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Dr Samantha van Beurden

Dr Samantha van Beurden

Research Fellow in Complex Interventions

 Smeall building 

 

Smeall Building, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK

Overview

Samantha van Beurden is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the College for Medicine and Health with a background in Psychology and Behavioural Medicine. 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 in which she developed the ImpulsePal intervention (a digital dietary change intervention supporting individuals with impulse management) and collaborated with Prof Natalia Lawrence in Psychology to move Food Trainer from a web-based intervention to a smartphone app. She was 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). 

She is currently the lead on an NIHR funded feasibility trial of a digital intervention to promote physical activity among young people with cystic fibrosis (Research for Patient Benefit – Joint-Lead: Prof Craig Williams) which follows on from her work with the Youth Activity Unlimited Team in the Children’s Health and Exercise Centre and a co-applicant on two grants related to the REACH-HF home-based cardiac rehab programme for people with Heart Failure – in which she leads work packages focused on the digital adaptation of the intervention itself (British Heart Foundation) and the facilitator training (NIHR Programme Development Grant). She recently joined the Third Gap research group through her role on the Process Evaluation of the REACH-HFpEF trial led by Dr Julia Frost.

Qualifications

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.

Research

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Poltawski L, Van Beurden S, Morgan-Trimmer S, Greaves C (In Press). The dynamics of decision-making in weight loss and maintenance: a qualitative enquiry. BMC Public Health
van Beurden SB, Smith JR, Lawrence NS, Abraham C, Greaves CJ (2019). Feasibility Randomized Controlled Trial of ImpulsePal: Smartphone App-Based Weight Management Intervention to Reduce Impulsive Eating in Overweight Adults. JMIR Form Res, 3(2). Abstract.  Author URL.
van Beurden SB, Greaves CJ, Smith JR, Abraham C (2016). Techniques for modifying impulsive processes associated with unhealthy eating: a systematic review. Health Psychology, 35(8), 793-806. Abstract.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Williams C (In Press). Barriers and facilitators to physical activity among children, adolescents, and young adults with cystic fibrosis: a systematic review and thematic synthesis of qualitative of research. BMJ Open
van Beurden SB, Smith JR, Lawrence NS, Abraham C, Greaves CJ (In Press). Feasibility Randomized Controlled Trial of ImpulsePal: Smartphone App–Based Weight Management Intervention to Reduce Impulsive Eating in Overweight Adults (Preprint).  Abstract.
Aulbach M, Knittle KP, van Beurden S, Haukkala A, Lawrence N (In Press). Is more better and how much is enough? Dose-response relationships in app-based food Go/No-Go training.  Abstract.
Poltawski L, Van Beurden S, Morgan-Trimmer S, Greaves C (In Press). The dynamics of decision-making in weight loss and maintenance: a qualitative enquiry. BMC Public Health
Daw P, Harrison A, Doherty PJ, van Zanten JJCSV, Dalal HM, Taylor RS, van Beurden SB, McDonagh STJ, Greaves CJ (2022). A pragmatic effectiveness-implementation study comparing trial evidence with routinely collected outcome data for patients receiving the REACH-HF home-based cardiac rehabilitation programme. BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, 22(1). Abstract.
Daw P, Wood GER, Harrison A, Doherty PJ, Veldhuijzen van Zanten JJCS, Dalal HM, Taylor RS, van Beurden SB, McDonagh STJ, Greaves CJ, et al (2022). Barriers and facilitators to implementation of a home-based cardiac rehabilitation programme for patients with heart failure in the NHS: a mixed-methods study. BMJ Open, 12(7). Abstract.  Author URL.
Tomlinson OW, Kovalenko AG, Denford S, Van Beurden S, Cockcroft E, Williams CA (2022). P053 a novel family-focused intervention to support physical activity among children (6–12 years) with cystic fibrosis. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis, 21, S76-S76.
