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Krishane Patel


Krishane Patel
Krishane dot Patel at warwick dot ac dot uk

About Me

I am a PhD student, funded by NIBS, studying at Warwick Business School in behaviour change science. My background is in cognitive psychology, with previous experience in cognitive neuroscience. Before the PhD, I was researching at Imperial College London in behavioural science and behavioural phenotyping with the Centre for Health Policy, and the University of York in attention and memory, with Prof. Alan Baddeley.

Research Interests

  • Behavioural phenotyping and Individual Differences
  • Computational models
  • Behaviour Change
  • Financial Behaviour
  • Health and Psychiatric Disorders


My thesis is on promoting self-management runnning behavioural interventions within the financial and health fields. I am particularly interested in how individual differences impact the behaviour change process, I use Reinforcement Learning as the framework behind this process.

My work on finance is in conjunction with the Fairbanking Foundation, a research-based charity to provide a fair banking market for consumers. The work compares goal-setting and habit-based behavioural interventions in an effort to promote "financial capability", a term used to describe household/personal finance, for the way we think about money, how we keep track, make ends meet and even plan for the future.

I am working on a Randomised-Controlled Trial with students at the University of Warwick evaluating two interventions designed through Qualitative research. Monash University will be collaborating with this project looking to replicate the trial with students out in Australia. You can read more about the trial here: SAVINGS Trial.

Supervised by: Prof. Ivo Vlaev and Dr. Tigran Melkonyan

Grant and Side Projects

I also work on the applications of choice models, applying psychopathological model to sub-optimal choices of lifestyle behaviours. I apply these types of models to explain how people make seemingly irrational choices, for instance not checking their bank accounts. These projects are in collaboration with Monash University, Australia.

The ideas from my thesis have been successfully funded by a Money Advice Service grant to run a deeper and larger trial across the UK with Orbit Housing and We Are Digitial.

Kulendran, M., Patel, K., Darzi, A., & Vlaev, I. (2016). Diagnostic validity of behavioural and psychometric impulsivity measures: An assessment in adolescent and adult populations. Personality and Individual Differences, 90, 347–352.

Grants & Awards

Patel. K., Rotaru, K., Oppewal, H. & Vlaev, I. (2017). Avoidance Behaviour in Financial Capability. Monash Warwick Alliance. ($12,190 & £2,393)

Schmidtke, K., Patel, K., Scharf, S., King, D., Elliot, A. & Vlaev, I. (2017-2018). Using habits and goals to increase people’s financial capabilities. Money Advice Service. (£248,503).

Vlaev, I., Patel, K., Schmidtke, K., Mansur, A., Voon, V. (2016). Habit Formation for Medication Adherence. Network for Intergrated Behavioural Science. (£10,810).

Vlaev, I., Patel, K., Schmidtke, K., Judah, G., Dasgupta, I., White, D. (2016). Application of habit theory to medication adherence. Warwick University Global Research Priorities (£2,000).

Talks & Conferences
" Behavioural Science, Technology and Self-Management" - Digital Pragmatism: Delivering real world improvements - Centre for Technological Informatics; Kings College London [7th June 2016]
" Diagnostic validity of behavioural and psychometric impulsivity measures: An assessment of impulsivity measures in five subject groups." - British Obesity & Metabolic Surgery Society; Cardiff City Hall; Cardiff [29th January 2016]
"What can Behavioural Science say about Medication Adherence?" - Patient Adherence: A Global Health Concern; Warwick Business School; University of Warwick [25th November 2015]