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Dr Sofia Strommer BSc MSc (Counselling Psychology) MSc (Foundations of Clinical Psychology) PhD CPsychol

Psychologist, Engaging Adolescents in Changing Behaviour (EACH-B) Scientific Programme Manager

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Dr Sofia Strommer is a Chartered Psychologist and a Research Fellow in Behavioural Science at the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit.

Sofia is interested in understanding human behaviour from a motivational point of view. She completed BSc (hons) in Psychology and Neuroscience from Keele University. She then completed MSc degrees in both Counselling and Clinical Psychology. Her academic work has explored health behaviour topics such as women’s experiences of food choices and eating behaviours, and determinants of exercise motivation. In 2015, she completed her PhD in Psychology focusing on the nature and role of gains in exercise behaviour. Her work developed the Exercise Motives and Gains Inventory (EMGI), the first measure to assess what people get out of exercising and how well those gains meet the reasons for doing it.

Her research interests are in motivational aspects of health behaviour change and how motivation for health behaviours arises and is maintained. Her current work focuses on adolescent health and how we might better align health agendas with existing adolescent values to foster autonomous forms of motivation and maximise engagement in interventions and with health behaviours.

Since 2015, Sofia has worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Medical Research Council at the University of Southampton. She is currently the scientific programme manager for Engaging Adolescents in Changing Behaviour (EACH-B), a complex intervention to support adolescent health through engagement in LifeLab at the Southampton General Hospital, teacher training, and a mobile app with game features developed together with game designers from Glasgow Caledonian University.

Research interests

Motivation, Health Behaviour Change, Health Behaviours, Psychology, Values, Engagement, Adolescents

 

Research group

Human Development and Health

Postgraduate student supervision

Current:

Sara Simao, PhD

Sarah Jenner, MSc

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Dr Sofia Strommer
Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, Building 85, Life Sciences Building, Highfield Campus, Southampton, SO171BJ

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