Dr Emma L Davies

Lecturer in Psychology

My research expertise is in the field of health psychology and has a particular focus on behaviour change theories and developing interventions to improve young people's health and well-being. Recent key projects have explored the potential of using digital tools to reduce alcohol misuse in adolescents and students. I am interested in the social and emotional aspects of health behaviours, and in the application of dual process theories, such as the Prototype Willingness Model.

I teach on a range of modules at Oxford Brookes, including Research Methods, Psychology and Contemporary Issues, and Evidence Based Prevention. I completed my Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PCTHE) in 2014 and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In 2015 I was shortlisted for a Brookes Union Teaching Award. I have also been an Associate Lecturer with The Open University since 2008, teaching on psychology, social sciences and Access to Higher Education modules.

Research Grants

Brett, J., Watson, E., Aveyard, P., Wells, M., Nicholson, B., Foxcroft, D., Sinclair, L., Davies, E.L., De Silva-Minor, S., & Jakes., S. Cancer Research UK Tobacco Advisory Group (£44,582) Knowledge, attitudes and current practice of health professionals regarding the use of e-cigarettes and other smoking cessation interventions in cancer survivors, awarded January 2017.

Davies, E.L. Department of Psychology, Social Work & Public Health Research Award Scheme (£8750) Pilot study to explore teachers' views about digital alcohol interventions for use in Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education Awarded December 2016

Davies, E.L, Lonsdale, A. & Foxcroft, D.R. Oxford Brookes University Competitive Funding Call (£15,785) Alcohol related social embarrassment: A pilot trial to explore the feasibility and effectiveness of a novel intervention to reduce alcohol consumption in undergraduates, Awarded May 2015

Davies. E.L. Alcohol Research UK Small grant scheme (£4930) A digital media intervention tool to reduce alcohol misuse in adolescents: programming and pilot work, Awarded July 2014

Carter, W., Davies, E.L. & Paltoglou, A.E. Oxford Brookes Team Teaching Fellowship Award (£15,000) Vertical Enhancement of Statistics and Psychology Research, Awarded June 2014

Davies, E.L, Martin, J. & Foxcroft, D.R. Alcohol Research UK Studentship (£21,000) Designing and testing an intervention to reduce alcohol misuse in young people based on the Prototype Willingness Model, Awarded May 2010

PhD Students

Parvati Perman-Howe: Differences in the consumption of alcohol of regular strength and reduced strength within licensed premises (with Professor David Foxcroft)

Catherine Wheatley: Achieving Moderate/Vigorous Exercise Intensity During School PE (with Professor Helen Dawes & Professor Heidi Johansen-Berg)

Publications

Davies, E.L. & Paltoglou, A.E. & Foxcroft, D.R. (2017) Implicit alcohol attitudes predict drinking behaviour over and above intentions and willingness in young adults but willingness is more important in adolescents: implications for the Prototype Willingness Model. British Journal of Health Psychology 22 (2) 238-253 DOI 10.1111/bjhp.12225

Davies, E. L., Jolley, D.J., & Coiffait, F.M. (2017). Reflection and connection: UK Psychologists’ views and experiences of blogging. E-Learning and Digital Media 13 (5-6) 196-211 doi.org/10.1177/2042753016689634

Foxcroft, D.R., Callen, H, Davies, E.L. & Okulicz-Kozaryn, K. (2016). Effectiveness of the Strengthening Families Programme 10–14 in Poland: cluster randomized controlled trial European Journal of Public Health http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/ckw195

Kennedy, S., Davies, E.L., Clegg, M., & Ryan, L. (2016) Applying an extended Theory of Planned Behaviour to predict breakfast consumption in adolescents. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition DOI: 10.1038/ejcn.2016.192

Davies, E. L. (2016). ‘The monster of the month’: Teachers’ views about alcohol within personal, social and health education (PSHE) in schools.  Drugs and Alcohol Today 16 (4) doi/abs/10.1108/DAT-02-2016-0005

Davies, E.L. (2016) Feasibility of the Prototype Willingness Model as the basis for school-delivered alcohol misuse prevention: A qualitative think aloud study to explore acceptability of ‘The Alcohol Smart Quiz’ with adolescents and teachers. Journal of Health Psychology doi: 10.1177/1359105316648481

