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
Hollands GJ, French DP, Griffin SJ, Prevost AT, Sutton S, King S, Marteau TM. (2016) The impact of communicating genetic risks of disease on risk-reducing health behaviour: systematic review with meta-analysis. BMJ; 352:i1102; 10.1136/bmj.i1102
Pechey R, Couturier DL, Hollands GJ, Mantzari E, Munafo MR, Marteau TM. (2016) Does wine glass size influence sales for on-site consumption? A multiple treatment reversal design. BMC Public Health; 16(1):390; 10.1186/s12889-016-3068-z
Hollands GJ, Shemilt I, Marteau TM, Jebb SA, Lewis HB, Wei Y, Higgins JP, Ogilvie D. (2015) Portion, package or tableware size for changing selection and consumption of food, alcohol and tobacco. Cochrane Database Syst Rev; 9:CD011045; 10.1002/14651858.CD011045.pub2
Diepeveen S, Ling T, Suhrcke M, Roland M, Marteau TM. (2013) Public acceptability of government intervention to change health-related behaviours: a systematic review and narrative synthesis. BMC Public Health; 13:756; 10.1186/1471-2458-13-756
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
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