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Dr Sue Churchill

Senior Lecturer in Psychology (Applied Social and Health Psychology) | (01243) 816359

Dr Susan Churchill is currently a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Chichester, previously holding posts at the University of Sussex and University College London (UCL).

Her research interests are in social psychology and health.

In particular, she is interested in investigating the effectiveness of interventions to promote health-enhancing behaviour relating to eating and drinking.


Sue is currently module co-ordinator for:

  • PSYM01_Master’s Dissertation (level 7)
  • PSYM02_Advanced Applied Psychology (level 7)
  • PSY301_Independent Project (level 6)
  • PSY306_Psychology and Social Issues (level 6)
  • PSY101_Everyday Experience and Psychological Methods: Understanding Relationships (level 4)
  • PSY103_Study and Research Skills for Psychologists (level 4)

Sue is the Supervisor of a range of student research projects at Undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral level.

Sue is currently a member of the Academic Board and the University Ethics Committee Sub-group.


Peer-reviewed publications published

Pavey L, Churchill S, Sparks P. (2021). Proscriptive Injunctions Can Elicit Greater Reactance and Lower Legitimacy Perceptions Than Prescriptive Injunctions. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.  doi: 10.1177/01461672211021310.  

Reaney, M., Gladwin, T., Chmiel, N., & Churchill, S. (2021). Encouraging foot care in people with and without diabetes through narrative communication. Journal of Health Psychology, 13591053211017206. 

Churchill, S., Pavey, L., & Sparks, P. (2019). The impact of autonomy‐framed and control‐framed implementation intentions on snacking behaviour: The moderating effect of eating self‐efficacy. Applied Psychology: Health and Well‐Being, 11(1), 42-58.

Reaney, M., Chmiel, N., & Churchill, S. (2018). Foot care,‘spousal’support and type 2 diabetes: an exploratory qualitative study. Psychology & Health, 1-17.

Churchill, S., Jessop, D. C., Green, R., & Harris, P. R. (2018). Self-affirmation improves self-control over snacking among participants low in eating self-efficacy. Appetite. (Epub Ahead of Print)

Pavey, L. J., Sparks, P. & Churchill, S. (2018) Proscriptive vs. prescriptive health recommendations to drink alcohol within recommended limits: effects on moral norms, reactance, attitudes, intentions, and behaviour change. Alcohol and Alcoholism. ISSN 0735-0414

Churchill, S., Jessop, D. C., Goodwin, S., Ritchie, L., & Harris, P. R. (2017). Self-affirmation improves music performance among performers high on the impulsivity dimension of sensation seeking. Psychology of Music, 0305735617705007.

Pavey, L., & Churchill, S. (2017). Impulsivity and temporal frame: Reducing frequency of snacking by highlighting immediate health benefits. Eating Behaviors, 26, 1-5.

Churchill, S., Pavey, L., Jessop, D., & Sparks, P. (2016). Persuading People to Drink Less Alcohol: The Role of Message Framing, Temporal Focus and Autonomy. Alcohol and Alcoholism. 51(6):727-733.

Churchill, S., Good, A., & Pavey, L. (2014). Promoting the avoidance of high-calorie snacks: the effects of temporal message framing and eating self-efficacy. Appetite, 80, 131-136.

Pavey L., & Churchill, S. (2014) Promoting the Avoidance of High-Calorie Snacks: Priming Autonomy Moderates Message Framing Effects. PLoS ONE 9(7): e103892. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0103892.

Churchill, S., & Pavey, L., (2013). Promoting fruit and vegetable consumption: the role of message framing and autonomy, British Journal of Health Psychology, 18, 610–622.

Jessop, D.C., Sparks, P., Buckland, N. Churchill, S., & Harris, P. (2013). Combining Self-Affirmation and Implementation Intentions: Evidence of Detrimental Effects on Behavioral Outcomes. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 1 – 11.

Churchill, S., & Jessop, D. C. (2011). Too Impulsive for Implementation Intentions: Evidence that Impulsivity Moderates the Effectiveness of an Implementation Intention Intervention. Psychology and Health, 26, 517-530.

Churchill, S., & Jessop, D. C., (2011). Reflective and non-reflective antecedents of health-related behaviour: Exploring the relative contributions of impulsivity and implicit self-control to the prediction of dietary behaviour. British Journal of Health Psychology, 16, 257-272.

Michie, S., Churchill, S., & West, R. (2011). Identifying evidence-based competences required to deliver individual and group-based behavioural support for smoking cessation. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 41, 59-70.

Churchill, S. & Jessop, D. (2010). Spontaneous implementation intentions and impulsivity: Can impulsivity moderate the effectiveness of planning strategies? British Journal of Health Psychology, 15, 529–541.

Churchill, S., Jessop, D., & Sparks, P. (2008). Impulsive and/or planned behaviour: Can impulsivity contribute to the predictive utility of the theory of planned behaviour? British Journal of Social Psychology, 47, 631-646.

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