Williams CA, Barker AR, Denford S, van Beurden SB, Bianchim MS, Caterini JE, Cox NS, Mackintosh KA, McNarry MA, Rand S, et al (2022). The Exeter Activity Unlimited statement on physical activity and exercise for cystic fibrosis: methodology and results of an international, multidisciplinary, evidence-driven expert consensus. Chron Respir Dis, 19 Abstract.  Author URL.
Kwasnicka D, Keller J, Perski O, Potthoff S, Ten Hoor GA, Ainsworth B, Crutzen R, Dohle S, van Dongen A, Heino M, et al (2022). White Paper: Open Digital Health - accelerating transparent and scalable health promotion and treatment. Health Psychol Rev, 1-17. Abstract.  Author URL.
Aulbach MB, Knittle K, van Beurden SB, Haukkala A, Lawrence NS (2021). App-based food Go/No-Go training: User engagement and dietary intake in an opportunistic observational study. Appetite, 165 Abstract.  Author URL.
Porter L, Button KS, Adams RC, Pennington CR, Chambers CD, Van Beurden S, Johansson O, Powell S, Townsend B, Chong S, et al (2021). Does Device Matter? Inhibition training effects on food choice, liking and approach bias when delivered by smartphone or computer. Appetite, 157
Daw P, van Beurden SB, Greaves C (2021). Getting evidence into clinical practice: protocol for evaluation of the implementation of a home-based cardiac rehabilitation programme for patients with heart failure (vol 10, e036137, 2020). BMJ OPEN, 11(3). Author URL.
van Beurden SB, Greaves CJ, Abraham C, Lawrence NS, Smith JR (2021). ImpulsePal: the systematic development of a smartphone app to manage food temptations using intervention mapping. DIGITAL HEALTH, 7 Author URL.
Dalal H, Taylor RS, Greaves C, Doherty PJ, McDonagh ST, van Beurden SB, Purcell C, REACH-HF Study Group (2020). Correspondence to the EJPC in response to position paper by Ambrosetti M et al. 2020: Cardiovascular rehabilitation and COVID-19: the need to maintain access to evidence-based services from the safety of home. Eur J Prev Cardiol Author URL.
Daw P, van Beurden SB, Greaves C, Veldhuijzen van Zanten JJCS, Harrison A, Dalal H, McDonagh STJ, Doherty PJ, Taylor RS (2020). Getting evidence into clinical practice: protocol for evaluation of the implementation of a home-based cardiac rehabilitation programme for patients with heart failure. BMJ Open, 10(6), e036137-e036137. Abstract.
van Beurden SB, Smith JR, Lawrence NS, Abraham C, Greaves CJ (2019). Feasibility Randomized Controlled Trial of ImpulsePal: Smartphone App-Based Weight Management Intervention to Reduce Impulsive Eating in Overweight Adults. JMIR Form Res, 3(2). Abstract.  Author URL.
Juneja VK, Mohr TB, Silverman M, Snyder OP (2018). Influence of Cooling Rate on Growth of Bacillus cereus from Spore Inocula in Cooked Rice, Beans, Pasta, and Combination Products Containing Meat or Poultry. Journal of Food Protection, 81(3), 430-436. Abstract.
van Beurden SB, Simmons SI, Tang JCH, Mewse AJ, Abraham C, Greaves CJ (2018). Informing the development of online weight management interventions: a qualitative investigation of primary care patient perceptions. BMC Obes, 5 Abstract.  Author URL.
Lawrence NS, Van Beurden S, Javaid M, Mostazir MM (2018). Mass dissemination of web and smartphone-delivered food response inhibition training to reduce unhealthy snacking. Appetite, 130
Bardus M, van Beurden SB, Smith JR, Abraham C (2016). A review and content analysis of engagement, functionality, aesthetics, information quality, and change techniques in the most popular commercial apps for weight management. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act, 13 Abstract.  Author URL.
van Beurden SB, Greaves CJ, Smith JR, Abraham C (2016). Techniques for modifying impulsive processes associated with unhealthy eating: a systematic review. Health Psychology, 35(8), 793-806. Abstract.

Chapters

Denford S, Abraham C, Van Beurden S, Smith JR, Morgan-Trimmer S (2019). Health behaviour change interventions. In  (Ed) Cambridge Handbook of Psychology, Health and Medicine: Third Edition, 270-273.
Tsekleves E, Cooper R, Denford S, Abraham C, Van Beurden S, Smith JR, Morgan-Trimmer S (2017). Behaviours. In  (Ed) Design for Health, 58-71.
Denford S, Abraham C, Van Beurden S, Smith JR, Morgan-Trimmer S (2017). Behaviours: Behaviour-change interventions for public health. In  (Ed) Design for Health, 58-71.  Abstract.