Jolley, D.J., Coffait, F.M. & Davies, E.L. (2016) Welcome to 'blogademia'. The Psychologist 29 (4) 284-287 http://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/volume-29/april/welcome-blogademia

Davies, E.L. Martin, J. & Foxcroft, DR. (2016). Age differences in alcohol prototype perceptions and willingness to drink in UK adolescents. Psychology, Health and Medicine. 21 (3) 317-329 doi: 10.1080/13548506.2015.1051556

Davies, E.L. Martin, J. & Foxcroft, DR. (2016). Development of an adolescent alcohol misuse intervention based on the Prototype Willingness Model: A Delphi study. Health Education 116(3) http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/HE-01-2015-0006

Davies, E.L. (2015). A think aloud study to explore the feasibility and acceptability of a digital intervention for the prevention of alcohol related harm in adolescents. London, Alcohol Research UK, available at:http://alcoholresearchuk.org/downloads/finalReports/FinalReport_0130.pdf

Davies, E.L. Martin, J. & Foxcroft, DR. (2015). Development and acceptability of a co-produced online intervention to prevent alcohol misuse in adolescents: A think aloud study JMIR Human Factors 2(2):e13 doi: 0.2196/humanfactors.4452

Davies, E.L. (2015) Value, collaboration and networks: The benefits of volunteering your time on a committee, In Norris. E (Ed.) A Guide for Psychology Postgraduates: Surviving Postgraduate Study, pp 41-46, Leicester, British Psychological Society

Davies, E. L., Morys-Carter, W.L. & Paltoglou, A.E. (2015). Helping students to climb the mountain: a study to inform the development of a resource to improve the learning of statistics in Psychology. Psychology Teaching Review 21 (1) 56-67

Morys-Carter, W.L. & Paltoglou, A.E. & Davies, E. L. (2015). Vertical Enhancement of Second-Year Psychology Research Psychology Teaching Review 21 (1) 68-72

Davies, E.L. & Jackson, E.J. (2014) ‘Some students really want to know obscure facts about chi-square but other pass out in terror if you mention it’: Psychology postgraduates’ experiences of teaching research methods. Psychology Teaching Review 20 (1) 13-22

Davies, E.L, Martin, J. & Foxcroft, D.R. (2013) Young people talking about alcohol: Focus groups exploring constructs in the Prototype Willingness Model. Drugs: Education, Prevention and PolicyVol. 20, No. 4 , 269-277 do10.3109/09687637.2012.726662

Tyler, R. & Davies, E. L. (2013). Recruitment issues in school based drug and alcohol research with young people PsyPAG Quarterly 87 29-33i

Invited Talks/Workshops

Psychological Approaches to Reducing Alcohol Related Harms in Adolescents Invited talk at Oxford University Psychology and Neuroscience Applications Society 24th February 2016 http://psynapps.org/2016/03/11/psychological-approaches-to-alcohol-related-problems-in-adolescence/

Adding value to your PhD Invited workshop at PsyPAG 30th Anniversary conference, Glasgow, July 2015.

Member of early career researcher panel at Emerging New Researchers in Geographies of Health and Impairment(ENRGHI)Conference, Portsmouth, June 2014

Development and specification of novel behavioural interventions. Pre-conference workshop sponsored by Science for Prevention Academic Network (SPAN) at European Society for Prevention Research, Paris, November 2013.

Selected Conference Presentations

Davies, E.L. 'I am quite mellow, but I wouldn't say anyone else is' Students may disregard alcohol interventions because they believe they drink less than others and behave better than other people when drunk. (poster presentation)British Psychological Society Annual Conference, Brighton, May 2017

Davies, E.L. ‘You can be different types of drunk’: A think aloud study with adolescents and teachers to explore acceptability of a digital intervention to reduce alcohol misuse (oral presentation as part of symposium  on ‘Applying user-centred development methods to create acceptable and persuasive digital health interventions’) UK Society for Behavioural Medicine Annual Conference, Cardiff, UK, December 2016

