BCT Ontology CPD Event

15 May 20241:30pm - 4:00pm
  • Social and behavioural
£18 for DHP members
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In person
Division of Health Psychology
DHP Scotland

About the event

The Behaviour Change Technique Taxonomy v1 (BCTTv1) was introduced in 2013 to provide a method of describing the active content of behaviour change interventions.

It has been widely used but needs updating: the Behaviour Change Technique Ontology (BCTO) is the first update. 

The workshop will describe BCTO, how it differs from BCTTv1 and its advantages over BCTTv1.

It will also illustrate how BCTO fits into the overall Behaviour Change Intervention Ontology which represents other aspects of the behaviour change intervention.

Participants will be introduced to the online tools for searching and visualising the BCTO.

Uses of the BCTO for reporting, designing and evaluating interventions and its use in evidence synthesis will be illustrated.


13:15-13:30 - Tea & Coffee on arrival

13:30-14:30 - Event 

14:30-14:40 - Comfort break

14:40-16:00 - Event

This event will take place at:

  • The Albany Centre
    44 Ashley Street
    G3 6DS


  • Students: £10
  • DHP members: £18
  • BPS members: £36
  • Non-members: £60

The deadline for registration is 14 May 2024.

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Have a query? Contact us at [email protected].

Speaker - Marie Johnston

Marie Johnston, (Professor Emeritus of Health Psychology, University of Aberdeen) is a HCPC registered health and clinical psychologist.

She was the first chair of the BPS Health Psychology section, and a founder and second President of EHPS.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Academy of Learned Societies for Social Sciences, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and Honorary Fellow of the British Psychological Society, European Health Psychology Society and the Health Psychology and Public Health Network.

Marie's research interests lie in behavioural interventions to enhance health outcomes - developing theory and methods of intervention, investigation, and measurement.

Her work involves understanding how behaviour changes and how interventions can be developed and specified to produce effective, replicable interventions.

She and Diane Dixon developed a competency framework for the delivery of behaviour change interventions (Health Behaviour Change Competency Framework) and the MAP model of behaviour change interventions. 

More recently, they have been collaborating on the CHARIS project applying theory to understanding and changing COVID-19 transmission behaviours (abdn.ac.uk).

She also works with Susan Michie (UCL) and colleagues on the Human Behaviour Change Project, to develop an ontology for describing and synthesising evidence about behaviour change interventions.

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