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Lunchtime Research Seminar - March

A rough guide to systematic reviewing using examples from the behavioural sciences

Researchers are increasingly interested in finding general answers across often diverse literature. For example, they may wish to determine the effectiveness of an intervention, the extent to which a theoretical model is associated with a particular behaviour, or whether a field of research is compromised by methodological bias. Although answers to these questions are obtainable in single pieces of research, more complete information can be gained through conducting a systematic review.

This seminar will present the processes involved in conducting a systematic review, including: how to frame the review and develop research question/s, searching and screening the literature, data extraction and analysis.

These processes will be explained using examples of systematic reviews completed by Máirtín and his colleagues. The more recent of these have focussed on evaluating the empirical evidence linking commonly used intentions-based theories and health behaviour. This seminar therefore will be of interest both to those seeking practical advice in conducting systematic reviews, but also to those with an interest in the behavioural sciences utilising social cognitive models either to understand behaviour or engender behaviour change.

Dr Máirtín McDermott

Máirtín is a research health psychologist with over ten years’ experience working in academic environments. His research has primarily involved identifying the predictors of health behaviours as well as understanding the best methods to facilitate health behaviour change, with a particular focus on smoking and healthy eating. He has a particular interest in behavioural theory, and his most recent work has involved conducting systematic reviews to evaluate the validity of the theories used to encourage healthier lifestyle behaviours. He also has interest and experience in the design and evaluation of behaviour change interventions.



12:00 am for a
12:30 am start


Centre for Health and Social Research
Level 5, Meeting Room 1
215 Spring Street, Melbourne



Monday, 7th March



Christina Brennan
+61 3 9953 3699

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