Professor Chris Fife-Schaw

Research Interests

I am interested in how we chose what to do particularly in the area of health behaviours. I have recently started lab-based work looking at affective responses to physical exercise and in particular the role of control and autonomy in moderating the relationship between effort and affective responses exercise. I have also interests in attitudinal ambivalence; alternatives to questionnaire measures of attitudes; risk perception, particularly with respect to the water supply; trust and confidence in risk contexts; structural equation modelling; novel applications of multivariate techniques to psychological research problems; statistical practices in psychology.

Research Collaborations

I am a member of the department’s Health and Wellbeing group details of which can be found at:

I am involved in a number of projects including:

GUILDFORD HYPERTENSION 2000 - A randomised trial of exercise interventions to increase levels of physical and sporting activity. Funded by Sport England (Get Healthy, Get in to Sport project no. 2012021353) with support from partners Surrey County Council, Active Surrey, Surrey Sports Park, Spring Street Surgery, Isostasy. Surrey team consists of Simon de Lusignan (Health Care Management and Policy), Joe Wainwright (Surrey Sports Park), Anna Whittle (Psychology) and Filipa Ferreira (HCMP). Project website:  ISRCTN no: ISRCTN71952900.

CLYMBOL - Role of health-related claims and symbols in consumer behaviour with Monique Raats, Cahro Hodgkins, Bernadette Egan, Rob Nash, Lada Timotijevic. Details of this can be found at:

RfPB NIHR - The evaluation of an investment based intervention to improve weight loss post bariatric surgery. With Jane Ogden, (PI), Amelia Hollywood and Majid Hashemi.

TECHNEAU – Technology enabled universal access to water. This FP6 IP had a work area concerned with consumer acceptance of, and trust in, the drinking water supply which I coordinated. The Surrey team included Jonathan Chenoweth (CES), Julie Barnett (Psychology), Walter Wehrmeyer (CES), Tereza Capelos (Politics), Boyka Bratanova (Psychology) and Tanika Kelay (Psychology). For details of the whole project and its publication outputs go to


PSY2016/PSY2023/PSYM093 Social Psychology with Research methods

PSYM065 Multivariate statistics and SPSS

PSYM028 Crafting Research

BMS2064 Fundamentals of Sports Psychology

BMS3084 Psychology of Exercise and Health

Statistics FAQ resource

I produced a set of web pages some time ago which is intended as a resource for psychology students and staff at the University of Surrey though it is available to all. It deals with a range of questions that we get asked a lot but are not routinely covered in basic statistics books.
The idea is to give practical advice, some stats utilities and to point people in the direction of authoritative sources. It is not intended to give extensive statistical arguments in support of the advice given – that will be available via references and web-links.

Contact Me

Phone: 01483 68 6873

Find me on campus
Room: 18 AD 02

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Golding, K., Fife-Schaw, C. & Kneebone, I. I. (2016). Twelve month follow-up on a randomised controlled trial of relaxation training for post-stroke anxiety. Clinical Rehabilitation. DOI: 10.1177/0269215516682820,

Tapp, J., Warren, F., Fife-Schaw, C.R., Perkins, D. & Moore, E. (2016). Essential elements of treatment and care in high secure forensic inpatient services: an expert consensus study. Journal of Forensic Practice, 18, 189 – 203.

Querstret, D., Cropley, M. & Fife-Schaw, C.R. (2016). Internet-based instructor-led mindfulness for work-related rumination, fatigue and sleep: assessing facets of mindfulness as mechanisms of change. A randomised waitlist control trial. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. Advance online publication.

Kneebone, I. I., Fife-Schaw, C., Lincoln, N. B., & Harder, H., (2015). A study of the validity and the reliability of the Geriatric Anxiety Inventory in screening for anxiety after stroke in older inpatients. Clinical Rehabilitation. 1-9. DOI:10.1177/0269215515619661.

