Dr Keira Scholtens

Job Title and Responsibilities

Lecturer in Psychology

About Me

I completed a BSc (Hons) in Psychology in 2008, a MSc in Health Psychology in 2009 and a Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology in 2014, all at Staffordshire University. I started working as a researcher at Staffordshire University in 2009 working on various research projects including investigating smoking-related age-progression facial-wrinkling morphing software, assisting the evaluation of a paediatric weight management service, and overseeing a five year longitudinal smoking prevention project with 25 Staffordshire secondary schools. My current role at the University includes working as a Lecturer in Psychology.


  • Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology, 2014

  • MSc Health Psychology, 2009

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, 2008

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • British Psychological Society (BPS)

  • BPS Division of Health Psychology


My research expertise is in the area of Health Psychology specifically smoking behaviours. I am an experienced researcher who is competent in designing and managing research studies/projects using both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Enterprise and Commercial Activities

I have conducted consultancy work with the following organisations:

  • Knowsley Integrated Provider Service (KIPS) @ 5 Boroughs Partnership National Health Service (NHS) Foundation Trust

  • Staffordshire County Council smoking service

  • Stoke Primary Care Trust (PCT) NHS Smoking service

Research Interests

My specific research interest involves investigating smoking behaviours. In particular, I am interested in personalised smoking-related physical appearance interventions.
General interests include:

  • Health psychology theories and models

  • Addiction including drug use

  • Long term conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis in younger people and quality of life determinants

  • Psychological benefits of physical activity

Selected Publications


Conner, M.C., Grogan, S., Simms-Ellis, R., Flett, K., Sykes-Muskett, B., Cowap, L., Lawton, R., Armitage, C.J., Meads, D., Torgenson, C., West, R., Siddiqi, K. (2017). Do electronic cigarettes increase cigarette smoking in UK adolescents? Evidence from a 12-month prospective study. Tobacco Control (In Press). doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2017-054002.

Flett, K., Grogan, S., Clark-Carter, D., Gough, B., & Conner, M. (2015). Male smokers’ experiences of an appearance-focused facial-ageing intervention. Journal of Health Psychology,  22, 422-433. doi: 10.1177/1359105315603477. 

Conner, M., Grogan, S., Lawton, R., Armitage, C., West, R., Siddiqi, K., Gannon, B., Torgerson, C., Flett, K., & Simms-Ellis, R. (2013). Study protocol: A cluster randomised controlled trial of implementation intentions to reduce smoking initiation in adolescents. BMC Public Health, 13, 1-9. doi: 10.1186/1477-2458-13-54.

Flett, K., Clark-Carter, D., Grogan, S., & Davey, R. (2013). How effective are physical appearance interventions in changing smoking perceptions, attitudes and behaviours? A systematic review. Tobacco Control, 22, 74-79. doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2011-050236.

Grogan, S., Flett, K., Clark-Carter, D., & Conner, M. (2011). Brief Report: A Randomised Controlled Trial of an Appearance-Related Smoking Intervention. Health Psychology, 30, 805-809. doi: 10.1037/a0024745.

Grogan, S., Flett, K., Clark-Carter, D., Gough, B., Davey, R., Richardson, D., & Rajaratnam, G. (2010). Women Smokers’ Experiences of an Age-Appearance Anti-Smoking Intervention: A Qualitative Study. British Journal of Health Psychology, 16, 675-689. doi:10.1348/2044-8287.002006.

Conference presentations

Flett, K., Grogan, S., Clark-Carter, D., Conner, M., & Cowap, L. (July, 2012). A randomised controlled trial of an appearance-related facial-wrinkling intervention with male and female smokers: The impact of a maintenance technique.  Paper presented at the Appearance Matters 5 Conference, Bristol, England.

Flett, K., Grogan, S., & Clark-Carter, D. (June, 2010). Women smokers’ accounts of participating in a facial wrinkling age progression intervention. Paper presented at the Appearance Matters 4 Conference, Bristol, England.

Flett,K., Povey, R., & Forshaw, M. (September, 2012). Health psychology in action: Evaluation of impact and effectiveness of a paediatric specialist weight management service for children. Poster presented at the British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology Conference, Liverpool, England.

Cowap, L., Povey, R., & Flett, K. (September, 2013). A qualitative evaluation regarding the experiences of service users attending a paediatric weight management programme. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology Conference, Brighton, England.

Povey, R., Cowap, L., & Flett, K. (September, 2013). An evaluation to understand the reasons why some families fail to engage with a paediatric weight management programme despite having children classified as having an overweight or obese Body Mass Index. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology Conference, Brighton, England.

Invited talks

Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), Manchester, England. (November, 2014). Health Psychology Career Talk.

Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), Manchester, England. (October, 2013). Using age-progression facial to promote health.

Glyndwr University, Wrexham, Wales. (February, 2013). Using age-progression facial to promote health.

Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. (April, 2011). A facial wrinkling age-progression intervention.

Current Teaching

  • MSc Health Psychology, Communication Issues in Health Care and Long Term Conditions

  • BSc Psychology, Understanding the Social World (USW)

  • Health psychology and smoking related workshops


Dr Keira Scholtens
Lecturer in Psychology
School of Life Sciences and Education
Staffordshire University
Science Centre
Leek Road
t: +44 (0)1782 294782
e: keira.scholtens@staffs.ac.uk