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Cris Glazebrook

Professor of Health psychology, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences



Cris Glazebrook trained as a nurse St George's Hospital, London before studying for a degree in psychology at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. She came to the University of Nottingham to take up a research and teaching assistant post in the Division of Psychiatry. Having completed a PhD in Child Health Psychology she took up a Lecturership in Behavioural Sciences in the School of Nursing. She is now Professor of Health Psychology and Head of Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology.

Expertise Summary


Healthy psychology, interventions with parents, mother-infant interaction, scale development, multimedia health education

Teaching Summary

Professor Glazebrook is module co-ordinator for Behavioural Sciences in Medicine delivered to all first year medical students. She is co-ordinates the very popular Honours Year in Psychiatry for BMed… read more

Research Summary

Professor Glazebrook is Principal Investigator for 2 projects which seek seek to promote physical activity in vulnerable child populations.

Steps to Active Kids (STAK) is a targeted intervention for children aged 9 to 11 with risk factors for future obesity. This school-based study involves screening over a thousand children who are either overweight, have asthma or who lack confidence about participation in physical activities. The study aims to promote children's confidence about participation in physical exercise through guided dance routines, activity diaries, circuit training and motivational interviewing. The project is funded by NIHR Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research & Care Nottingham, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire (CLAHRC - NDL)

Read more about the STAK study

Helping Our Premature infants ON to better motor skills (HOP-ON) aims to help parents of premature infants improve their children's movement skills and reduce the risk of developmental coordination difficulties. Parents of over 170 infants born before 33 weeks gestation have been recruited to the study. Parents in the invention group receive specific information on an interactive CD-ROM to show them how to promote and develop their infants' motor skills. The study is being evaluated in a randomised trial funded by Action Medical Research.

Read more about the HOP ON project

She is also a co-investigator on other projects which seek to improve the wellbeing of children with chronic health conditions,

Improving the psycho-social experience of adolescents with Tourette syndrome (Funded by the The Big Lottery Fund) (Pi Professor Georgina Jackson)

Development of guidelines for health visitors to use with parents of infants at risk of developing childhood obesity (Funded by Burdett Trust for Nursing Empowerment Programme) (PI Dr Sarah Redsell)

Clinical effectiveness and patient perspectives of different treatment strategies for tics in children with Tourette Syndrome: An evidence synthesis (Funded by NIHR HTA) (PI Professor Chris Hollis)

A number of projects have been recently completed and are in the writing up stage including:

Talking about medicines (TABS): involving children and young people with chronic illness in managing their medicines: This study was funded by the NIHR Service Delivery Organisation (SDO) and included a critical evidence synthesis, qualitative work with parents, children and health professionals and a pilot evaluation of a tool to promote parent and child engagement in consultations. (PI Professor Rachel Elliott, School of Pharmacy)

A programme of research in Zambia, funded by Department for International Development, which investigated self-management in adolescent patients with chronic conditions, with a particular focus on HIV.

Early Prediction and Prevention of Obesity in Childhood (EPPOC): A study investigating health professionals' and parents' perceptions of early intervention for childhood obesity funded by Burdette Trust for Nursing. This evaluated how healthcare professionals raise the issue with parents, with a view to developing this into an invention to future research. (PI Dr Sarah Redsell)

Read more about the EPPOC study

Selected Publications

Professor Glazebrook is module co-ordinator for Behavioural Sciences in Medicine delivered to all first year medical students. She is co-ordinates the very popular Honours Year in Psychiatry for BMed Sci students with Dr Charlotte Beer. She supervises 3 BMed Sci projects a year and 6 PhD students.

Current PhD supervision

1) Assessing the effectiveness of an early intervention to promote motor skills in infants born very premature: Development of a measure of quality of infant movement

2) Impact of an activity intervention on symptoms of inattention in children with risk factors for obesity

3) Environmental factors and rapid weight gain in infancy

4) Using web-based, interactive health education in consultations for childhood obesity: impact on dietitians communication and children's self-efficacy for behaviour change. .

5) Development and evaluation of an online intervention for depression in university students

6) Promoting exercise self-efficacy in children with diabetes

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