Serbic, D., Pincus, T., Fife-Schaw, C. and Dawson, H. (2015). Diagnostic uncertainty, guilt, mood and disability in back pain. Health Psychology, 35, 50-9. doi: 10.1037/hea0000272. Epub 2015 Oct 12

Capelos, T. Provost, C., Parouti, M., Barnett, J., Chenoweth, J., Fife-Schaw, C. & Kelay, T. (2015). Ingredients of Institutional Reputations and Citizens’ Compliance with Agency Recommendations. Regulation & Governance. DOI:10.1111/rego.12097

Simonds, L., John, M., Fife-Schaw, C., Willis, S., Taylor, H., Hand, H., Rahim, M., Winstanley, H. and Winton, H. (2015). Development and Validation of the Adolescent Shame-Proneness Scale. Psychological Assessment. doi: 10.1037/pas0000206

Kneebone, I., Guerrier, S., Dunmore, E., Jones, E. and Fife-Schaw, C. (2015). A longitudinal examination of the Hopelessness Theory of Depression in people who have multiple sclerosis. Behavioural Neurology. doi: 10.1155/2015/190405

Golding, K. Kneebone, I. & Fife-Schaw, C.R. (2015). Self-help relaxation for post-stroke anxiety: A randomised, controlled pilot study. Clinical Rehabilitation. 1-7, doi: 10.1177/0269215515575746.

Hodgkins, C.E., Raats, M.M., Fife-Schaw, C.R., Peacock, M., Gröppel-Klein, A. et al. (2015). Guiding healthier food choice: Systematic comparison of four front-of-pack labelling systems and their effect on judgements of product healthiness. British Journal of Nutrition. 113(10), 1652-63. doi: 0.1017/S0007114515000264. Epub 2015 Apr 21

Avery, R. E., Smillie, L. & Fife-Schaw, C.R. (2015). Employee Achievement Orientations, Personality, and, Expectation Based Job Satisfaction and Satisfaction with One's Own Job Performance. Personality and Individual Differences. 56-61. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2014.11.037

Fife-Schaw, C., de Lusignan, S., Wainwright, J., Sprake, H., Laver, S., Heald, V., Orton, J., Prescott, M., Carr, H., & O’Neill, M. (2014).  Comparing exercise interventions to increase persistence with physical exercise and sporting activity among people with hypertension or high normal blood pressure: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 15, 336 doi:10.1186/1745-6215-15-336

Tapp, J.M., Warren, F., Fife-Schaw, C.R., Perkins, D. & Moore, E. (in press). A critical analysis of clinical evidence from high secure forensic inpatient services.  International Journal of Forensic Mental Health.

Tapp, J.M., Warren, F., Fife-Schaw, C.R., Perkins, D. & Moore, E. (in press). What do the experts by experience tell us about ‘what works’ in high secure forensic inpatient hospital services? Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology.

Bratanova, B., Morrison, G., Fife-Schaw, C., Chenoweth, J. & Mangold, M. (in press). Restoring Drinking Water Acceptance following a Water-borne Disease Outbreak: The Role of Trust, Risk Perception, Blame, and Communication. Journal of Applied Social Psychology.

Orchard, R. & Fife-Schaw, C.R. (2012). Terrorism at the London 2012 Olympic Games: Evaluating the Trust, Confidence and Co-operation model (Earle & Siegrist 2006). Forensic Update, 107, 25-30.

Chenoweth, J., Barnett, J., Capelos, T., Fife-Schaw, C.R. & Kelay, T. (2010). Comparison of consumer attitudes between Cyprus and Latvia: an evaluation of effect of setting on consumer preferences in the water industry. Water Resources Management. 24, 4339–4358.

Sturgis, P., Brunton-Smith, I. and Fife-Schaw, C. (2010). Public attitudes to genomic science: An experiment in information provision. Public Understanding of Science, 19, 160 - 180.

Fife-Schaw, C.R. & Abraham, C, (2009). How much behaviour change should we expect from health promotion campaigns targeting theory-based cognitions? Psychology and Health, 24, 763-776 1-14.

Fife-Schaw, C.R., Barnett, J., Morrison, G., Åström, J. and Hartung, J. (2009). Enhancing consumer relations: The role of trust and confidence. In. T. van den Hoven and C. Kazner (eds.). TECHNEAU: Safe Drinking Water from Source to Tap: State of the Art and Perspectives. IWA Publishing, London. ISBN 9781843392750 90000.

