Director of Behaviour and Health Research Unit
BSc, MSc, PhD, FMedSci, AcSS
Tel: 01223 330562
Theresa Marteau is Director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit at the University of Cambridge.
Her research focuses on the development and evaluation of interventions to change behaviour (principally diet, physical activity, tobacco and alcohol consumption) to improve population health and reduce health inequalities, with a particular focus on targeting non conscious processes. Other research interests include (a) risk perception and communication particular of biomarker-derived risks, and their weak links with behaviour change, and (b) the role of evidence for behaviour change in policy.
She is Director of Studies for Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at Christ’s College, Cambridge. She supervises Introduction to Psychology in Part 1 of the Psychological and Behavioural Sciences Tripos.
Recent selected publications
Nakamura, R., Pechey, R., Suhrcke, M., Jebb, S. A., & Marteau, T. M. (2014). Sales impact of displaying alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in end-of-aisle locations: An observational study. Social Science & Medicine, 108(0), 68-73. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.02.032
Winpenny, E. M., Marteau, T. M., & Nolte, E. (2014). Exposure of Children and Adolescents to Alcohol Marketing on Social Media Websites. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 49(2), 154-9. doi: 10.1093/alcalc/agt174
Marteau, T. M., & Hall, P. A. (2013). Breadlines, brains, and behaviour: Targeting executive functioning and environments may loosen the link between demography and destiny. BMJ, 347, f6750. doi: 10.1136/bmj.f6750
Hollands, G., Shemilt, I., Marteau, T.M., Jebb, S., Kelly, M., Nakamura, R., Suhrcke, M., & Ogilvie, D. (2013). Altering micro-environments to change population health behaviour: towards an evidence base for choice architecture interventions. BMC Public Health, 13(1), 1218. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-1218
Pechey, R., Jebb, S. A., Kelly, M. P., Almiron-Roig, E., Conde, S., Nakamura, R., Shemilt, I., Suhrcke, M., & Marteau, T. M. (2013). Socioeconomic differences in purchases of more vs. less healthy foods and beverages: analysis of over 25,000 British households in 2010. Soc Sci Med, 92(0), 22-6. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2013.05.012
Marteau TM, Hollands GJ Fletcher PC Changing human behavior to prevent disease: The importance of targeting automatic processesScience 2012, 337, 1492 DOI: 10.1126/science.1226918