- MA (Hons)
- Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol)
Francis is a psychologist whose primary interest is health psychology. He is also interested in exercise psychology, psychological well-being and mental health. He was trained in psychology at the University of Aberdeen, where he graduated in 2005 with an M.A. (Hons.) in Psychology with French. He also has a Postgraduate Diploma (with Distinction) in Research Methods in Psychology. In July 2010 he graduated from the PhD programme at the University of Aberdeen's School of Psychology, with a specialisation in health psychology as part of the Aberdeen Health Psychology group. Following this, he worked as a research assistant on a number of externally-funded projects at the same department. He took up his current role as Lecturer in Psychology at the Robert Gordon University in January 2011, where he is involved with teaching psychology, health psychology research, and administration.
- SSM105:Understanding Psychology as a Science 1 (module coordinator)
- SSM109: Understanding Psychology as a Science 2 (module coordinator)
- SSM112: Clinical Psychology and Mental Health (module coordinator)
- SSM113: Health Psychology (module coordinator)
- SSM111: Personality and Individual Differences (some classes)
- Workshop Coordinator
- Dissertation supervision for MSc Applied Psychology
- SS3016: Health Psychology (module coordinator)
- SS4014: Clinical Psychology and Mental Health (module coordinator)
- SS2013: Statistics and Data Analysis (SPSS workshops)
- SS2037: Discovering Psychology: History, Concepts and Debates (module coordinator)
- SS2014: Personality and Individual Differences (some classes)
- SS2018: Exploring Research (some classes)
- SS3027: Sport Psychology (Exercise Psychology class only)
- Also supervise psychology dissertations for module SS4006: Dissertation
Francis’s research interests are primarily in two areas of health psychology: disability resulting from chronic illness, and health behaviour and health behaviour change (particularly physical activity and exercise).
Health Behaviour and Change: One interest relates to understanding and changing health behaviour using psychological theory, particularly initiation of and adherence to exercise. This includes testing theory and theory-based interventions. Theories of interest include (among others) the theory of planned behaviour (Aizen, 1985), social cognitive theory (Bandura, 1986), self determination theory (Deci & Ryan, 2000), Carver and Scheier's (1988) self-regulation theory, PRIME theory (West & Brown, 2013) and other dual-process models.
Disability: Another interest examines how psychological concepts affect the relationship between chronic pain and activity limitation. As a PhD student, he investigated whether constructs from psychological theories of behaviour integrated with concepts from the ICF framework of disability (WHO, 2001) can help understand better the disability caused by chronic pain from arthritis, as proposed by Johnston (1996) who suggested that disability could be thought of as a form of behaviour.
Methodology: He is also interested in the use of single-case (“N-of-1”) methods to test theory and interventions in health psychology.
Grants to date: “An Oral History of Health Psychology”, awarded 2016 as principal investigator (Funder: The Royal Society, £13,000)
- RGU Psychology Group co-ordinator
- Year Tutor for Stage 3 (Applied Social Sciences degree programme) from 2016 onwards
- Previously Year Tutor for Stage 1 and Advanced Entry Tutor (to 2016)
- Personal tutor (MSc Applied Psychology and BA Applied Social Sciences)
- Module Co-ordinator various undergraduate and postgraduate modules
- Honorary Secretary of the British Psychological Society's (BPS) Division of Health Psychology (2012-13), member of CPD subcommittee (2013 to 2014) and Chair of CPD subcommittee (2014-2016)
- Ad-hoc reviewer for various journals and NHS National Institute for Health Research grant applications
Membership of Professional Bodies
- British Psychological Society (Chartered Member)
- BPS Division of Health Psychology
- BPS Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology
- BPS Division of Academics, Teachers and Researchers in Psychology
- American Psychological Association (International Affiliate)
Peer-reviewed journal articles
Hadert, A. & Quinn, F. (2008). The individual in research: Experimental single-case studies in health psychology. Health Psychology Update, 17, 20-27.