Davies, E.L. Lonsdale, A.J., Hennelly, S. & Foxcroft, D.R. Personalised digital interventions have no impact on risky drinking and alcohol related harms in young people in a randomised controlled trial (poster presentation) European Society for Prevention Research Annual Conference, Berlin, Germany, November 2015

Davies, E.L. How much is too much? A think aloud study to explore the feasibility and acceptability of a digital intervention for the prevention of alcohol related harm in adolescents (oral presentation) European Society for Prevention Research Annual Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia, October 2015

Davies, E.L. It's okay to have alcohol every now and again but excessive drinking is a bit weird: exploring the acceptability and feasibility of the alcohol smart quiz in a think aloud study (poster presentation) British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference, London, September 2015

Davies. E.L, Martin, J & Foxcroft D.R. Development of a co-produced intervention to prevent alcohol misuse in young people: A think aloud study (Poster presentation) British Psychological Society Annual Conference, Liverpool, May 2015

Davies. E.L, Martin, J & Foxcroft, D. A think aloud study evaluating the acceptability and feasibility of an alcohol misuse intervention for young people (Oral presentation) Alcohol Research UK Postgraduate and early career research symposium, London, March 2014.

Qualifications

Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PCTHE) Oxford Brookes University 2014

PhD Psychology and Public Health, Oxford Brookes University 2013

Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Research Methods, The Open University 2010

MSc Psychology The Open University 2008

BSc Psychology University of Southampton 2001

Membership of Professional Bodies

Publications from RADAR

  • Davies, E, Jolley, D, Coiffait, F (2017) Reflection and connection: UK Psychologists’ views and experiences of blogging. E-Learning and Digital Media [summary page]
  • Davies, E (2016) Feasibility of the Prototype Willingness Model as the basis for school-delivered alcohol misuse prevention: A qualitative think aloud study to explore acceptability of ‘The Alcohol Smart Quiz’ with adolescents and teachers.. Journal of Health Psychology [summary page]
  • Davies, E (2016) ‘The monster of the month’: Teachers’ views about alcohol within personal, social and health education (PSHE) in schools. Drugs and Alcohol Today, 16 (4). [summary page]
  • Davies, E, Martin, J, Foxcroft, D (2016) Development of an adolescent alcohol misuse intervention based on the Prototype Willingness Model: A Delphi study. Health Education, 116 (3). pp. 275-291. [summary page]
  • Davies, E, Paltoglou, A, Foxcroft, D (2016) Implicit alcohol attitudes predict drinking behavior over and above intentions and willingness in young adults but willingness is more important in adolescents: implications for the Prototype Willingness Model. British Journal of Health Psychology [summary page]
  • Foxcroft, D, Callen, H, Davies, E, Okulicz-Kozaryn, K (2016) Effectiveness of the Strengthening Families Programme 10–14 in Poland: cluster randomized controlled trial. European Journal of Public Health [summary page]
  • Jolley, D, Coiffait, F, Davies, E (2016) Psychologists and 'Blogademia': Purpose, positives and pitfalls. The Psychologist, 29 (4). pp. 284-287. [summary page]
  • Kennedy, S, Davies, E, Ryan, L, Clegg, M (2016) Applying an extended Theory of Planned Behaviour to predict breakfast consumption in adolescents. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition [summary page]
  • Davies, E, Foxcroft, D, Martin, J (2015) Development and acceptability of a co-produced online intervention to prevent alcohol misuse in adolescents: A think aloud study. JMIR Human Factors, 2 (2). [summary page]
  • Davies, E, Martin, J, Foxcroft, D (2015) Age differences in alcohol prototype perceptions and willingness to drink in UK adolescents. Psychology, Health and Medicine , 21 (3). pp. 317-329. [summary page]
  • Davies, E, Morys-Carter , W, Paltoglou, A (2015) Helping students to climb the mountain: A study to inform the development of a resource to improve the learning of statistics in psychology. Psychology Teaching Review, 21 (1). pp. 56-67. [summary page]
  • Morys-Carter, W, Paltoglou, A, Davies, E (2015) Vertical enhancement of second-year psychology research. Psychology Teaching Review, 21 (1). pp. 68-72. [summary page]

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