Dr Fiona Fylan

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About

Fiona is a Health Psychologist who applies behavioural sciences to better understand behaviour and to develop and evaluate interventions to change behaviour. She works in areas such as energy use, transport choices, road user behaviour and healthcare provision.

Fiona leads the Sustainable Behaviour team within the Leeds Sustainability Institute. This explores a wide range of behaviours that encourage healthy people and places. Examples include:

  • Understanding how people respond to initiatives to change the energy they use such as retrofitting energy efficiency measures to their homes and switching their domestic fuel from natural gas to hydrogen. The insight gained can be applied to develop communication resources that enable people to make informed choices about their energy, and to avoid misperceptions and misunderstandings that could lead people rejecting new processes and technologies.
  • Developing interventions to encourage safer and more sustainable road user behaviour, e.g. to increase active travel, to reduce aggressive or inconsiderate driving, to reduce air pollution by reducing short car journeys.
  • Identifying why interventions to change behaviour are unsuccessful, and what can be done to improve them. For example why people do not follow advice to reduce damp in their homes, and how the advice needs to change so that people understand, support, and follow it.
  • Understanding how to change the physical or social environment to increase the uptake of health-promoting opportunities, such as cycling and walking, attending for screening tests, and increasing individual and system resilience.

Current Teaching

  • Research methods

Research Interests

Fiona leads the social sciences research on public perceptions of hydrogen as a domestic fuel. This is currently informing the UK's strategy on domestic energy use and climate change.

Fiona is also the lead academic of the team of psychologists that develops road user behaviour change courses for UK police forces. Each year, over 1.5 million road users attend these world-leading, award-winning courses and Fiona ensures they apply the most appropriate techniques to achieve sustainable behaviour change.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (18)

  • Brealey S; Andronis L; Dennis L; Atwell C; Bryan S; Coulton S; Cox H; Cross B; Fylan F; Garratt A (2010) Participants' preference for type of leaflet used to feed back the results of a randomised trial: a survey.
    https://doi.org/10.1186/1745-6215-11-116
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  • BREALEY SD; ATWELL C; BRYAN S; COULTON S; COX H; CROSS B; FYLAN F (2010) Participants' preference for type of leaflet used to feed back the results of a randomised trial: a survey
  • DAMASK (Direct Access to Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Assessment for Suspect Knees) Trial Team (2008) Effectiveness of GP access to magnetic resonance imaging of the knee: a randomised trial.
    https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp08X342651
  • Wilson B; Bekker HL; Fylan F (2008) Reporting of Clinical Adverse Events Scale: a measure of doctor and nurse attitudes to adverse event reporting.
    https://doi.org/10.1136/qshc.2006.021691
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  • BREALEY S; ALTWELL A; BRYAN S; COULTON S; COX H; CROSS B; FYLAN F (2008) Effectiveness of GP access to magnetic resonance imaging of the knee: a randomised trial
  • Andronis L; Atwell C; Brealey S; Bryan S; Collins S; Cox H; Cross B; Coulton S; Fylan F; Garratt A (2008) Cost-effectiveness of magnetic resonance imaging of the knee for patients presenting in primary care
    https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp08X342660
  • Brealey SD; Atwell C; Bryan S; Coulton S; Cox H; Cross B; Fylan F; Garratt A; Gilbert FJ; Gillan MGC (2007) Improving response rates using a monetary incentive for patient completion of questionnaires: an observational study
    https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2288-7-12
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  • Brealey SD; Atwell C; Bryan S; Coulton S; Cox H; Cross B; Fylan F; Garratt A; Gilbert FJ; Gillan MGC (2007) Using postal randomization to replace telephone randomization had no significant effect on recruitment of patients
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclinepi.2007.04.003
  • Fisher B; Dowding D; Pickett KE; Fylan F (2007) Health promotion at NHS breast cancer screening clinics in the UK
    https://doi.org/10.1093/heapro/dal043
  • Brealey SD; Atwell C; Bryan S; Coulton S; Cox H; Cross B; Fylan F (2007) Influence of magnetic resonance imaging of the knee on GPs' decisions: a randomised trial
  • Fylan F; Grunfeld EA; Turvey A; Desallais J (2005) Four different types of client attitudes towards purchasing spectacles in optometric practice
    https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1369-7625.2004.00309.x
  • Fylan F; Grunfeld EA (2005) Visual illusions? Beliefs and behaviours of presbyope clients in optometric practice
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2004.03.003
  • Fylan F; Morrison-Fokken A; Grunfeld EA (2005) Focus-QoL: Measuring quality of life in low vision
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ics.2005.05.043
  • Fylan F; Grunfeld EA (2002) Information within optometric practice: comprehension, preferences and implications
    https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1475-1313.2002.00048.x
  • Fylan F (2002) A self-regulatory perspective on presbyopia.
  • Fylan F; Harding GF; Edson AS; Webb RM (1999) Mechanisms of video-game epilepsy
  • Fylan F; Edson AS; Harding GF (1999) Clinical significance of EEG abnormalities during photic stimulation in patients with photosensitive epilepsy.
  • Fylan F (1998) Screening for cervical cancer: a review of women's attitudes, knowledge and behaviours.

Chapters (1)

  • Fylan F (2005) Semi-structured interviewing techniques. In: Miles JE; Gilbert PE A Handbook of Research Methods For Clinical And Health Psychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. .

Conference contributions (1)

  • Rickett B; Cross R; Fylan F; Milnes K (2010) Taking a risk is feeling free': Risk and embodiment in young women's accounts of health Windsor, UK 01/01/2010. 2010:

Reports (1)

  • Fylan F; Hempel S; Grunfeld B; Conner M; Lawton R (2006) Evidence-based behavioural change for speeding drivers.. Department for Transport.