primarily at organisational and environmental level.
She has also worked on projects funded by the NIHR including the mixed-methods evaluation of a group-based weight management intervention focussing on weight loss and long-term maintenance (SkiM) and more recently she updated a home-based facilitated cardiac rehabilitation programme for people with Heart Failure and their carers (REACH-HF) and is currently leading the enhanced dissemination of the programme within the NHS through four Beacon Sites in the UK.
2018 PhD Medical Studies – University of Exeter
2013 MSc Social and Organisational Psychology – University of Exeter
2009 MSc Psychological Research Methods – University of Plymouth
2008 BSc (Hons) Psychology – University of Plymouth
Funding, scholarships and awards
2017 The health and behavior international collaborative award, International Society of Behavioral Medicine, $3000.
2013-2017 Doctoral Scholarship, University of Exeter Medical School.
2013 MSc. Prize for Social and Organizational Psychology, University of Exeter, £50.
2013 Dean's Commendation, Psychology, University of Exeter.
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Publications by year
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External Engagement and Impact
Conferences and invited presentations
van Beurden*, S. B., Greaves, C. J., Smith, J. R., Abraham, C., & Lawrence, N.S. (2017) ImpulsePal: a smartphone app-based intervention to help people manage impulsive in-the-moment eating. Presented at the 31st annual EHPS conference, Padua, Italy.
van Beurden*, S. B., Greaves, C. J., Smith, J. R., & Abraham, C. (2016) Techniques for modifying impulsive processes associated with unhealthy eating: A systematic review. Poster will be presented at the International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, Melbourne, Australia. (poster presentation)
van Beurden*, S. B., Greaves, C. J., Smith, J. R., & Abraham, C. (2016) Facilitating weight loss with the ‘ImpulsePal app’: A feasibility study. Poster will be presented at the International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, Melbourne, Australia. (poster presentation)
van Beurden*, S. B., Greaves, C. J., Smith, J. R., & Abraham, C. (2015). Identifying Techniques for Modifying Impulsive Influences on Eating Behaviour: A systematic review. Presented at the 29th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society, Limassol, Cyprus.
van Beurden*, S. B., Greaves, C. J., Smith, J. R., & Abraham, C. (2014). Identifying Impulse Management Techniques to Support Eating Behaviour Change: A Systematic Review. Presented at the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine 10th Annual Scientific Meeting, Nottingham, UK.
van Beurden*, S. B., Simmons, S., Mewse, A., Abraham, C., Tang, J., & Greaves, C. J. (2014). Patient Experiences of Free Internet-Based Weight Loss Interventions. Presented at the 28th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society, Innsbruck, Austria.
van Beurden*, S. B. (2018) Resisting Temptations. Can we do it? To be presented at the Pint of Science Festival, 16th May, Exeter, UK.
van Beurden*, S. B., Greaves, C. J., Smith, J. R., Abraham, C., & Lawrence, N.S. (2017) ImpulsePal: an app a day keeps the cravings away. Presented at the APEx seminar, 18th Oct, University of Exeter Medical School, Exeter, UK.
van Beurden*, S. B., Greaves, C. J., Smith, J. R., Abraham, C., & Lawrence, N.S. (2017) ImpulsePal: Developing an intervention to resist temptation and change habits. Final Friday Science: a collaborative event run by the British Psychological Society and Set Squared, Exeter, UK. (non-academic audience)
van Beurden*, S. B., Greaves, C. J., Smith, J. R., Abraham, C., & Lawrence, N.S. (2016) Developing and evaluating a novel intervention to support weight loss. Presented at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.
van Beurden, S.B. (2018) Facilitating eating behaviour change through impulse management. Lecture to be delivered on the first of May for the MSc Nutrition and behaviour postgraduate course at Bournemouth University.