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Dr Samantha van Beurden

Dr Samantha van Beurden

ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow

 Smeall building 

 

Smeall Building, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK

Overview

Samantha van Beurden is an ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow with a background in psychology and behavioural medicine. She re-joined the College of Medicine and Health full-time in the Primary Care research team in 2019 following an intense year of working across CHERC in the Sport and Health Sciences department and CMH at the University of Exeter as well as Experimental Psychology at the University of Bristol in 2018. Her work is focused on the development, evaluation, and implementation of health behaviour change interventions and has a particular interest in the utility and uptake of digital health and integrating key stakeholder involvement throughout the lifecycle of interventions. 

She completed her PhD 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 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 - weight management and diabetes prevention) and refined a home-based facilitated cardiac rehabilitation programme for people with Heart Failure and their carers (REACH-HF - heart failure) and the training of healthcare professionals to deliver this programme. She led the initial enhanced dissemination of the programme within the NHS through four Beacon Sites in the UK and has recently adapted the cardiac rehab staff training from a 3-day face-to-face course to a 2-day interative online workshop and is currently involved in the digitisation of the REACH-HF programme. She has also developed a digital physical activity intervention for young people with cystic fibrosis which aims to support them in finding activities that are enjoyable and therefore sustainable for them (Teens on Beam - cystic fibrosis). 

Qualifications

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

2020 Digital REACH-HF (Co-I) Digitising home-based cardiac rehabilitation for people living with Heart Failure – British Heart Foundation, Hope for Hearts - £159,668.43 – 01.07.2020 (18 months)

2020 Development of a novel family focused intervention to promote physical activity among young people with cystic fibrosis and their families (Co-I) - NIHR201125 (26285) RfPB - £152,042.00 – 01.01.2021 (14 months)

2020 Taking back control: dealing with impulsive processes in digital health behaviour change - ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (PI) - £121,525.00 – 01.01.2020 (12 months)

2020 Above and Beyond award for community, University of Exeter, £250

2020 Above and Beyond for responding to COVID-19 pandemic and developing and delivering REACH-HF online training for healthcare professionals, University of Exeter

2020 Visiting International Academic Fellow for a incoming visit from Dr Bianca de Wit from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, CLES, University of Exeter, £1615.70

2020 Outward Mobility Fund to visit Macquarie, Deakin and Monash University, match-funded, CLES and CMH, University of Exeter, £3000

2019 Best Poster Award: Poster for REACH-HF Beacon Sites – NHS roll-out of home-based cardiac rehabilitation for people with heart failure, British Association for Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation.

2019 Outward Mobility Fund to visit Deakin and Monash University, CMH, University of Exeter, £5000

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.

Research

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Poltawski L, Van Beurden S, Morgan-Trimmer S, Greaves C (In Press). The dynamics of decision-making in weight loss and maintenance: a qualitative enquiry. BMC Public Health Full text.
van Beurden SB, Smith JR, Lawrence NS, Abraham C, Greaves CJ (2019). Feasibility Randomized Controlled Trial of ImpulsePal: Smartphone App-Based Weight Management Intervention to Reduce Impulsive Eating in Overweight Adults. JMIR Form Res, 3(2). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
van Beurden SB, Greaves CJ, Smith JR, Abraham C (2016). Techniques for modifying impulsive processes associated with unhealthy eating: a systematic review. Health Psychology, 35(8). Abstract.  Full text.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Williams C (In Press). Barriers and facilitators to physical activity among children, adolescents, and young adults with cystic fibrosis: a systematic review and thematic synthesis of qualitative of research. BMJ Open Full text.
Poltawski L, Van Beurden S, Morgan-Trimmer S, Greaves C (In Press). The dynamics of decision-making in weight loss and maintenance: a qualitative enquiry. BMC Public Health Full text.
Dalal H, Taylor RS, Greaves C, Doherty PJ, McDonagh ST, van Beurden SB, Purcell C, REACH-HF Study Group (2020). Correspondence to the EJPC in response to position paper by Ambrosetti M et al. 2020: Cardiovascular rehabilitation and COVID-19: the need to maintain access to evidence-based services from the safety of home. Eur J Prev Cardiol Author URL.
Daw P, van Beurden SB, Greaves C, Veldhuijzen van Zanten JJCS, Harrison A, Dalal H, McDonagh STJ, Doherty PJ, Taylor RS (2020). Getting evidence into clinical practice: protocol for evaluation of the implementation of a home-based cardiac rehabilitation programme for patients with heart failure. BMJ Open, 10(6), e036137-e036137. Abstract.  Full text.
van Beurden SB, Smith JR, Lawrence NS, Abraham C, Greaves CJ (2019). Feasibility Randomized Controlled Trial of ImpulsePal: Smartphone App-Based Weight Management Intervention to Reduce Impulsive Eating in Overweight Adults. JMIR Form Res, 3(2). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
van Beurden SB, Simmons SI, Tang JCH, Mewse AJ, Abraham C, Greaves CJ (2018). Informing the development of online weight management interventions: a qualitative investigation of primary care patient perceptions. BMC Obes, 5 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Bardus M, van Beurden SB, Smith JR, Abraham C (2016). A review and content analysis of engagement, functionality, aesthetics, information quality, and change techniques in the most popular commercial apps for weight management. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act, 13 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
van Beurden SB, Greaves CJ, Smith JR, Abraham C (2016). Techniques for modifying impulsive processes associated with unhealthy eating: a systematic review. Health Psychology, 35(8). Abstract.  Full text.

