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Sebastian has experience in supervising PhD and MD students. He has supervised two MD students to a timely successful completion in a broad range of topics in applied health research. Currently he is supervising two PhD students.

Current postgraduate supervision:

Leah Buhrmann - Translating research evidence into health and social care policy and practice: using best practice across an integrated health and social care system (North East and North Cumbria ARC) to co-develop and evaluate tools for knowledge mobilisers and implementers

Claire Leader - How does the discourse of National Governmental policy influence social practices around the management of wellbeing of Nurses and Midwives working in the National Health Service? 


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

Education/Academic qualification

Education, Certificate, Higher Education Academy

1 Oct 202012 Feb 2021

Award Date: 12 Jan 2021

Psychology, PhD, Newcastle University

2 Dec 201414 Feb 2017

Award Date: 24 Nov 2017

Psychology, MRes, Leiden University

1 Sep 20101 Sep 2013

Award Date: 9 Jan 2013

Psychology, BA, Leiden University

1 Sep 20078 Dec 2010

Award Date: 31 Aug 2010

External positions

Stavanger University Hospital

1 Jan 20191 Jan 2020


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