Jackie Andrade

Jackie Andrade

Psychology at the University of Plymouth.

Jackie is part of the multi-national team that developed Functional Imagery Training (FIT) and led its first trial, which showed that people lost substantially more weight with FIT than with an established intervention. She has been training healthcare practitioners to deliver FIT to their clients since 2016 and has published over a hundred scientific papers on health, psychology, and behaviour change.

Jon May



Jon May

Psychology at the University of Plymouth.

Jon May is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Plymouth. He has been studying the role that mental imagery and other thought contents play in human decision making and behaviour for over thirty years, and has led many research project. He has published over a hundred scientific papers on cognition and emotion, human-computer interaction, and behaviour change.

David Kavanagh

David Kavanagh

David Kavanagh is a Professor of Psychology at Queensland University of Technology.

Linda Solbrig

Linda Solbrig

Psychology at the University of Plymouth.

Despina Djama

Despina Djama

Psychology at the University of Plymouth.

Despina is currently a PhD student at the University of Plymouth, having previously completed an MPsych Advanced Psychology degree in behaviour change at the University. As part of her degree, she spent one academic year working with Professors Jackie Andrade and Jon May on a research placement in behaviour change at the University of Plymouth. Her research is looking into the role of mental imagery in work-related stress and ways to implement FIT to increase resilience in the workplace.

Karol Nedza

Karol Nedza

Psychology at the University of Plymouth.

My name is Karol Nedza and I currently hold a position of Teaching and Research Associate at the University of Plymouth. I have been qualified as a personal trainer (level 3) for 7 years and worked for five of those in different centres across the country. My current research focuses on using guided imagery to increase physical activity. I have been delivering Functional Imagery Training to gym users and physiotherapy clients. Personally, I am engaged in weight-lifting programs and competing in triathlons.

Jon Rhodes

Jon Rhodes

Jon works as a part-time lecturer and researcher in psychology at the University of Plymouth, and recently completed his PhD examining methods to enhance resilience and grit in high performance athletes. Consequently, Jon has developed Functional Imagery Training for Groups, specifically to optimise performance by enhancing motivation during challenging experiences. Working over three Olympic cycles with athletes from a mixture of disciplines, Jon continues to work with the world’s top athletes competing for a place at Tokyo Olympics, and in endurance sports, such as with Red Bull Cliff Divers and with athletes competing in this year’s America’s Cup. Jon has appeared on BBC and Sky News as part of the United Nations Ocean patron Lewis Pugh’s Long Swim, raising awareness for marine conservation by swimming 560 kilometres. As an academic, Jon has written peer reviewed papers on personality modification due to overcoming adversity and is in peer review with articles that report an increase in growth mindset for students, enhance resilience for sub-elite athletes, and promotion of exercise adherence using motivational imagery. Currently, alongside researching and delivering sports performance consultancy, Jon is developing innovative imagery interventions for the British Elite Forces to enhance recruit resilience.


Leonie Cooper

Leonie Cooper

Psychology at the University of Plymouth.

Leonie Cooper is a Teaching and Research Associate at the University of Plymouth.

Katie Brindle

Katie Brindle

Psychology at the University of Plymouth.

I am a Teaching and Research Associate at the University of Plymouth. I am interested in the use of technology such as virtual reality and its application to interventions that help change individuals’ behaviours. I am currently doing my PhD on Functional Imagery Training (FIT), focusing on the delivery and applications of FIT in virtual reality.

Tracey Parkin

Tracey Parkin

Health Professions at the University of Plymouth.