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Professor Theresa Marteau

Professor Theresa Marteau

Director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit,

Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge


Biography:

Theresa Marteau is Director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, and Fellow and Director of Studies in Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at Christ’s College, Cambridge. Her research interests include:

  1. Development and evaluation of interventions to change behaviour (principally diet, physical activity, tobacco and alcohol consumption) to improve population health and reduce health inequalities, with a particular focus on targeting non-conscious processes
  2. Risk perception and communication, particular of biomarker-derived risks, and their weak links with behaviour change
  3. Acceptability to publics and policy-makers of population-level intervention to change behavior. 

Keywords

  • the role of evidence for behaviour change in policy
  • risk perception and communication, particularly of biomarker-derived risks
  • the development and evaluation of interventions to change behaviour to improve population health and reduce health inequalities