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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 Chartered Health Psychologist and Assistant Professor at Northumbria University whose research focuses on the intersection between Health Psychology and Implementation Science. In his research he draws upon theories and approaches from behavioural medicine to develop and evaluate interventions aimed at changing healthcare professional behaviour and health behaviours of patients and the public. During his Improvement Science PhD, he explored how to best support healthcare professionals with creating and breaking habit in the context of diabetes care. This work involved the development of Information Prescriptions, an electronic tool to support practitioners and people living with type 2 diabetes with making shared decisions around important health targets.

More recently he has been working on developing knowledge, tools and frameworks for tailoring strategies to support the implementation of evidence-based eHealth services in routine healthcare (e.g., in the ImpleMentAll project). Currently, he is leading research to further advance methods and tools to support comprehensive approaches to stakeholder engagement in implementation research and practice. Sebastian is an active member of the European Health Psychology Society, a Head Editor of the Practical Health Psychology Blog, and a Director of Open Digital Health an initiative to accelerate the implementation and evaluation of open digital health tools.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Education, Certificate, Associate Fellowship with the Higher Education Academy, Higher Education Academy

1 Oct 202012 Feb 2021

Award Date: 12 Jan 2021

Psychology, PhD, Making good quality care habitual: an exploration of the concept habit in relation to healthcare professional behaviour, Newcastle University

2 Dec 201414 Feb 2017

Award Date: 24 Nov 2017

Psychology, MRes, Cross-cultural differences in cognitive emotion regulation strategies: a comparison between six European contries, Leiden University

1 Sept 20101 Sept 2013

Award Date: 9 Jan 2013

Psychology, BA, Leiden University

1 Sept 20078 Dec 2010

Award Date: 31 Aug 2010

External positions

Stavanger University Hospital

1 Jan 201930 Dec 2022


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