Manchester Centre for Health Psychology
Prof Chris Armitage: Professor in Health Psychology
Chris is Professor of Health Psychology in the Division of Psychology & Mental Health. His research focuses on psychological intervention and behaviour change, which uses psychological theory (e.g., theory of planned behaviour) to develop tools (e.g., self-incentivising implementation intentions) for behaviour change (e.g. smoking cessation) among diverse populations (e.g. adolescents).
He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed articles on these topics and has received funding to support this research from the Technology Strategy Board, British Renal Society, AERC, ESRC, MRC, and NICE.
Dr Kiera Bartlett: Research Associate
Kiera joined the Manchester Centre for Health Psychology in March 2014 as a research associate working with Belinda Borrelli, Alison Wearden and Chris Armitage on a smoking cessation project funded by CRUK.
Sarah Bellhouse: Research Associate
Sarah is a research associate based within the Christie Patient Centred Research (CPCR) group at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust. She has completed a systematic review and meta-analysis examining the effectiveness of lay health workers in cancer prevention and early diagnosis in collaboration with Prof David French. Sarah is also assisting in assessing the feasibility of lay health worker interventions in cancer (with Prof David French and Lorna McWilliams). Her research interests include promoting the psychosocial wellbeing of cancer patients and carers.
Professor Belinda Borrelli: Chair in Health Psychology
Belinda was recently appointed as a Chair in Health Psychology. She has a joint appointment with Brown University (Rhode Island, USA) where she is Director of the Program in Nicotine and Tobacco Research. She develops and tests treatments to motivate change in a variety of health behaviours (smoking cessation, medication adherence, oral health, sleep apnoea, asthma) in many populations. She is interested in:
- increasing risk perception through health feedback
- working with culturally diverse and special populations.
Belinda was the previous Associate Editor of the 'Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology' and is currently Associate Editor of 'Health Psychology'.
She is a former member of a scientific grant review committee at the National Institutes of Health (RPHB-2), and was recently appointed to the American College of Reviewers.
She has trained hundreds of healthcare practitioners in motivational interviewing for health behaviour change, both nationally and internationally.
Professor Audrey Bowen: Chair of Neuropsychology Rehab
Audrey is Professor of Neuropsychological Rehab in the Division of Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology.
Professor Peter Bower: Chair in Health Sciences
Peter is Professor of Health Sciences in the Division of Population Health, Health Services Research & Primary Care.
Dr Joanna Brooks: Lecturer in Psychology
Joanna is a lecturer in health psychology. She has a particular interest in qualitative methods and is a committee member for the British Psychological Society's Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section. Her research interests include the management of long term conditions and end of life care, and networks of communication and support in health and social care. Her work is informed by a particular interest in the development and use of novel and inclusive approaches to research.
Dr Laura Brown: Senior Lecturer in Psychology
Laura joined the University of Manchester as a Lecturer in the School of Psychological Sciences in 2013. Her research focuses on cognition, health, and wellbeing in later life. In particular, she is interested in characterising the patterns of psychological functioning that are associated with ageing, and in developing interventions to help improve health and wellbeing in older populations. She is also working with care homes to find ways to support person-centred care.
Dr Richard Brown: Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology
As Programme Director for the Clinical Psychology Doctorate (ClinPsyD), I hold overall responsibility for the training of clinical psychologists at the University of Manchester. I also teach on the programme and supervise ClinPsyD research projects. Alongside my training roles, I conduct research and supervise PhD students. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In the remainder of my time I work as Director of the Functional Neurological Disorders (FuND) Service, in my role as honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist within the Complex Primary Care Psychology team at Gaskell House, Manchester Mental Health and Social Care NHS Trust. The FuDD Service offers specialist psychological assessment and treatment for people with functional (i.e. 'medically unexplained') neurological symptom disorders. We offer the main evidence-based approaches for functional neurological symptoms. The predominant therapeutic approach is individual Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy, although we also offer individual Cognitive Behavioural Therapy where appropriate.