Conferences

van Beurden S, O'Donnell R, Davies S, Abraham C, Staiger P (2021). Targeting automaticity processes to reduce alcohol consumption. is it possible, and how?.  Author URL.
van Beurden SB, Greaves CJ, Smith JR, Abraham C, Lawrence N (2016). FACILITATING WEIGHT LOSS WITH THE IMPULSEPAL APP': a FEASIBILITY STUDY.  Author URL.
van Beurden SB, Greaves CJ, Smith JR, Abraham C (2016). TECHNIQUES FOR MODIFYING IMPULSIVE PROCESSES ASSOCIATED WITH UNHEALTHY EATING: a SYSTEMATIC REVIEW.  Author URL.

Publications by year


In Press

Williams C (In Press). Barriers and facilitators to physical activity among children, adolescents, and young adults with cystic fibrosis: a systematic review and thematic synthesis of qualitative of research. BMJ Open
van Beurden SB, Smith JR, Lawrence NS, Abraham C, Greaves CJ (In Press). Feasibility Randomized Controlled Trial of ImpulsePal: Smartphone App–Based Weight Management Intervention to Reduce Impulsive Eating in Overweight Adults (Preprint).  Abstract.
van Beurden SB, Greaves CJ, Lawrence NS, Abraham C, Smith JR (In Press). ImpulsePal: Developing a Smartphone App to Manage Food Temptations using Intervention Mapping. (Preprint).  Abstract.
Aulbach M, Knittle KP, van Beurden S, Haukkala A, Lawrence N (In Press). Is more better and how much is enough? Dose-response relationships in app-based food Go/No-Go training.  Abstract.
Poltawski L, Van Beurden S, Morgan-Trimmer S, Greaves C (In Press). The dynamics of decision-making in weight loss and maintenance: a qualitative enquiry. BMC Public Health

2022

Daw P, Harrison A, Doherty PJ, van Zanten JJCSV, Dalal HM, Taylor RS, van Beurden SB, McDonagh STJ, Greaves CJ (2022). A pragmatic effectiveness-implementation study comparing trial evidence with routinely collected outcome data for patients receiving the REACH-HF home-based cardiac rehabilitation programme. BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, 22(1). Abstract.
Daw P, Wood GER, Harrison A, Doherty PJ, Veldhuijzen van Zanten JJCS, Dalal HM, Taylor RS, van Beurden SB, McDonagh STJ, Greaves CJ, et al (2022). Barriers and facilitators to implementation of a home-based cardiac rehabilitation programme for patients with heart failure in the NHS: a mixed-methods study. BMJ Open, 12(7). Abstract.  Author URL.
Tomlinson OW, Kovalenko AG, Denford S, Van Beurden S, Cockcroft E, Williams CA (2022). P053 a novel family-focused intervention to support physical activity among children (6–12 years) with cystic fibrosis. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis, 21, S76-S76.
Williams CA, Barker AR, Denford S, van Beurden SB, Bianchim MS, Caterini JE, Cox NS, Mackintosh KA, McNarry MA, Rand S, et al (2022). The Exeter Activity Unlimited statement on physical activity and exercise for cystic fibrosis: methodology and results of an international, multidisciplinary, evidence-driven expert consensus. Chron Respir Dis, 19 Abstract.  Author URL.
Kwasnicka D, Keller J, Perski O, Potthoff S, Ten Hoor GA, Ainsworth B, Crutzen R, Dohle S, van Dongen A, Heino M, et al (2022). White Paper: Open Digital Health - accelerating transparent and scalable health promotion and treatment. Health Psychol Rev, 1-17. Abstract.  Author URL.

2021

Aulbach MB, Knittle K, van Beurden SB, Haukkala A, Lawrence NS (2021). App-based food Go/No-Go training: User engagement and dietary intake in an opportunistic observational study. Appetite, 165 Abstract.  Author URL.
Porter L, Button KS, Adams RC, Pennington CR, Chambers CD, Van Beurden S, Johansson O, Powell S, Townsend B, Chong S, et al (2021). Does Device Matter? Inhibition training effects on food choice, liking and approach bias when delivered by smartphone or computer. Appetite, 157
Daw P, van Beurden SB, Greaves C (2021). Getting evidence into clinical practice: protocol for evaluation of the implementation of a home-based cardiac rehabilitation programme for patients with heart failure (vol 10, e036137, 2020). BMJ OPEN, 11(3). Author URL.
van Beurden SB, Greaves CJ, Abraham C, Lawrence NS, Smith JR (2021). ImpulsePal: the systematic development of a smartphone app to manage food temptations using intervention mapping. DIGITAL HEALTH, 7 Author URL.
van Beurden S, O'Donnell R, Davies S, Abraham C, Staiger P (2021). Targeting automaticity processes to reduce alcohol consumption. is it possible, and how?.  Author URL.

