Prof David French PhD CPsychol FEHPS

Chair in Health Psychology

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Research interests

Current external research funding

  • F Kee, R Hunter, M Tully, C Patterson, A Longo, L Prior, E Fenwick, DP French, J White, J Adams & W Hutchinson.  Effectiveness and Cost-effectiveness of a Physical Activity Loyalty Card to Maintain Behaviour Change: A Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial.  NIHR Public Health Research (Sept 2014 to Feb 2018) £831 322.
  • S Lamb, D Altman, N Arden, K Barker, J Bruce, G Collins, J Fairbanks, J Fitch, DP French, F Griffiths, Z Hansen, C Hutchinson, C Mallen, S Petrou & E Williamson.  Better outcomes for older people with spinal trouble (BOOST).  NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research (Apr 2015 to Mar 2020) £1 999 934. 
  • J Helbostad, and others including (Manchester) C Todd, H Hawley-Hague, B Gannon, DP French. PreventIT: Early risk detection and prevention in ageing people by self-administered IT-supported assessment and a behavioural change intervention delivered by use of smartphones and smartwatches.  European Commission Horizon 2020 (Apr 2016 to Mar 2019) €4 000 000.
  • DP French, E Cameron, & D Rog.  What influences healthcare professionals' prescribing of disease modifying treatments for multiple sclerosis in the UK? A mixed methods study.  Multiple Sclerosis Society (Apr 2016 - Jun 2017). £71 204.
  • S Lindley, A Gilchrist, AJ Barker, J O’Neill, D French, J Ashton, C Phillipson, P James, P Cook, G Wossink, G Cavan, & K Tzoulas.  Green infrastructure to promote health and wellbeing in an aging population (GHIA).  Natural Environment Research Council (Aug 2016 to Jul 2019).  £715 058.
  • M Harvie, D French, G Evans, A Howell, L Gorman, L Graves, K Payne, S Astley.  Efficacy of diet and exercise weight loss programmes amongst overweight women attending a Family History Clinic at high risk of breast cancer.  Prevent Breast Cancer (Mar 2017 to Jun 2019).  £216 114.
  • A Farmer, DP French, D Hughes, L Locock, L Tarassenko, LM Yu, P Bower, R Horne, V Williams, J Mc Sharry, C Velardo, B Shields, R Rea, B Gudgin, & P Van Den Berg. Supporting people with type 2 diabetes in effective use of their medicine through a system comprising mobile health technology integrated with clinical care. NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research (Apr 2017-Dec 2022) £2 580 075.
  • M Sutton, P Bower, T Chandola, W Whittaker, C Sanders, P Wilson, D French, S Cotterill, D Reeves, E Kontopatelis, R Meacock.  Evaluating the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP): the DIPLOMA research programme (Diabetes Prevention – Long term Multimethod Assessment).  NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research (Apr 2017 to Mar 2021).  £ £2,052,127.
  • I Bruce, and others including (Cancer Prevention and Early Detection theme) DG Evans, A Renehan, E Woodward, M Harvie, E Crosbie, S Howell, T Howell, H Kitchener, J Yorke, DP French, M Humphries, K Muir, W Newman, M Smith, S Astley, T Maxwell, & A Lophatananon.  Manchester Biomedical Research Centre.  NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (Apr 2017 to Mar 2022).£28 500 000.
  • A Slatcher, and others including (Manchester) J Rothwell, AJ Barker, S Lindley, DP French, & J Anderson. GROW GREEN: Green cities for climate and water resilience, sustainable economic growth, healthy citizens and environments. European Commission Horizon 2020 (Jun 2017 to May 2022) €11 224 058.
  • DG Evans (CoPI), DP French (CoPI), A Maxwell, F Ulph, M Harvie, R Dobrashian, S Astley, J Kokan, F Harrison, A Howell, J Cuzick, K Payne, N Qureshi, SW Duffy, T van Staa.  Providing breast cancer risk information as part of national breast cancer screening programme: building an evidence base on benefits and harms to inform a decision to implement (PROCAS2). NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research (Aug 2017 to Jul 2020).  £962 475.
  • DP French, DR Elbourne, AJ Farmer, MC Gulliford, L Locock, J McCambridge, & S Sutton.  Developing guidance to address problems of bias in trials of interventions to improve health due to measurement reactivity.  MRC Methodology Research Programme (Oct 2017 to Sept 2018).  £49,939.
  • S Delaloge and others including (Manchester) DG Evans, DP French, A Maxwell, S Astley & A Howell.  MyPeBS (My Personal Breast Screening): Randomized Comparison Of Risk-Stratified versus Standard Breast Cancer Screening In European Women Aged 40-70.  European Commission Horizon 2020 (Jan 2018 to Dec 2025).  €12,361,858.
  • DP French, C Todd, E Boulton, R Powell, & C Phillipson.  Greater Manchester Active Ageing Evaluation.  Greater Sport (Apr 2018 to Mar 2020).  £79,973.
  • DP French, DG Evans, K Payne, F Ulph, T van Staa, & T Howell.  How feasible and acceptable is it to recommend to women at low risk of breast cancer that they delay further screening?  Breast Cancer Now (Oct 2018 to Dec 2020).  £291 153.


Current research interests

  • Interventions to change health-related behaviours (development and evaluation)
  • Understanding maintenance of changes in behaviour
  • Walking, including walking groups
  • Screening programmes: emotional, cognitive, and behavioural aspects
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Medication adherence
  • Acceptability of interventions
  • Developing interventions with reach
  • The role of self-efficacy in changing behaviour
  • Risk communication
  • Measurement reactivity