Dr Lucie Byrne-Davis*: Senior Lecturer in Assessment and Psychometrics
Lucie is Lecturer in Medical Education based in the Manchester Medical School. Her research is concerned with how to measure and evaluate the impact of interventions.
Her current research activities include:
- investigating the impact of education and training on professional practice in low and middle income countries (collaborators across Manchester, within MCHP and in Uganda),
- the impact of technologies on the processes and outcomes of medical education
- the scalability of interventions to enhance or change professional practice.
She is a committee member for the Division of Health Psychology.
Dr Elaine Cameron*: Research Associate
Elaine joined the Manchester Centre for Health Psychology in August 2014 working with Prof. David French. She has since secured funding from the Multiple Sclerosis Society for a mixed methods study of factors influencing prescribing of disease-modifying treatments for people with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis in the UK, and has recently joined the NIHR-funded DIPLOMA team evaluating NHS England's national type 2 diabetes prevention programme, 'Healthier You'. Elaine's work on this project involves evaluating the behaviour change content of the programme and the extent to which the programme is delivered with fidelity to the intervention specification. Elaine is also a qualified Health Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.
Dr Sarah Cotterill: Senior Lecturer in Health Services Research and Statistics
Sarah Cotterill is a Senior Lecturer, based in the Center for Biostatistics. Sarah's research interests are in public health behaviour change at scale and research methodology. Her work in this area began as a social scientist testing out ways of encouraging people to undertake civic behaviour (e.g., recycling, charitable donations, volunteering). Since moving to health research in 2010, she has undertaken policy evaluations and research on health behaviour change. Sarah has a broad knowledge of research methodology and statistics, with a particular interest in the design and analysis of randomised controlled trials and feasibility studies for the evaluation of health and public policy interventions. She is an academic within NIHR CLAHRC Greater Manchester.
Professor Linda Davies: Professor of Health Economics
Linda is part of the Centre for Health Economics research team, based in the Institute of Population Health.
Linda's key roles are the design and implementation of economic evaluations in mental health and chronic disabilities, focusing on complex interventions for people with complex needs and measurement and valuation of preferences for health and social care.
Dr Kimberley Dienes: Lecturer in Clinical Psychology
I'm a clinical psychologist by training, but I'm currently conducting research that spans clinical and health psychology. Specifically, I'm interested in the biological and psychosocial mechanisms of acute stress reactivity in healthy college students, depressed students, and patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). We are currently examining whether relationship quality can moderate the impact of romantic partner support on acute stress reactivity (cortisol secretion and self report). We are looking at expressed emotion (EE) and attachment style as indicators of relationship quality.
Professor Dawn Edge: Professor
Dawn Edge is a Lecturer in Qualitative Methods in the School of Psychological Sciences. Her research is focused on improving outcomes and reducing inequalities by influencing policy, practice and service delivery.
The scope of her research encompasses wider areas of health and social care with a particular focus on the health beliefs and under-served populations, experiences of healthcare. Dawn works closely with CeNTrUM and IBBMH
Dr Tracy Epton: Lecturer in Health Psychology
Tracy joined the University of Manchester in 2013 first as a research associate and then as a lecturer. Her research involves designing and evaluating behaviour change interventions across a range of behaviours. Her research involves a range a methods including laboratory studies, field work, systematic reviewing and meta-analysis.
Professor David French*: Professor of Health Psychology
After working at the Universities of London (King's College), Cambridge, Birmingham and Coventry, David moved to Manchester in 2012. His research focuses on risk communication and interventions to change behaviours to promote health, especially interventions with reach and which result in maintenance of changes.
He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles on a wide range of health behaviours including screening, alcohol consumption, medication adherence and physical activity, especially walking. His work has been supported by funding bodies including MRC and NIHR (several different funding streams). He is Co-Editor (with Prof Alison Wearden) of the 'British Journal of Health Psychology', and a Fellow of the European Health Psychology Society.
Dr Joanna Goldthorpe: Research Fellow
Joanna has worked in social and health services research since 2004, having held previous roles at Birkbeck College, University of London and the Centre for Public Health Research at the University of Chester.
Professor Joanne Hart*:
Jo Hart is a BPS Chartered Psychologist and HCPC registered Health Psychologist and a Senior Lecturer in Communication at Manchester Medical School. She conducts research around clinical communication, particularly behaviour change communication, and also health professional education.
After completing her PhD with Professor Marie Johnston, investigating cognitive and educational factors affecting health behaviour advice at the University of Aberdeen, Jo held positions at the Universities of St Andrews and Surrey.
Rhiannon Hawkes: Research Assistant
Rhiannon studied her undergraduate psychology degree at Bangor University and completed a MSc in Health Psychology at the University of the West of England, Bristol. She has since had experience facilitating behaviour change (e.g. smoking cessation) in patient groups before starting her current post at the University of Manchester. Rhiannon is now working with Professor David French and Dr Elaine Cameron on the NIHR-funded DIPLOMA project, evaluating the fidelity of delivery of the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.
Dr Chris Keyworth: Research Associate
I am currently a Research Associate based at the Manchester Centre for Health Psychology, working on a programme of research aiming to address obesity prevention, and improving health and wellbeing. The programme focuses on two core aspects: improving patient/general public understanding of obesity prevention through appropriate lifestyle behaviour change, and understanding the healthcare professional role in obesity prevention.
Dr Jacqueline Lavallee: Research Associate
I joined the University of Manchester in 2014 when I started my PhD and stage 2 training in health psychology. Having completed my PhD I am now working as a Research Associate in the Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social work. My research primarily focuses on staff behaviour change to improve the delivery of care and patient outcomes using a range of behaviour change techniques and complex interventions. My research involves a range of methods including mixed methods, systematic reviews, meta-analysis and meta-synthesis. I am also continuing with my training to become a HCPC registered,BPS chartered Health Psychologist. I am trained in motivational interviewing and provide behaviour change and lifestyle support to patients with long term conditions including inflammatory bowel disease.
Dr Rabiya Majeed-Ariss: Research Associate
Rabiya is a research associate with Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Vanessa McIntyre: Research Assistant
Vanessa studied her undergraduate psychology degree at the University of Glasgow and completed an MRes in psychological research methods at the University of Manchester in 2015. She then worked on clinical psychology research projects as an Honorary Research Assistant before starting her current post. She is now working with Professor David French on the GHIA project, which is investigating changes in wellbeing and physical activity in older people after changes in green infrastructure across Greater Manchester.
Vanessa has research interests in both clinical and health including: wellbeing and physical activity in older people, suicide prevention and understanding suicidal behaviour and self harm, using perceptual control theory to understand wellbeing and psychological distress.
Dr Lorna McWilliams: Research Associate
Lorna is predominantly working on the Breast Cancer Now funded project: Developing new care pathways and information materials for women at low risk of developing breast cancer.
She works with Dr Fiona Ulph, Professor David French and Vicky Woof.
Dr Lisa Miles: Research Associate
Lisa joined MCHP as a research associate in January 2018. She is working with Prof David French on an MRC/NIHR funded project on measurement reactivity (how measuring people affects their behaviour, emotions and the data they provide about themselves) and how this can lead to bias in trials. The project involves synthesising existing evidence and expert opinion and will produce the first guidance on preventing such bias.
Dr Sarah Peters*: Senior Lecturer
Sarah is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and qualitative research lead for the NIHR North West Research Design service. Her research focuses on healthcare communication, particularly within challenging contexts, such as medically unexplained symptoms, health behaviour change and relapse prevention.
A key aspect of her research is on equipping health professionals to communicate more effectively with patients, relatives and colleagues.
She has worked using a range of methodologies, but particularly focused on how to integrate qualitative methods within randomised controlled trials to examine acceptability, feasibility and implementation of psychological and training interventions.
Dr Rachael Powell*: Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology
Rachael is a Lecturer in Health Psychology and an adviser for the NIHR Research Design Service. She uses both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, and her research mainly falls into these areas:
- Experience of, and psychological preparation for, medical procedures (e.g. decision making in people offered bone conduction hearing implants; psychological preparation for surgery; predictors of chronic post-surgical pain)
- Behaviour change (e.g. physical activity in older adults; dental hygiene behaviours in stroke survivors)
- Use and experience of novel testing/monitoring technology (particularly self-test technology
Dr Christine Rowland: Research Fellow
In 2009, Christine joined the University of Sheffield and completed an MSc in psychological research methods. Following this, she completed a PhD which investigated smoking and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in advanced lung cancer patients.
In 2013, Christine joined the Manchester Centre for Health Psychology as a postdoctoral research associate working with Professor Suzanne Skevington. Research interests include:
- Quality of life and illness perceptions in cancer patients
- Health inequalities and quality of life
- The use of quality of life information to evaluate interventions for people with chronic illness and/or disabilities
- Health-related stigmatisation
Dr Susan Speer: Senior Lecturer in Psychology
Susan is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the School of Psychological Sciences. She spent the 2005-06 academic year as a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Sociology at The University of California at Los Angeles (funded by an ESRC-SSRC Collaborative Visiting Fellowship) where she received extensive training in Conversation Analysis.
From Dec 2010-Feb 2011, she returned to UCLA as a Visiting Scholar in the Center for Language Interaction and Culture (CLIC).
Professor Chris Todd: Professor of Primary Care and Community Health/Director of Research
Chris is Professor of Primary Care and Community Health at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester..
Chris read Psychology at the University of Durham where he obtained a BA, an MA and a PhD. From Durham he went to University of Ulster as a postdoc in applied health research and then to the University of Cambridge, where he became director of the Health Services Research Group at the Institute of Public Health. He moved to his chair in Manchester in 2001.
Chris's research interests cover two cognate areas:
- cancer, supportive and palliative care
- promotion of active ageing and prevention of falls amongst older people, and a general theme of methodological development
Chris has held and/or currently holds grants from the Department of Health, NHS, research charities, MRC, EPSRC, NIHR and the EC. He reviews for a wide range of research committees and charities both in UK and overseas and currently sits on a number of funding committees including the NIHR HSDR Board.
Dr Fiona Ulph: Senior Lecturer in Qualitative Methods
Fiona is a chartered Health Psychologist, Lecturer in qualitative methods (School of Psychological Sciences, University of Manchester) and Senior Advisor in qualitative methods for the UK NIHR North West Research Design Service. Her research interests are in the following areas:
- communication of newborn screening information
- familial communication regarding genetics
- communication between the triad of health professionals, parents and children
- children's understanding of, and ability to actively participate in, healthcare (specifically genetics) and their information needs to do so.
She has recently been awarded a number of grants to examine communication about newborn screening. She is an invited Advisor on the review of international guidelines assessing quality in qualitative research.
Professor Alison Wearden*: Professor of Health Psychology
Alison is a Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Manchester and an HCPC registered Health Psychologist whose work focuses mainly on understanding and managing long-term health conditions. She has experience of training non-psychologists to deliver psychological therapies, and has carried out two randomised controlled trials of treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome.
A second major area of research interest is in improving the health of people with serious mental health problems. Generally, her research is informed by an interest in how patients', family members' and health care professionals' models of illness impact on coping with long-term health conditions and guide management decisions.
Victoria Woof: Research Assistant
Vicky completed a MSc in Research Methods and the University of Manchester and is now working with Professor David French and Dr Fiona Ulph on the PROCAS 2 project (predicting risk of breast cancer at screening).
Isabel Adeyemi: PhD student
Isabel is a PhD student based in the Division of Psychology and Mental Health.
Her PhD is funded by NIHR CLAHRC Greater Manchester and explores physical activity in people with depression and physical health conditions.
She is supervised by Professor Chris Armitage, Dr Sarah Knowles and Dr Peter Coventry.
Khalood Rashid Al abri: PhD student
Khalood is a PhD student based in the Division of Psychology and Mental Health.
Khalood's PhD is to examine the risk factors of post partum depression among Omani women.
Khalood is supervised by Prof Chris Armitage and Dr Dawn Edge.
Maha Al-Subhi: PhD student
Maha is a PhD student based in the Division of Psychology and Mental Health.
Maha is funded by King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Her PhD is to investigate the experience of growth and weight management among refugee families with young children after their resettlement in the UK.
