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Dr Sebastian Potthoff

Postgraduate Associate

Department: Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Dr Sebastian Potthoff is a Researcher and Chartered Health Psychologist based at Northumbria University. In his research he draws upon theories and approaches from health psychology and behavioural medicine to develop and evaluate interventions aimed at changing healthcare professional behaviour and health behaviours of patients and the public. During his Health Foundation Improvement Science PhD he explored how to best support healthcare professionals with creating and breaking habit in the context of diabetes care.

Sebastian is currently working as a full-time Research Associate on the Horizon 2020 funded ImpleMentAll project ( His role involves supporting the development and evaluation of a theory-based toolkit (ItFits toolkit) for implementing e-health interventions in routine care.

He has expertise in qualitative and quantitative research methods, and conducting narrative and systematic reviews, including meta-analyses.

Campus Address

Room MBA012, Coach Lane Campus West,
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne


  • Psychology PhD November 24 2017
  • Psychology MRes January 09 2013
  • Psychology BA August 31 2010
  • Stage 2 Qualification in Health Psychology, British Psychological Society CPsychol 2015

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Exploring the role of competing demands and routines during the implementation of a self-management tool for type 2 diabetes: a theory-based qualitative interview study, Potthoff, S., Presseau, J., Sniehotta, F., Breckons, M., Rylance, A., Avery, L. 24 Jan 2019, In: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
  • The relationship between habit and healthcare professional behaviour in clinical practice: a systematic review and meta-analysis, Potthoff, S., Rasul, O., Sniehotta, F., Marques, M., Beyer, F., Thomson, R., Avery, L., Presseau, J. Jan 2019, In: Health Psychology Review
  • Planning to be routine, Potthoff, S., Presseau, J., Sniehotta, F., Johnston, M., Elovainio, M., Avery, L. 21 Feb 2017, In: Implementation Science
  • Cognitive emotion regulation and psychopathology across cultures, Potthoff, S., Garnefski, N., Miklósi, M., Ubbiali, A., Domínguez-Sánchez, F., Martins, E., Witthöft, M., Kraaij, V. Aug 2016, In: Personality and Individual Differences
  • Implementation intention and planning interventions in Health Psychology, Hagger, M., Luszczynska, A., de Wit, J., Benyamini, Y., Burkert, S., Chamberland, P., Chater, A., Dombrowski, S., van Dongen, A., French, D., Gauchet, A., Hankonen, N., Karekla, M., Kinney, A., Kwasnicka, D., Hing Lo, S., López-Roig, S., Meslot, C., Marques, M., Neter, E., Plass, A., Potthoff, S., Rennie, L., Scholz, U., Stadler, G., Stolte, E., ten Hoor, G., Verhoeven, A., Wagner, M., Oettingen, G., Sheeran, P., Gollwitzer, P. 2 Jul 2016, In: Psychology and Health


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