Dr Samantha van Beurden
Senior Research Fellow in Complex Interventions
Smeall Building, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK
Samantha van Beurden is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Health and Community Sciences department 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 during 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 in 2019 (NIHR) and adapted the cardiac rehab staff training from a 3-day face-to-face course to a 2-day online workshop in 2020 (funded by the South West Academic Health Sciences Network), in response to the COVID-19 lockdowns. She is currently leading workpackages in the digitisation of the REACH-HF programme (funded by the British Heart Foundation Hope for Hearts) and is involved in the development of the eLearnign course for the REACH-HF facilitators (funded by the NIHR Programme Development Grant) which builds on the work she had done in 2020. She has also developed a digital physical activity intervention for young people with cystic fibrosis (funded by Vertex Circle of Care) 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 (See above). She joined the Third Gap research group through her role on the Process Evaluation of the REACH-HFpEF trial led by Dr Julia Frost, in July 2021).
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
2022 University of Exeter and Health and Care Innovations Digital (Knowledge base supervisor) UKRI Knowledge Transfer Partnership – £110,570.00 – 01.05.2022 (24 months).
2021 Feasibility study of a novel digital intervention promoting physical activity in young people with cystic Fibrosis. (PI) NIHR Research for Patient Benefit - £250,137.00 – 01.07.2021 (18 months).
2021 Extending the reach and implementation of the successful REACH-HF programme with a digitally delivered training programme (Co-I) NIHR Programme Development Grant - £149,892.00 – 01.04.2021 (22 months)
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 (delayed start) 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)
Travel & Networking grants and Awards
2020 ESRC Festival of Social Sciences, Have your say in research – workshop on the importance of public involvement, £1000
2020 Cardiovascular and Stroke team of the year (REACH-HF research team), The British Medical Journal
2020 Above and Beyond award for community, University of Exeter, £250
2020 Above and Beyond award 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 incoming visit from Dr Bianca de Wit from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, £1615.70
2019 Sport and Health Sciences International Development Bursary, University of Exeter – visit to Deakin University and Monash University; Melbourne £1500
2019 College of Medicine and Health ECR Outward Mobility Award Funding, University of Exeter, visit to Monash University and Deakin University; Melbourne £1500
2019 Researcher Led Initiative; “InHaLE (Interdisciplinary Heart and Lung ECR) Seminar Series”, £1000
2019 College of Medicine and Health ECR Outward Mobility Award Funding, University of Exeter – visit to Monash University, Deakin University, and Macquarie University , £3000
2017 Health and Behavior International Collaborative award, International Society of Behavioral Medicine – visit to Deakin University, $3000
2017 Impact - refinement and updating of the ImpulsePal app, University of Exeter Medical School, £5000
2013 MSc. Prize for Social and Organisational Psychology, University of Exeter, £50
2013 Dean's Commendation, MSc. Social and Organisational Psychology, University of Exeter.
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External Engagement and Impact
Conferences and invited presentations
Conferences (oral presentations listed only)
Poltawski, L., van Beurden, S.B.*, Morgan-Trimmer, S., & Greaves, C.J. (2021) The dynamics of weight management: A qualitative investigation of success and relapse in weight management. UK Society for Behavioural Medicine 16th Annual Scientific Meeting, virtual.
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. 31st annual EHPS conference, Padua, Italy.
van Beurden, S. B., Greaves*, C. J., Smith, J. R., Abraham, C., & Lawrence, N.S. (2016) Impulse Pal: App-based training to help people manage impulsive in-the-moment eating. UK Society for Behavioural Medicine 12th Annual Scientific Meeting, Cardiff, UK.
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. 29th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society, Limassol, Cyprus.
van Beurden*, S. B., Greaves, C. J., Smith, J. R., & Abraham, C. (2015). Identifying impulse management techniques to support eating behaviour change: A systematic review. University of Exeter Medical School Annual Research Event, Torquay, UK.
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. 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.
van Beurden*, S. B., Greaves, C. J., Smith, J. R., & Abraham, C. (2014). Mmm Caaa-ake! Developing an eHealth Intervention to Improve Impulse Control for Weight Management. Presented the University of Exeter Medical School Annual Research Event, Torquay, UK.
*Presentations in poster format at the conferences and meetings of the following societies and networks: British Association for Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation 2022; 2020 (Best moderated poster presentation award); 2019, British Society for Heart Failure 2019, South West Clinical Research Network 2019, International Society Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2017, International Congress of Behavioral Medicine 2016.
INVITED TALKS (academic and non-academic audiences)
van Beurden, S.B. (2022) Moving from development to implementation, are we going in the right direction? University of Bristol invited seminar speaker.
van Beurden, S. B., (2020) Developing Digital Behaviour Change Interventions. Keynote speaker at the University of Plymouth’s Psychology Conference.
van Beurden, S.B. (2019) Introducing ImpulsePal: Developing and evaluating a dietary change intervention using Intervention Mapping. Invited talk, University of Bath, Behaviour Change workshop.
Lawrence, N.S. & van Beurden, S. B. (2018) How to resist food temptations. Co-Presented at the Staff Wellbeing Festival 21st May, University of Exeter, UK
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. (2017) ImpulsePal: Developing an intervention to resist temptation and change habits. Presented at the Final Friday Science: a collaborative event run by the British Psychological Society and Set Squared, Exeter, UK.
van Beurden*, S. B. (2016) Developing and evaluating a novel intervention to support weight loss. Presented at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
2021 – current Chief of Operations on the Executive Committee for the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine.
2020 – 2021 Consultancy for Health and Care Innovations.
2016 – current Sugar Smart City (Exeter) working group and evaluation team member and ambassador.
2015 – 2017 Postgraduate Researcher Representative (Institute of Health Research), College of Medicine and Health, University of Exeter.
2012 – 2013 Social and Organisational Psychology Postgrad Student Rep, Student Staff Liaison Committee.
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.
Supervision / Group
- Stella Kozmer PhD improving the identification and management of Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder in Primary Care