Fife-Schaw, C., Barnett, J., Chenoweth, J., Morrison, G.M. & Lundehn, C. (2008). Consumer trust and confidence: some recent ideas in the literature. Water Science and Technology: Water Supply, 8, 43-48.

Daniel, J., Cropley, M. & Fife-Schaw, C.R. (2007). Acute exercise effects on smoking withdrawal symptoms and desire to smoke are not related to expectation. Psychopharmacology, 195, 125-129.

Fife-Schaw, C.R, Sheeran, P. & Norman, P. (2007). Simulating behaviour change interventions based on the Theory of Planned Behavior: Impacts on intention and action. British Journal of Social Psychology, 46, 43-68.

Daniel, J.Z., Cropley, M. & Fife-Schaw, C.R. (2006). The effect of exercise in reducing desire to smoke and cigarette withdrawal symptoms is not caused by distraction. Addiction, 101, 1187-1192.

Breakwell, G.M., Hammond, S., Fife-Schaw, C.R. and Smith, J.A. (eds.) (2006). Research Methods in Psychology (3rd edn.). Sage, London.

Sturgis, P., Cooper, H. & Fife-Schaw, C.R. (2005) Attitudes to Biotechnology: estimating the opinions of a better informed public. New Genetics and Society, 24, 31-56.

Carlisle, A., John, M., Fife-Schaw, C.R. & Lloyd, M. (2005). The self-regulatory model in women with rheumatoid arthritis: relationships between illness representations, coping procedures, self-efficacy beliefs and outcome. British Journal of Health Psychology, 10, 571-587.

Fife-Schaw, C.R. (2005). Analysing categorical data. In Jeremy Miles and Paul Gilbert(eds.) Research Methods for Health and Clinical Psychology, Oxford; Oxford University Press.

Sturgis, P., Cooper, H., Fife-Schaw, C.R. and Shepherd, R. (2004). Genomic science: emerging public opinion. In A. Park, J. Curtice, K. Thomson, C. Bromley, and M. Phillips, (eds), British Social Attitudes – the 21st Report, London: Sage

Skinner, C.T., Hampson, S.E. and Fife-Schaw, C.R. (2002). Personality, personal model beliefs, and self-care in adolescents and young adults with Type 1 diabetes. Health Psychology, 21, 61-70.

Herbert, M., Foulds, J. and Fife-Schaw, C.R. (2001). No effect of cigarette smoking on attention or mood in non-deprived smokers. Addiction, 96, 1349 – 1356.

Fife-Schaw, C.R. and Rowe, G. (2000). Extending the Application of the Psychometric Approach for Assessing Public Perceptions of Food Risk: Some Methodological Considerations. Journal of Risk Research , 3, 167-179.

Owen, A.J. Colbourne, J.S.; Clayton, C.R.I. & Fife-Schaw, C. (1999). Mental model's approach to customer perception of drinking-water supply and quality.  Water and environmental management, 13, 241-244.

Owen A.J., Colbourne J.S, Clayton C.R.I. & Fife-Schaw C. (1999). Risk communication of hazardous processes associated with drinking water quality - A mental models approach to customer perception, part 1 - A methodology. Water Science and Technology 39, 183-188.

Thrush, D., Fife-Schaw, C.R. & Breakwell, G.M. (1999). Evaluation of interventions to reduce smoking: An Evaluation of Two School-based Interventions to Reduce Smoking Prevalence among 8 - 13 year olds.  Swiss Journal of Psychology, 58, 85-100.

Ekinci, Y., Riley, M. & Fife-Schaw, C.R. (1998). Which school of thought?:  The dimensions of resort hotel quality.  International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 10, 63-67.

Fife-Schaw, C.R.. Commentary on Joffe (1997) ‘AIDS Research and Prevention: A Social Representation Approach’. British Journal of Medical Psychology, 70, 65-73, 1997.

