There is a thriving, internationally recognised health psychology research group in Psychology.
Our mission is to develop and apply psychological theory and methods to health and social behaviours. Areas of research include Health Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Neuropsychology.
Understanding Determinants of Behaviour
Promoting Behaviour Initiation
Promoting Behaviour Change Maintenance
Determinants and Measurements of Outcomes
Our research has been funded by a wide variety of sources including the ESRC, MRC, Chief Scientist Office, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, NHS, Nuffield and Leverhulme. We run an MSc in Health Psychology and an MSc in Psychological Therapy and Primary Care. We welcome PhD applications, and offer supervision of Stage 2 training in Health Psychology.
Purpose-built Health Laboratory, Close collaborative links with NHS partners, including Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, Western General Hospital in Edinburgh and Ninewells Hospital, Dundee.
Members of Health and Behaviour Change:
Sinéad Currie: .
Stephan Dombrowski: behaviour change interventions, behavioural and weight loss maintenance, health care service use for acute conditions
William Goodall Joint Course Director - MSc Psychological Therapy in Primary Care
Freda McManus: cognitive behavioural interventions for anxiety and depression; training therapists to implement evidence based psychological interventions.
Ronan O’Carroll: behavioural medicine, psychological sequelae of medical/ surgical events, medication adherence, improving health outcomes.
Vivien Swanson: Psychological wellbeing and models of behaviour change in relation to promoting health behaviours and coping with long-term conditions.
Lindsay Wilson: Neuropsychology, functional outcome, and quality of life after brain injury.
Carol Jasper, Lucy Dickinson, Lindsay Horton, Emma Scott-Smith, Julie McLellan, Shubhanna Hussain-Ahmed.
Catriona Snodin: Resilience, Behaviour change, Breastfeeding
Wendy Maltinsky: health psychology and behavioural change training as well as research and education in diabetes.
Dr Peter Griffiths: paediatric neuropsychology; neurodevelopmental disorder, especially phenylketonuria; and treatment of elimination disorders in children
Professor Ivana Markova: social representations; language and communication
Professor Kevin Power: the effectiveness of cognitive behaviour therapy for anxiety, panic and post-traumatic stress disorders
Example PhD projects
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