Dr Samantha van Beurden
ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Smeall Building, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK
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).
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.
Publications by category
Publications by year
External Engagement and Impact
Conferences and invited presentations
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.
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.
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.