Thrush, D., Breakwell, G.M. & Fife-Schaw, C.R. (1997). Young people's representations of others' views of smoking: Is there a link with smoking behaviour?  Journal of Adolescence, 20, 57-70.

Fife-Schaw, C.R. & Rowe, G. (1996).  Public perceptions of everyday food hazards: A psychometric study.  Risk Analysis: An International Journal, 16, 487-500.

Fife-Schaw, C.R. (1995). The influence of witness appearance and demeanour on witness credibility: A theoretical framework.  Medicine, Science and Law, 35, 107-116.

Brown, J. Campbell, E.A. & Fife-Schaw, C.R. (1995). Adverse impacts following exposure to sex discrimination and sexual harassment amongst British Police Officers. Stress Medicine. 11, 221-228. (25%)

Breakwell, G.M., Millward, L.J. & Fife-Schaw, C.R. (1994).  Commitment to 'safer' sex as a predictor of condom use amongst 16-20 year olds.  Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 24, 189-217.

Fife-Schaw, C.R. & Breakwell, G.M. (1992). Estimating sexual behaviour parameters in the light of A.I.D.S.:  A review of recent U.K. studies of young people.  AIDS Care, 4, 187-201.

Breakwell, G.M. & Fife-Schaw, C.R. (1992).  Sexual activities and preferences in a U.K. sample of 16-20 year olds. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 21, 271-293.

Breakwell, G.M. & Fife-Schaw, C.R. (1991). Heterosexual anal intercourse and the risk of AIDS/HIV for 16-21 year olds. Health Education Journal, 50, 166-169.

Breakwell, G.M., Fife-Schaw, C.R. & Clayden, K.S. (1991). Risk-taking, control over partner choice and intended use of condoms by virgins.  Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology (Special issue: The Social Dimensions of AIDS), 1, 173-187.

Fife-Schaw, C.R. & Breakwell, G.M. (1991).  The class basis of late teenage voting preferences. European Sociological Review, 7, 135-147.

Fife-Schaw, C.R. & Breakwell, G.M. (1990) Predicting the intention not to vote in late teenage:  A U.K. study of 17- and 18-year olds. Political Psychology, 11, 739-755.

Breakwell, G.M., Fife-Schaw, C.R. & Devereux, J.  Political activity and political attitudes in teenagers: Is there any correspondence ?  Political Psychology, 10, 745-755, 1989.

Matthews, J., Breakwell, G.M. & Fife-Schaw, C.R. (1989).  Young people's attitudes to new technology in Devon: An element in regional growth potential.  Geoforum, 20, 27-35.

Breakwell, G.M. & Fife-Schaw, C.R. (1988). Ageing and the impact of new technology.  Social Behaviour, 3, 119-130.

Breakwell, G.M., Fife-Schaw, C.R. & Devereux, J. (1988).  The relationship of self-esteem and attributional style to young people's worries.  Journal of Psychology, 122, 207-216.

Breakwell, G.M., Fife-Schaw, C.R. & Devereux, J. (1988).  Parental influence and teenager's motivation to train for technological jobs.  Journal of Occupational Psychology, 61, 79-88.

Breakwell, G.M., Fife-Schaw, C.R., Lee, T.R. & Spencer, J. (1987). Occupational aspirations and attitude to new technology. Journal of Occupational Psychology, 60, 169-172.

Fife-Schaw, C.R., Breakwell, G.M., Lee, T.R. & Spencer, J. (1987). Attitudes towards new technology in relation to scientific orientation at school:  A preliminary study of undergraduates. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 57, 114-121.

Fife-Schaw, C.R., Breakwell, G.M., Lee, T.R. & Spencer, J. (1986). Patterns of teenage computer usage. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 2,152-161.

Breakwell, G.M., Fife-Schaw, C.R., Lee, T.R. & Spencer, J. (1986). Attitudes to new technology in relation to social beliefs and group memberships. Current Psychological Research and Reviews, 5, 34-47.

Breakwell, G.M., Fife-Schaw, C.R. & Lee, T.R. (1985). Young people's attitudes to new technology:  Their policy implications. Science and Public Policy, 12, 337-343.

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