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Personal Statement

My research is in Health Psychology and Health Services Research.  I work on disability and on the development and evaluation of interventions for people with physical illnesses and those receiving medical and surgical interventions.  My theoretical interests are in the measurement of disability, in the explanation of activity limitations and the integration of theoretical models of disability derived from disparate academic disciplines.  I use quantitative methods, including structural equation modelling and experimental single case designs.

I collaborate with research groups in the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow, Salford and Bristol.  I also work and have worked with policy workers in the Health Directorates of the Scottish Government and clinical colleagues within NHS Fife, Tayside, Forth Valley and Grampian and the Rehabilitation Institute de Hoogstraat, Utrecht.  We receive funding from the MRC, the Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office, Arthritis Research Campaign, Quality Improvement Scotland and NHS R&D. 

I am a member of the Population Research Committee at CRUK.

Research Interests

I am a chartered psychologist and my main research interest is in the area of disability and chronic illness. My current research focuses on the following:

  1. Integration of psychological and medical models of health and illness
  2. Development of theory based health outcome measures
  3. Self-management of long-term conditions, including musculoskeletal disorders, chronic pain and stroke
  4. Application of theory to individual level health behaviour and behaviour change
  5. Development and testing of theory-based, individually tailored interventions to change behaviour
  6. Aging and health behaviour
  7. Development of evidence based professional competency frameworks for the delivery of health behaviour change

Academic / Professional qualifications

Academic Qualifications

2006    Ph.D. Health Psychology.  Department of Psychology, University of Aberdeen 

2001    B.A. (Hons) 1st class; Psychology, University of Strathclyde

1989    Ph.D., Biochemistry.  Department of Chemistry, University of Loughborough

1985    B.Sc. (Hons) 2:1; Biochemistry and Pharmacology, University of Aston

Professional Qualifications

2007    Chartered Psychologist

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Projects 2012 2019

Research Output 1989 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

Content validity of measures of theoretical constructs in health psychology: discriminant content validity is needed

Dixon, D. & Johnston, M., 30 Sep 2019, In : British Journal of Health Psychology. 24, 3, p. 477-484 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Behavioral Medicine
Psychological Stress
Quality of Life
1 Citation (Scopus)
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Activities 2007 2018

External Examiner

Diane Dixon (Examiner)
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Activity: Examination typesExamination

Medical Research Council (External organisation)

Diane Dixon (Advisor)
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Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee