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Dr Robert John Shannon PhD CPsychol


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Rob Shannon is a Chartered Psychologist who has a background in exercise and health behaviour. He is a Lecturer within Health Sciences, University of Southampton where is research and teaching interests focus on motivating patients to engage with treatment and make lifestyle changes that will benefit their health. Rob has been delivering training in motivational interviewing for over 25 years and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.

We know a fair amount about how to support patients to change health behaviour. Many of these things are at odds with our natural helping inclinations.

The focus of Rob's teaching and research is motivating patients to initiate and maintain helpful health behaviour change. 

Rob’s PhD, explored the feasibility of motivational interviewing as an adjunct to pulmonary rehabilitation, with a particular emphasis on the processes involved in acquiring and refining motivational interviewing skills.

Research interests

Motivating patients to engage in meaningful health behaviour change (physical activity, smoking etc). Exploring the effects of motivational interviewing on patient behaviour; understanding issues relating to the development of competence in motivational interviewing.

Research projects:

Using motivational interviewing to promote adherence to physical activity recommendations for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease referred for pulmonary rehabilitation. 
Facilitating the return to work of NHS staff with common mental health disorders: a feasibility study. Part of a team led by Dr Ira Madan (Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust awarded a Health Technology Assessment grant to undertake a mixed methods study to develop & test the feasibility of an intervention to improve return to work (RTW) in NHS staff who go on sick leave with a common mental health disorder.

Research theme: Active Living
Research group: Active Living for Health

Affiliate research group

Breathing Project Cluster

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Module Lead: Pre-Registration: Rob leads the Healthy Discussions modules for physiotherapy students (PSIO2033: BSc & MSc) and podiatry students (PODY2031).

Contributor: Rob contributes to the majority of clinically focused/skills based modules with input in the areas of communication and self-management. 
Other: Regularly delivers CPD training for Physiotherapists and other professionals in practice on building patient motivation for health behaviour change, patient engagement.

Dr Robert John Shannon
Health Sciences Building University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number : 67/4003/M54

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