Dr Tracy Epton PhD. Cpsychol.
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone: +44 (0)161 275 1972
Manchester Centre for Health Psychology
School of Psychological Sciences
University of Manchester
Tracy joined the Manchester Centre for Health Pyschology in September 2013 as a post-doctoral research associate working with Professor Christopher Armitage.
Memberships of Committees and Professional Bodies
Member of the British Psychological Society
Member of the European Health Psychology Society
Understanding the factors that influence the acceptance of health risk information health behaviour change.
The development and testing of health interventions dervied from social psychological theory (including self-affirmation theory, theory of planned behaviour and implementation intentions).
Quantitative research methods
Randomised controlled trials
Multivariate and univariate statistics
Tracy's PhD thesis established that a simple technique (i.e., a self-affirmation manipulation) that encouraged people to reflect on salient positive aspects of their self (e.g., by writing about their values) could be used in conjunction with health risk information to change health behaviour.
Following her PhD Tracy worked on a number of research projects.
A meta-analysis that explored the effect of changing risk perceptions on intentions and behaviour. Does making people think they are at risk, or making them feel afraid or worried, change their behaviour? Analysing the experimental evidence.
- The Robot Companions for Citizens project explored people's perceptions and acceptance of robots should they be used as companions and carers.
- The U@Uni randomised controlled trial explored the effectiveness of a multi-behaviour online health intervention aimed at students in the transition from home to university.
Tracy joined the Manchester Centre for Health Psychology in September 2013.
PhD ‘Self-affirmation and health behaviour change: affective and cognitive predictors, moderators and mediators’ (University of Sheffield, 2009)
Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education ( University of Sheffield, 2009)
MSc Psychological Research Methods (University of Sheffield, 2006)
BSc (Hons) Psychology (University of Sheffield, 2005)
- . Publication link: 70388b82-e7d4-40f9-b864-10cfa7830af6
Cameron, D., Epton, T., Naughton, D., Shah, I., Norman, P., Sheeran, P., ... Petroczi, A. (2015).A theory-based online health behaviour intervention for new university students (U@Uni LifeGuide): Results from a repeat trial.Trials, 16, 555. DOI:10.1186/s13063-015-1092-4
- . Publication link: 4c20bf16-7aab-44f8-bf46-550d69e56e04
Epton, T., Harris, P. R., Kane, R., van Koningsbruggen, G. M., & Sheeran, P. (2014).The Impact of Self-Affirmation on Health-Behavior Change: A Meta-Analysis. Health Psychology. DOI:10.1037/hea0000116
- . Publication link: 1b80e4a5-c98c-48c8-8fdc-c02223d90b3b
Epton, T., Kruger, J., Brennan, A., Strong, M., Thomas, C., & Norman, P. (2014).The cost-effectiveness of a theory-based online health behavior intervention for new university students: An economic evaluation.B M C Public Health, 14, 1011. DOI:10.1186/1471-2458-14-1011.
- . Publication link: baff5633-161c-4e5c-ad98-fe3789c2e1dd
Epton, T., Norman, P., Dadzie, A. S., Harris, P. R., Webb, T. L., Sheeran, P., ... Shah, I. (2014).A theory-based online health behaviour intervention for new university students (U@Uni): Results from a randomised controlled trial. BMC public health, 14(1), . DOI:10.1186/1471-2458-14-563
- . Publication link: 01f05426-d84c-4939-a778-4a0176a50de3
Epton, T., Norman, P., Harris, P. R., Webb, T. L., Sheeran, P., & Snowsill, F. A. (2014).Development of Theory Based Messages for an Online Health Intervention for New University Students (U@Uni).Health Promotion International. DOI:doi: 10.1093/heapro/dau005
- . Publication link: a541ac4b-7559-4360-adaf-5ffc50e7f4ff
Epton, T., Nepusz, T., Petróczi, A., Naughton, D. P., & Norman, P. (2013).Estimating the Prevalence of Socially Sensitive Behaviours: Attributing Guilty and Innocent Noncompliance with the Single Sample Count Method. Psychological Methods.
- . Publication link: 6786710c-6a35-4755-9174-0c1c0ceea10a
Epton, T., Norman, P., Sheeran, P., Harris, P. R., Webb, T. L., Ciravegna, F., ... Kruger, J. (2013).A theory based online health behaviour intervention for new university students: Study protocol. BMC Public Health, 13, 107.
- . Publication link: 5fa6fdfa-63c4-4670-b6ce-9ac0ba09583b
Epton, T., Sheeran, P., & Harris, P. R. (2013).Does heightening people’s risk appraisals change people's intentions and behavior? A meta-analysis of experimental studies. Psychological Bulletin.
- . Publication link: 3f51f4bd-0991-4ef5-95b8-ccc2608b89f8
Epton, T., Young, V., Eiser, C., Johnson, B., Brierley, S., Elliott, J., & Heller, S. (2013).Eating problems in adolescents with Type 1 diabetes: A systematic review with meta analysis. Diabetic medicine, 30, 189-198.
- . Publication link: 0c73ba4c-2218-41c8-ba74-aefcee322b9a
Epton, T., Prescott, T. J., Evers, V., McKee, K., Hawley, M., Webb, T. L., ... Group, T. R. C. F. C. W. (2012).Robot Companion for Citizens: Roadmapping the potential for future robots in empowering older people. In host publication.
- . Publication link: 39d44592-d4bf-43cd-80f5-873f7a94ac38
Epton, T., & Harris, P. R. (2010).The impact of self-affirmation on health-related cognition and health behaviour: Issues and prospects.Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 4(7), 439-454.
- . Publication link: b3ec6521-86e6-404e-b04d-4011db869bd6
Epton, T., & Harris, P. R. (2009).The impact of self-affirmation on health cognition, health behaviour and other health related responses: A narrative review. Social and Personality Psychology Compass,3(6), 962-978.
- . Publication link: 2354eb83-c954-47a2-bbcb-48ca53725f74
Napper, L., Harris, P. R., & Epton, T. (2009).Developing and testing a Self-affirmation manipulation. Self and Identity, 8(1), 45-62.