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Dr Benjamin Gardner

Education/Academic qualification

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sussex

    2008
  • Master of Research, University of Sussex

    2004
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Sussex

    2003

Professional Qualifications

  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, AFBPsS

    2014
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy,

    2012
  • Professional Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education, TLHPE

    2012
  • Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society) , CPSychol British Psychologist Society

    2011

Research interests

My research interests lie in developing and applying theory to understand and change behaviour, with an especial focus on habit theory. My current research focuses on trying to locate the precise role(s) of 'habit' in social and health-related behaviours, and using habit-formation as a behaviour change technique and intervention goal.

I also research sedentary behaviour (sitting), especially in office workers, with a view to understanding why people sit for long periods and how to reduce sitting time in a manner suitable for real-world implementation, and conducive to long-term maintenance.

Biographical details

Dr Gardner undertook his undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral studies at University of Sussex, and was awarded a DPhil (doctorate) in Social Psychology in 2008. His first post-doctoral position was in the Centre for Outcomes Research and Effectiveness at University College London (2007-09), where he worked on a series of projects that sought to use theory to develop understanding of health behaviour change techniques and interventions. In 2009, he became Lecturer in Health Psychology in the UCL Health Behaviour Research Centre, where he worked on a programme of theoretical and applied studies to develop habit theory and habit-based public health interventions. He joined KCL in 2014.

Editorial activity

International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (Journal)

Benjamin Gardner (Editor)

1 Feb 2019 → …

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Health Psychology Review (Journal)

Benjamin Gardner (Associate Editor)

Jan 2018 → …

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British Journal of Health Psychology (Journal)

Benjamin Gardner (Associate Editor)

Jan 2018 → …

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BMC Public Health (Journal)

Benjamin Gardner (Associate Editor)

26 Feb 201611 Jan 2018

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The international journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity (Journal)

Benjamin Gardner (Editorial board member)

2013Jan 2019

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British Journal of Health Psychology (Journal)

Benjamin Gardner (Referee)

2012Jan 2018

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