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Christopher Arden Armitage, BA(Hons), PhD, C Psychol, AFBPSs


Personal profile

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Registered as a Health Psychologist with the Health Professions Council

Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society

Chartered Psychologist

Full member of the Division of Health Psychology

Member of the European Health Psychology Society


BA (Hons) Psychology, First Class, University of Wales, Swansea (graduated 1994)

PhD Psychology, University of Leeds (awarded 1998)

PGC(TLHE) (Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education), Open University (December 2002)


Panel of external referees for the National Institute of Health Research Health Technology Assessment programme (February 2012-present)

External examiner for the MSc in Health Psychology at University College London (January 2012-present)

Editorial board of Health Psychology (June 2011-present)

Editorial board of the Psychology of Sport and Exercise (June 2011-present)

Panel of external referees for the National Institute of Health Research Public Health Research programme (February 2009-present)

Viva examiner to the Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology, Staffordshire University (01/08/08-31/07/16)

Associate editor of Psychology & Health (January 2008-present)

Associate editor of British Journal of Psychology (January 2007-December 2012)

Research interests

Current/Recent Research Funding

P Dawes, CJ Armitage, KJ Munro, C Plack, D Moore, & J Ginsborg. Time to face the music: Addressing hearing health in future professional musicians. The Colt Foundation (Jan 2016-Dec 2018): £152,329.

I Leroi, CJ Armitage & 36 others. Ears, Eyes and Mind: The ‘SENSE-Cog Project’ to improve mental well-being for elderly Europeans with sensory impairment. European Commission Horizon 2020 (Nov 2015-Oct 2020) €6 541 591.25

L Byrne-Davis, CJ Armitage, R Emsley, & J Hart. Supporting health partnerships in changing professional practice. The Tropical Health and Education Trust (Sep 2015-Mar 2017): £108,826.

P Callery, CJ Armitage + 6 others. ACORN: Improving orAl health in Cleft lip and/Or palate: a health pRomotion iNtervention for children and parents. NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (Sep 2014-May 2016) £339 774

CJ Armitage, K Munro & M O'Driscoll. Improving auditory outcomes using health behavioural approaches. Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust (May 2014-Sept 2015. £24 424

CJ Armitage, P Bower, & D Ashcroft. MINIMA: Minimal intervention to improve medication adherence.NIHR Greater Manchester Primary Care Patient Safety Translational Research Centre core budget (Jan 2014-Mar 2015) £68 593

CJ Armitage & DP French.  A brief psychological intervention to promote physical activity.  North American Foundation for the University of Manchester (Oct 2014-Sept 2017)  £29 000

I Jacobs, CJ Armitage, B Borrelli, DP French, S Skevington & A Wearden.  Developing a programme of cancer research.  Cancer Research UK (Sept 2013-Aug 2016) £300 000.

M Conner, CJ Armitage + 4 others. Smoking prevention in young people: A cluster randomised controlled trial of implementation intentions. Medical Research Council  (May 2012-Dec 2016) £1 211 802.

RC O'Connor, CJ Armitage + 4 others. A volitional help sheet to reduce hospital treated self-harm: A randomised controlled trial. Chief Scientist’s Office, Scotland (Mar 2012-Feb 2015) £224 865

MS Hawley, CJ Armitage + 18 others. Overcoming barriers to mainstreaming of Assisted Living Technologies. Technology Strategy Board (Mar 2011-Nov 2014) £1 710 000

Research Interests: Psychological Intervention and Behaviour Change

1) The development and testing of brief interventions that draw on psychological theories, including: transtheoretical model, theory of planned behaviour, self-determination theory, self-affirmation theory and the Rubicon model.

2) Changing behaviours, including: alcohol consumption, weight management, dietary intake, oral health, self-harm, physical activity, use of telehealth, screening, smoking, antisocial behaviour, safe sex and drug use.

3) Among diverse populations, including: people with low socioeconomic status, children and adolescents, clinical and nonclinical samples.

Methodological knowledge

Quantitative research methods

Randomised controlled trials

Field experiments

Survey research

Multivariate and univariate statistics


Systematic reviews

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Areas of expertise

  • BF Psychology
  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Cancer
  • Digital Futures
  • Institute for Data Science and AI
  • Sustainable Futures
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute
  • Thomas Ashton Institute
  • Manchester Environmental Research Institute
  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing


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