Kiera Bartlett

Postgraduate Research Student

School of Health and Related ResearchKiera Bartlett
The University of Sheffield
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA


Title of Research

Computers as Persuasive Technology (Captology) in the Promotion of Health Behaviour Change.


Professor Mark Hawley (ScHARR) and Professor Paschal Sheeran (Department of Psychology)


I began my PhD in December 2010 and am investigating the use of persuasive technology in encouraging health behaviour change in people with long-term conditions. There is a particular focus on lifestyle behaviour change (e.g. stopping smoking and increasing physical activity) in people with COPD.

I obtained an MSc in Health Psychology from the Institute of Work, Health and Organisations at the University of Nottingham in 2009. My MSc project explored the potential of online support groups to empower patients with chronic illness and was supervised by Dr Neil Coulson. Prior to this, I obtained a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Leeds in 2005.

I have previously worked as a research assistant at the Psychosocial Oncology and Clinical Practice Research Group in the University of Leeds. Projects included the development of a web-based psychosocial support resource for cancer survivors and the development of a needs assessment survey for patients with chronic cancer.

Research Interests

Broadly, my research interests include the use of technology in health care and how it might be best utilised to support health behaviour change, assist in self-management, and improve quality of life for people living with chronic conditions.


Bartlett, K. and Coulson, N.S., 2011. An investigation into the empowerment effects of using online support groups and how this affects doctor/patient communication. Patient Education and Counseling. 83(1), 113-119