Health Psychology Research Group

We are a thriving, internationally recognised health psychology group specialising in research, training, interdisciplinary work and applying our health psychology knowledge to improve public health and healthcare systems. We lead the University Health and Behaviour Research Programme which is part of the broader Living Well Research Theme. We are committed to interdisciplinary research e.g., working with colleagues in Health Sciences and Sport and the Chief Scientist’s Office Nursing, Midwifery and Applied Health Professionals Research Unit (NMAHP-RU).

Our mission is to develop and apply psychological theory and methods to identify determinants and develop interventions to change health behaviours (e.g., blood and organ donation, breastfeeding, healthy eating and exercise), across the lifespan (e.g., pregnancy to older age), across illnesses (e.g., diabetes, pain, cancer screening, asthma, and obesity) and across the globe.

We deliver accredited professional training in Health Psychology via our MSc in Health Psychology (Stage 1) and our new Doctoral Training Programme in Health Psychology (Stage 2).

We work closely with patients, healthcare staff and the public to ensure that our research makes a difference to practice in order to improve health and well-being.

Our MAP (motivation, action, prompts) project developed and tested a novel programme to train health professionals delivering diabetes care across Scotland – now being rolled out across health promotion teams.



Our work also applies to other disciplines, for instance, various members of our team are working with fish farmers in Vietnam to try and change behaviour and reduce antibiotic over-use and resistance in farm treated fish and introduce a vaccination programme - see our recent paper published in the journal Antibiotics.

Our Work

  • Celebrating Success
  • Research
  • Teaching & Training
  • Links with the Community
  • Links with other Disciplines
  • Members

Contact us

You can learn more about us and how we have adjusted to the COVID19 pandemic by visiting our Youtube channel Health Psychology Stirling.

Or follow us on Twitter: @stirhealthpsych

Ronan O'Carroll

Professor of Psychology
Health and Behaviour Change
University of Stirling Stirling, FK9 4LA Scotland

01786 467683