Projects per year
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.
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:
- Integration of psychological and medical models of health and illness
- Development of theory based health outcome measures
- Self-management of long-term conditions, including musculoskeletal disorders, chronic pain and stroke
- Application of theory to individual level health behaviour and behaviour change
- Development and testing of theory-based, individually tailored interventions to change behaviour
- Aging and health behaviour
- Development of evidence based professional competency frameworks for the delivery of health behaviour change
Academic / Professional 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
2007 Chartered Psychologist
1/10/18 → 31/03/19
BTG: Developing effective interventions to promote safe administration of medicines mixed in foodstuff to children in hospital
7/04/14 → 6/07/14
Project: Internally funded project
Research Output per year
Content validity of measures of theoretical constructs in health psychology: discriminant content validity is neededDixon, D. & Johnston, M., 30 Sep 2019, In : British Journal of Health Psychology. 24, 3, p. 477-484 8 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Editorial
Is use of a psychological workbook associated with improved disabilities of the arm, shoulder and hand scores in patients with distal radius fracture?Goudie, S., Dixon, D., McMillan, G., Ring, D. & McQueen, M., 1 Apr 2018, In : Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. 476, 4, p. 832-845 14 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Adaptation and self-management after stroke: exploring the application of the Selection, Optimisation and Compensation modelAuthor: Dryden, J. M., 1 Jun 2016
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis
Exploring the utility of the ICF-CY (international classification functioning disability and health children and youth version) framework as a clinical reasoning tool for physiotherapists who treat children with Cerebal PalsyAuthor: Demyati, H. A. M., 1 Oct 2016
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis