Whilst I am a, let’s say mature, PhD student, my interest in behaviour change started at school. Over the past 40 years I’ve made numerous and prolonged attempts at changing my own behaviour, with varying degrees of success. By which I mean I’ve often failed. I’ve come to appreciate how difficult change can be and am fascinated with how, why and when we seem to act against our avowed intentions and best interests, even whilst aware of the harm our behaviour might cause.

I’m very optimistic about the potential of technology, and apps in particular, to help people lead happier and healthier lives. The fact we carry our smartphone with us almost all the time, and their sheer technological capacity, makes them an ideal device to support behaviour change. I’m particularly interested in helping people gain a sense of progress with their change and have built a stop smoking app that revolves around this (Smoke Free). My PhD will test how effective an app to help people reduce their consumption of alcohol can be.

I’m proud to be a member of the Health Advisory Board and hope to bring my understanding and love of technology to help Trekstock reach more people.