Our research

At Manchester Centre for Health Psychology our staff and students carry out a wide range of research, spanning areas such as promoting healthy lifestyles and preventing illness, managing long-term health conditions, understanding stress responses, improving health services, and enhancing communication between patients and health professionals.

Our world-class researchers secure research funding from prestigious and innovative awards bodies including the National Institute for Health Research, Medical Research Council, Natural Environment Research Council, Arts and Humanities Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council, Tesco PLC, Cancer Research UK, Arthritis Research UK, Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Higher Education Council for England.

Some of our current projects include:

  • The SOCIAL project, funded by NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research examines the impact of social norms interventions on clinicial behaviour change among health workers: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
  • The MERIT project to develop guidance on avoiding bias in trials due to measurement. It is funded by the MRC-NIHR.
  • The ACORN project (Improving oral health in cleft lip and/or palate: a health promotion intervention for children and parents) funded by NIHR Research for Patient Benefit. Watch a animation about the study here.
  • The DRIDVA project (Dentistry Responding In Domestic Violence and Abuse) funded by NIHR Research for Patient Benefit
  • The GHIA project (Green Infrastructure and the Health and Wellbeing influences on an Ageing Population) funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, Arts & Humanities Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council under their Valuing Nature Programme
  • A UK-wide study of influences on neurologists' prescribing of disease-modifying drugs for relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, funded by The Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • The LIFT project (Lessening the Impact of Fatigue: Therapies for Inflammatory Rheumatic Diseases) funded by Arthritis Research UK, with Prof Karina Lovell from the Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, Prof Richard Emsley from the Division of Population Health, Health Services Research and Primary Care, and principal investigator Dr Neil Basu from the University of Aberdeen
  • Manchester Healthy Lifestyles Research Group are conducting a programme of research funded by Tesco PLC, exploring the implementation and effectiveness of diet and physical activity interventions
  • The SuMMIT-D project (Support through Mobile Messaging and digital health Technologies for Diabetes) funded by the NIHR Programme Grants for Research Scheme
  • The ‘SENSE-Cog Project’ to improve mental well-being for elderly Europeans with sensory impairment, funded by the European Commission Horizon 2020 scheme
  • The "Time to face the music” project addressing hearing health in future professional musicians, funded by the Colt Foundation
  • The service delivery and fidelity work package of the £2 million DIPLOMA programme, funded by NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research, and working with collaborators in the Division of Population Health, Health Services Research & Primary Care to evaluate NHS England's national type 2 diabetes prevention programme, 'Healthier You'

Our vision

Our goal is to be recognised locally, nationally, and internationally as a leading centre for Health Psychology teaching and research that makes a difference to society by influencing policy, practice and public perceptions.

To achieve this, we:

Communicate within and beyond the university about our research and other activities

  • See the Events page for details of our upcoming seminars

Engage the community in shared conversations about research and higher education

  • See the Blog page to read about some of our public engagement activities

Involve patients, the public and other stakeholders as valued research collaborators

  • See the Research page for information about our current projects

Generate impact on local and national policy, practice, and public perceptions

  • See the Impact page to learn about the positive influences of our research