2020

Dalal H, Taylor RS, Greaves C, Doherty PJ, McDonagh ST, van Beurden SB, Purcell C, REACH-HF Study Group (2020). Correspondence to the EJPC in response to position paper by Ambrosetti M et al. 2020: Cardiovascular rehabilitation and COVID-19: the need to maintain access to evidence-based services from the safety of home. Eur J Prev Cardiol Author URL.
Daw P, van Beurden SB, Greaves C, Veldhuijzen van Zanten JJCS, Harrison A, Dalal H, McDonagh STJ, Doherty PJ, Taylor RS (2020). Getting evidence into clinical practice: protocol for evaluation of the implementation of a home-based cardiac rehabilitation programme for patients with heart failure. BMJ Open, 10(6), e036137-e036137. Abstract.

2019

van Beurden SB, Smith JR, Lawrence NS, Abraham C, Greaves CJ (2019). Feasibility Randomized Controlled Trial of ImpulsePal: Smartphone App-Based Weight Management Intervention to Reduce Impulsive Eating in Overweight Adults. JMIR Form Res, 3(2). Abstract.  Author URL.
Denford S, Abraham C, Van Beurden S, Smith JR, Morgan-Trimmer S (2019). Health behaviour change interventions. In  (Ed) Cambridge Handbook of Psychology, Health and Medicine: Third Edition, 270-273.

2018

Juneja VK, Mohr TB, Silverman M, Snyder OP (2018). Influence of Cooling Rate on Growth of Bacillus cereus from Spore Inocula in Cooked Rice, Beans, Pasta, and Combination Products Containing Meat or Poultry. Journal of Food Protection, 81(3), 430-436. Abstract.
van Beurden SB, Simmons SI, Tang JCH, Mewse AJ, Abraham C, Greaves CJ (2018). Informing the development of online weight management interventions: a qualitative investigation of primary care patient perceptions. BMC Obes, 5 Abstract.  Author URL.
Lawrence NS, Van Beurden S, Javaid M, Mostazir MM (2018). Mass dissemination of web and smartphone-delivered food response inhibition training to reduce unhealthy snacking. Appetite, 130

2017

Tsekleves E, Cooper R, Denford S, Abraham C, Van Beurden S, Smith JR, Morgan-Trimmer S (2017). Behaviours. In  (Ed) Design for Health, 58-71.
Denford S, Abraham C, Van Beurden S, Smith JR, Morgan-Trimmer S (2017). Behaviours: Behaviour-change interventions for public health. In  (Ed) Design for Health, 58-71.  Abstract.

2016

Bardus M, van Beurden SB, Smith JR, Abraham C (2016). A review and content analysis of engagement, functionality, aesthetics, information quality, and change techniques in the most popular commercial apps for weight management. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act, 13 Abstract.  Author URL.
van Beurden SB, Greaves CJ, Smith JR, Abraham C, Lawrence N (2016). FACILITATING WEIGHT LOSS WITH THE IMPULSEPAL APP': a FEASIBILITY STUDY.  Author URL.
van Beurden SB, Greaves CJ, Smith JR, Abraham C (2016). TECHNIQUES FOR MODIFYING IMPULSIVE PROCESSES ASSOCIATED WITH UNHEALTHY EATING: a SYSTEMATIC REVIEW.  Author URL.
van Beurden SB, Greaves CJ, Smith JR, Abraham C (2016). Techniques for modifying impulsive processes associated with unhealthy eating: a systematic review. Health Psychology, 35(8), 793-806. Abstract.

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External Engagement and Impact

Conferences and invited presentations

Conferences

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.

Invited Talks

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.

Guest Lectures

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.

Teaching

Supervision / Group

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