Quinn, F., Johnston, M., Dixon, D., Johnston, D.W., Pollard, B. & Rowley, D.I. (2012). Testing the integration of ICF and behavioural models of disability in orthopedic patients: Replication and extension. Rehabilitation Psychology, 57, 167-177. doi:10.1037/a0028083.
Quinn, F., Johnston, M. & Johnston, D.W. (2013). Testing an Integrated Behavioural and Biomedical Model of Disability in N-of-1 Studies with Chronic Pain. Psychology & Health, 28, 1391-1406. doi:10.1080/08870446.2013.814773.
Cunningham, S., Brebner, J., Quinn, F. & Turk, D. (2013). The Self-Reference Effect on Memory in Early Childhood. Child Development, 85, 808-823. doi:10.1111/cdev.12144.
McDonald, S., Quinn, F., Vieira, R., O’Brien, N., White, M., Johnston, D. & Sniehotta, F. F. (2017). The state of the art and future opportunities for using longitudinal n-of-1 methods in health behaviour research: A systematic literature overview. Health Psychology Review. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/17437199.2017.1316672
Further articles are in preparation
Conference oral presentations
Quinn, F., Johnston, M., & Johnston, D. W. (2008, September). Does the TPB Predict Behaviour in One Individual? A case study. Paper presented at the Joint Annual Conference of the European Health Psychology Society and the BPS Division of Health Psychology, University of Bath.
Quinn, F., Johnston, M. & Johnston, D.W, (2009, January). Testing the integration of ICF and psychological (social cognition) approaches to disability: Five N-of-1 studies of women with arthritis, chronic pain and activity limitations. Paper presented at 4th Annual Scientific Meeting of the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine, University of Exeter.
Schroder, C., Quinn, F., Johnston, M. & Johnston, D.W. (2009, September). Testing the integrated model of disability using N-of-1 studies in people with disabling conditions. In D. Johnston and M. Johnston (Conveners), Do our theories work within the individual? Symposium conducted at Annual Conference of the BPS Division of Health Psychology, Aston University, Birmingham.
Quinn, F., Johnston, M., Dixon, D., Johnston, D.W. & Pollard, B. (2010, August). Johnston's integrated model of disability predicts walking limitation better than biomedical (ICF) or a psychological model alone: Replication and extension. Paper presented at annual conference of the European Health Psychology Society, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
Gibson Smith, K., Paudyal, V., Quinn, F., Klein, S. & Stewart, D. (2016, May) Determinants of offshore workers self-care behaviour: exploration using the Theoretical Domains Framework (TDF). Paper presented at the Innovative Solutions in Remote Healthcare 'Rethinking Remote' conference, Inverness, Scotland.
Conference poster presentations:
Quinn, F., Johnston, M. & Johnston, D.W. (2008, August). Pain, Mood, Intention to Move and Activity Limitation in a Woman with Osteoarthritis and Chronic Pain: Case Study over Two Months. Poster presented at the 12th World Congress on Pain, Glasgow.
Quinn, F. (2012, April). Underpredicting the enjoyment of exercise: Relationships with affective attitudes and past behaviour. Poster presented at annual conference of the British Psychological Society (incorporating annual conference of the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology), London.
Quinn, F. & McCann, B. (2016, August). The social experience of exercise in public places: An exploratory qualitative study. Poster presented at the European Health Psychology Society and BPS Division of Health Psychology joint annual conference, Aberdeen, UK.
MacDonald, S., Quinn, F., Vieira, R., O’Brien, M., White, M., Johnston, D. & Sniehotta, F. F. (2016, August). N-of-1 Methods in Health Behaviour Research: A Systematic Review. Poster presented at the European Health Psychology Society and BPS Division of Health Psychology joint annual conference, Aberdeen, UK.
Gibson Smith, K., Paudyal, V., Quinn, F., Stewart, D. & Klein, S., (2016, August). Health behaviours in offshore workers: An exploration of behavioural determinants using the Theoretical Domains Framework (TDF). Poster presented at the European Health Psychology Society and BPS Division of Health Psychology joint annual conference, Aberdeen, UK.