Dr. Heide Busse

Heide Busse is a public health researcher in the department ‘prevention and evaluation’ and leads the Applied Health Intervention Research Unit.

Heide’s background is in psychology (BSc, University of Groningen, Netherlands) and health psychology (MSc, University of Bath, United Kingdom). From 2012-2019, Heide worked as a public health researcher at the Bristol Medical School, University of Bristol (UK), where she also obtained her PhD.

As a researcher within the Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer), one of five Public Health Research Centres of Excellence in the UK, Heide contributed to over 20 different and diverse research projects. Most projects aimed at promoting good health and wellbeing among children and young people by looking at a range of specific areas (physical activity, diet/nutrition, mental health, multiple risk behaviours). Heide has previously worked on pilot and feasibility studies, full randomised controlled trials involving process and cost-effectiveness evaluations, and has a strong interest in promoting the evidence-base of public health interventions by undertaking evidence reviews.

Heide’s research is concerned with the development, evaluation and implementation of complex interventions for health promotion and illness prevention and the reduction of health inequalities and inequities. Moreover, Heide has a strong interest in participative research methods, science communication and transfer.

ORCID ID: 0000-0001-6043-9072

  • Development, evaluation and implementation of complex health interventions
  • Prevention and health promotion
  • Intervention effects on health equality and equity
  • Relationship between health and education
  • Digital interventions
  • Understanding contextual factors in interventions
  • Science communication and transfer into practice

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    Selected BIPS-Publications

  • Articles with peer review

  • Brandes B, Busse H, Sell L, Christianson L, Brandes M. A scoping review on characteristics of school-based interventions to promote physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness among 6- to 10-year-old children. Preventive Medicine. 2022;155:106920.
  • Busse H, Buck C, Stock C, Zeeb H, Pischke CR, Matos Fialho PM, Wendt C, Helmer S. Engagement in health risk behaviours before and during the COVID-19 pandemic in German university students: Results of a cross-sectional study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021;18(4):1410.
  • Saleem M, Kühne L, De Santis KK, Christianson L, Brand T, Busse H. Understanding engagement strategies in digital interventions for mental health promotion: Scoping review. JMIR Mental Health. 2021;8(12):e30000.
  • Van de Velde S, Buffel V, van der Heijde CM, Çoksan S, Bracke P, Abel T, Busse H, Zeeb H, Rabiee-Khan F, Stathopoulou T, Van Hal G, Ladner J, Tavolacci M-P, Tholen R, Wouters E, on behalf of the C19 ISWS consortium. Depressive symptoms in higher education students during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. An examination of the association with various social risk factors across multiple high- and middle-income countries. SSM - Population Health. 2021;16:100936.
  • Brandes B, Busse H, Sell L, Christianson L, Brandes M. Protocol for a scoping review to identify and map intervention components of existing school-based interventions for the promotion of physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness among school children aged 6–10 years old. BMJ Open. 2020;10:e037848.
  • Editorials

  • Busse H, Samkange-Zeeb F, Moore G. Editorial: Socioeconomic status and health in childhood, adolescence and young adulthood. Frontiers in Public Health. 2022;10:1042331.

For further publications please follow this link:

  • Aufnahme in das Mentoring-Programm der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft
    Leibniz-Gemeinschaft (2023)
    Besondere Eignung für eine Leitungsposition in der Wissenschaft

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Heide Busse


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