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Laura Lamming

Part time PhD student

Laura Lamming

Research title: Exploring the link between feedback on affect, and physical activity, on physical activity intentions and behaviour in parents.

Supervisors: Mr Andy Scally (University of Bradford), Dr Maria Horne (University of Leeds) and Dr Ian Kellar (University of Leeds).

Laura joined the University of Bradford in September 2015 as a Research Fellow and subsequently as started a part time PhD (February 2016).

Laura believes that the long term benefits of physical activity are too distal to motivate individuals to be active and believes that focusing on shorter term benefits, such as positive affect might be more effective for behaviour change. As such, she hopes to develop an app which will take advantage of the increase in positive affect elicited by a bout of activity, in order to support adults to become more physically active in the future. (Any insights from teams who have developed physical activity or mood monitoring apps, or are interested in collaborating, or from any app designers interested in being involved are welcome. See contact details below.)

Outside of her studies, current research includes a qualitative evaluation of an acute kidney injury quality improvement intervention funded by The Health Foundation (Tackling Acute Kidney Injury) and an investigation of acute feedback on physical activity behaviour.

In addition Laura is conducting qualitative work on the implementation of community-based health campaigns and investigating the use of digital platforms and mobile phones to promote Patient and Public Involvement and behaviour change. This work has been carried over from her time spent with Born in Bradford (2014-2015).

Before joining Born in Bradford, Laura was part of the Primary Care Unit in Cambridge. There, Laura worked on studies involving implementation intentions and medication adherence, development and application of a coding framework for in-depth post-hoc quality and fidelity assessment of a consultation-based intervention (Support and Advice for Medication Study, SAMS) and an NIHR funded programme of work developing and evaluating very brief interventions to increase physical activity in primary care (VBI Programme).

Related publications:

Lamming. L., Scally, A., Horne, M., Kellar. I. What do we know about feedback on affect for promoting physical activity intentions and behaviour? A systematic review. PROSPERO International prospective register of systematic reviews. 2016:CRD42016034203 Available from