Chapters

Denford S, Abraham C, Van Beurden S, Smith JR, Morgan-Trimmer S (2017). Behaviours: Behaviour-change interventions for public health. In  (Ed) Design for Health, 58-71.  Abstract.

Conferences

van Beurden SB, Greaves CJ, Smith JR, Abraham C, Lawrence N (2016). FACILITATING WEIGHT LOSS WITH THE IMPULSEPAL APP': a FEASIBILITY STUDY.  Author URL.
van Beurden SB, Greaves CJ, Smith JR, Abraham C (2016). TECHNIQUES FOR MODIFYING IMPULSIVE PROCESSES ASSOCIATED WITH UNHEALTHY EATING: a SYSTEMATIC REVIEW.  Author URL.

Publications by year


In Press

Williams C (In Press). Barriers and facilitators to physical activity among children, adolescents, and young adults with cystic fibrosis: a systematic review and thematic synthesis of qualitative of research. BMJ Open Full text.
Poltawski L, Van Beurden S, Morgan-Trimmer S, Greaves C (In Press). The dynamics of decision-making in weight loss and maintenance: a qualitative enquiry. BMC Public Health Full text.

2020

Dalal H, Taylor RS, Greaves C, Doherty PJ, McDonagh ST, van Beurden SB, Purcell C, REACH-HF Study Group (2020). Correspondence to the EJPC in response to position paper by Ambrosetti M et al. 2020: Cardiovascular rehabilitation and COVID-19: the need to maintain access to evidence-based services from the safety of home. Eur J Prev Cardiol Author URL.
Daw P, van Beurden SB, Greaves C, Veldhuijzen van Zanten JJCS, Harrison A, Dalal H, McDonagh STJ, Doherty PJ, Taylor RS (2020). Getting evidence into clinical practice: protocol for evaluation of the implementation of a home-based cardiac rehabilitation programme for patients with heart failure. BMJ Open, 10(6), e036137-e036137. Abstract.  Full text.

2019

van Beurden SB, Smith JR, Lawrence NS, Abraham C, Greaves CJ (2019). Feasibility Randomized Controlled Trial of ImpulsePal: Smartphone App-Based Weight Management Intervention to Reduce Impulsive Eating in Overweight Adults. JMIR Form Res, 3(2). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

2018

van Beurden SB, Simmons SI, Tang JCH, Mewse AJ, Abraham C, Greaves CJ (2018). Informing the development of online weight management interventions: a qualitative investigation of primary care patient perceptions. BMC Obes, 5 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

2017

Denford S, Abraham C, Van Beurden S, Smith JR, Morgan-Trimmer S (2017). Behaviours: Behaviour-change interventions for public health. In  (Ed) Design for Health, 58-71.  Abstract.

2016

Bardus M, van Beurden SB, Smith JR, Abraham C (2016). A review and content analysis of engagement, functionality, aesthetics, information quality, and change techniques in the most popular commercial apps for weight management. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act, 13 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
van Beurden SB, Greaves CJ, Smith JR, Abraham C, Lawrence N (2016). FACILITATING WEIGHT LOSS WITH THE IMPULSEPAL APP': a FEASIBILITY STUDY.  Author URL.
van Beurden SB, Greaves CJ, Smith JR, Abraham C (2016). TECHNIQUES FOR MODIFYING IMPULSIVE PROCESSES ASSOCIATED WITH UNHEALTHY EATING: a SYSTEMATIC REVIEW.  Author URL.
van Beurden SB, Greaves CJ, Smith JR, Abraham C (2016). Techniques for modifying impulsive processes associated with unhealthy eating: a systematic review. Health Psychology, 35(8). Abstract.  Full text.

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External Engagement and Impact

Conferences and invited presentations

Conferences

van Beurden*, S.B., Daw, P., Dalal, H., McDonagh, S., Greaves, C.J., Doherty, P., Taylor, R. (2019) REACH-HF beacon site project: Developing and evaluating a network of practice for the implementation of home-based heart failure rehabilitation across the UK. Presented at the British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Annual Conference, Nottingham, UK - (moderated 3-minute poster presentation) Best Poster Presentation Award. 

van Beurden*, S. B., Smith, J. R., Lawrence, N. S. & Abraham, C., Greaves, C. J.,  (2019) ImpulsePal: Developing an impulse management intervention to support dietary changes and weight management. Presented at the 33rd Conference of the European Health Psychology Society, Dubrovnik, Croatia.

van Beurden*, S. B., Dalal, H., Greaves, C. J., Doherty, P., & Taylor, R. (2019) REACH-HF Beacon Site Project: Development and evaluation of a network of practice for the implementation of home-based heart failure rehabilitation across the UK. South West regional meeting of the Society for Academic Primary Care, Southampton, UK

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. 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.

Invited Talks

van Beurden, S.B. (Keynote) Developing and evaluating engaging digital interventions: The importance of user and key stakeholder involvement (2020), 12th annual Psychology Conference, University of Plymouth, 9th June, virtual conference.

van Beurden*, S. B. (2018) Resisting Temptations. Can we do it? 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.

Guest Lectures

van Beurden, S.B. (2018) Facilitating eating behaviour change through impulse management. Lecture tdelivered on the first of May for the MSc Nutrition and behaviour postgraduate course at Bournemouth University.

Teaching

Supervision / Group

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