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University of Exeter Medical School

Dr Samantha van Beurden

Dr Samantha van Beurden

Senior Research Fellow in Complex Interventions

 S.B.vanBeurden@exeter.ac.uk

 South Cloisters 

 

South Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


Overview

Samantha van Beurden is a Senior Research Fellow in the Health and Community Sciences department with a background in Psychology and Behavioural Medicine. 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 during which she developed the ImpulsePal intervention (a digital dietary change intervention supporting individuals with impulse management) and collaborated with Prof Natalia Lawrence in Psychology to move Food Trainer from a web-based intervention to a smartphone app. She was 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 in 2019 (NIHR) and adapted the cardiac rehab staff training from a 3-day face-to-face course to a 2-day online workshop in 2020 (funded by the South West Academic Health Sciences Network), in response to the COVID-19 lockdowns. She is currently leading workpackages in the digitisation of the REACH-HF programme (funded by the British Heart Foundation Hope for Hearts) and is involved in the development of the eLearnign course for the REACH-HF facilitators (funded by the NIHR Programme Development Grant) which builds on the work she had done in 2020. She has also developed a digital physical activity intervention for young people with cystic fibrosis (funded by Vertex Circle of Care) which aims to support them in finding activities that are enjoyable and therefore sustainable for them (Teens on Beam - cystic fibrosis).

She is currently the lead on an NIHR funded feasibility trial of a digital intervention to promote physical activity among young people with cystic fibrosis (Research for Patient Benefit – Joint-Lead: Prof Craig Williams) which follows on from her work with the Youth Activity Unlimited Team in the Children’s Health and Exercise Centre and a co-applicant on two grants related to the REACH-HF home-based cardiac rehab programme for people with Heart Failure (See above). She joined the Third Gap research group through her role on the Process Evaluation of the REACH-HFpEF trial led by Dr Julia Frost, in July 2021). 

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

 

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Publications

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
Van Beurden S, Smith J, Lawrence N (In Press). It helps me to stay on the right path, rather than give in”: Mixed-method process evaluation of the ImpulsePal app-based intervention for weight management. Digital Health
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
Greaves CJ, Poltawski L, van Beurden SB, Price L, Taylor RS, Merrifield R, O'Loughlin L (2023). Addressing the psychology of weight loss and maintenance: a feasibility study of the Skills for weight loss and Maintenance weight management programme. Br J Health Psychol, 28(4), 1261-1282. Abstract.  Author URL.
Daw P, Harrison A, Doherty PJ, van Zanten JJCSV, Dalal HM, Taylor RS, van Beurden SB, McDonagh STJ, Greaves CJ (2022). A pragmatic effectiveness-implementation study comparing trial evidence with routinely collected outcome data for patients receiving the REACH-HF home-based cardiac rehabilitation programme. BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, 22(1). Abstract.
Daw P, Wood GER, Harrison A, Doherty PJ, Veldhuijzen van Zanten JJCS, Dalal HM, Taylor RS, van Beurden SB, McDonagh STJ, Greaves CJ, et al (2022). Barriers and facilitators to implementation of a home-based cardiac rehabilitation programme for patients with heart failure in the NHS: a mixed-methods study. BMJ Open, 12(7). Abstract.  Author URL.
Tomlinson OW, Kovalenko AG, Denford S, Van Beurden S, Cockcroft E, Williams CA (2022). P053 a novel family-focused intervention to support physical activity among children (6–12 years) with cystic fibrosis. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis, 21, S76-S76.
Williams CA, Barker AR, Denford S, van Beurden SB, Bianchim MS, Caterini JE, Cox NS, Mackintosh KA, McNarry MA, Rand S, et al (2022). The Exeter Activity Unlimited statement on physical activity and exercise for cystic fibrosis: methodology and results of an international, multidisciplinary, evidence-driven expert consensus. Chron Respir Dis, 19 Abstract.  Author URL.
Kwasnicka D, Keller J, Perski O, Potthoff S, Ten Hoor GA, Ainsworth B, Crutzen R, Dohle S, van Dongen A, Heino M, et al (2022). White Paper: Open Digital Health - accelerating transparent and scalable health promotion and treatment. Health Psychol Rev, 16(4), 475-491. Abstract.  Author URL.
Aulbach MB, Knittle K, van Beurden SB, Haukkala A, Lawrence NS (2021). App-based food Go/No-Go training: User engagement and dietary intake in an opportunistic observational study. Appetite, 165 Abstract.  Author URL.
Porter L, Button KS, Adams RC, Pennington CR, Chambers CD, Van Beurden S, Johansson O, Powell S, Townsend B, Chong S, et al (2021). Does Device Matter? Inhibition training effects on food choice, liking and approach bias when delivered by smartphone or computer. Appetite, 157
Daw P, van Beurden SB, Greaves C (2021). Getting evidence into clinical practice: protocol for evaluation of the implementation of a home-based cardiac rehabilitation programme for patients with heart failure (vol 10, e036137, 2020). BMJ OPEN, 11(3). Author URL.
van Beurden SB, Greaves CJ, Abraham C, Lawrence NS, Smith JR (2021). ImpulsePal: the systematic development of a smartphone app to manage food temptations using intervention mapping. DIGITAL HEALTH, 7 Author URL.
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.
Aulbach M, Knittle KP, van Beurden S, Haukkala A, Lawrence N (2020). Is more better and how much is enough? Dose-response relationships in app-based food Go/No-Go training.  Abstract.
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.
van Beurden SB, Smith JR, Lawrence NS, Abraham C, Greaves CJ (2018). Feasibility Randomized Controlled Trial of ImpulsePal: Smartphone App–Based Weight Management Intervention to Reduce Impulsive Eating in Overweight Adults (Preprint).  Abstract.
Juneja VK, Mohr TB, Silverman M, Snyder OP (2018). Influence of Cooling Rate on Growth of Bacillus cereus from Spore Inocula in Cooked Rice, Beans, Pasta, and Combination Products Containing Meat or Poultry. Journal of Food Protection, 81(3), 430-436.
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.
Lawrence NS, Van Beurden S, Javaid M, Mostazir MM (2018). Mass dissemination of web and smartphone-delivered food response inhibition training to reduce unhealthy snacking. Appetite, 130
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.
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), 793-806. Abstract.

Chapters

Denford S, Abraham C, Van Beurden S, Smith JR, Morgan-Trimmer S (2019). Health behaviour change interventions. In  (Ed) Cambridge Handbook of Psychology, Health and Medicine: Third Edition, 270-273.
Denford S, Abraham C, Van Beurden S, Smith JR, Morgan-Trimmer S (2017). Behaviours. In  (Ed) Design for Health, Taylor & Francis, 58-71.
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

Daw P, Wood GER, van Zanten JJCSV, Greaves CJ, Harrison A, Doherty PJ, Dalal HM, van Beurden SB, McDonagh STJ, Taylor RS, et al (2022). FACTORS AFFECTING IMPLEMENTATION OF HOME-BASED CARDIAC REHABILITATION PROGRAMME FOR PATIENTS WITH HEART FAILURE IN FOUR NHS SITES.  Author URL.
van Beurden S, O'Donnell R, Davies S, Abraham C, Staiger P (2021). Targeting automaticity processes to reduce alcohol consumption. is it possible, and how?.  Author URL.
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.

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External Engagement and Impact

External positions

UK Society of Behavioural Medicine 
Sam has been a trustee of the UKSBM since 2021 and has the role of Chief Operating Officer on the Executive Committee. 

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Supervision / Group

Postgraduate researchers

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