Charles Abraham's Research and Practice
My research focuses on:
1) Describing and measuring modifiable processes that regulate behaviour patterns
(including explicit and implicit cognitions and affective responses and social influence);
2) Developing evidence-based, behaviour-change interventions that apply evidence-based
change techniques to (a) disrupt existing behaviour patterns and/or (b) establish new
3) Planning feasible, acceptable and sustainable behaviour change interventions in context;
4) Conducting evaluations, including process evaluations, of behaviour-change interventions.
I have conducted research on (i) preventive behaviour patterns (e.g., exercise, diet, alcohol use, smoking and condom use, mainly among young people), (ii) blood and kidney donation (iii) patient help-seeking (e.g., asthma symptom reporting and uptake of screening), (iv) patient assessment (e.g. pain measurement), (v) patient adherence (e.g., to malaria prophylaxis and anti-retrovirals), (vi) management of chronic illness (e.g., diabetes and heart failure) and (vii) staff-client interaction (e.g., care of persons with learning disabilities).
I employ a range of research methods including experiments (e.g., random controlled trials), multivariate modelling of longitudinal survey data, systematic reviews (including meta analyses), behavioural observation, traditional content analysis and qualitative analysis of interview and group data (including thematic analysis and grounded theory).