She is supervised by Dr Sarah Peters, Dr Joanna Goldthorpe and Dr Tracy Epton.
Jack Benton: PhD student
Jack is a PhD student in the Division of Psychology and Mental Health.
Jack's PhD is funded by the ESRC and is partnered with Manchester City Council. His project is looking at the effects of the environment on physical activity and wellbeing. His research aims to develop a theoretical framework on the causal mechanisms underlying the relationship between urban greenspace and physical activity and wellbeing. Jack is also developing a novel observation tool for measuring physical activity and wellbeing in small scall urban greenspace such as pocket parks, tree lined streets, and waterways. This theoretical understanding and new observation tool will be applied in a natural experiment.
Jack is supervised by Prof David French, Dr Jamie Anderson and Dr Sarah Cotterill.
Kelly Birtwell: PhD student
Kelly is a PhD student based in the School of Health Sciences.
Kelly is developing a low intensity mindfulness intervention to reduce stress in people with long term conditions.
She is supervised by Professor Chris Armitage.
Daisy Clarke: PhD student
Daisy is a PhD student funded by NIHR CLAHRC.
Daisy's PhD is looking at patient exeperience of apraxia in the context of stroke.
Daisy is supervised by Prof Audrey Bowen, Dr Andy Vail and Dr Sarah Peters.
Nia Coupe: PhD student
Nia is a PhD student based in the Division of Psychology & Mental Health.
Rachel Crone: PhD student
Rachel is a PhD student based in the Division of Psychology and mental health.
Her research is funded by the ESRC and involves how interpersonal dynamics and the quality of relationships with others can affect how people cope with and respond to multidisciplinary treatment for chronic pain. Rachel also works as an honorary assistant psychologist in the pain management department at the Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool. .
Rachel is supervised by Dr Richard Brown, Professor Alison Wearden and Dr Hannah Twiddy.
Amy Degnan: PhD student
Amy is a PhD student based in the Division of Psychology & Mental Health.
Amy is investigating the relationships between social networks, illness beliefs, discrimination, stigma and engagement in African and Caribbean people with psychosis.
Amy is supervised by Dr Dawn Edge, Dr Katherine Berry, Prof Nick Crossley and Prof Kathryn Abel.
- View Amy Degnan: profile
Noor Afzarini Hasnita Ismail: PhD student
Af is a PhD student based in the Division of Human Communication, Development & Hearing.
Af's PhD is about understanding audiologists' behaviours during a hearing aid consultation with adult patients.
Af is supervised by Dr Piers Dawes, Prof Chris Armitage and Prof Kevin Munro.
Jessica Leather: PhD student
Jess is a PhD student based in the Division of Psychology and Mental Health.
Jess is funded by the NIHR Greater Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre. The research involves developing a tool to reduce suicidal ideation and behaviour for people who may be at risk for self-harm and/ or suicide but who have not necessarily been admitted to hospital.
She is supervised by Prof Chris Armitage, Prof Stephen Campbell and Prof Nav Kapur.
Hannah Long: PhD student
Hannah is a PhD student iin the Division of Psychology and Mental Health.
Hannah's PhD is funded by the Manchester Biomedical Research Centre and is about the psychological impact of false-positive test results in the NHS Breast Cancer Screening Programme. Her research aims to better understand how these results affect prolonged cancer worry and attendance at future screening appointments. This understanding will be used to develop an appropriate intervention for women who receive such screening test results, which is likely to focus on reducing distress or increasing the likelihood of uptake of future screening rounds.
Hannah is supervised by Prof David French, Dr Jo Brooks, Dr Michelle Harvie and Dr Anthony Maxwell.
Michael Loughran: PhD student
Michael is a PhD student based in the Division of Psychology & Mental Health.
Michael's PhD is funded by the Manchester Biomedical Research Centre and it is aimed at designing and testing a behavioural intervention to minimise recreational noise induced hearing loss at amplified events.
Micheal's PhD is supervised by Prof Chris Armitage and Prof Chris Plack.
Stephanie Lyons: PhD student
Steph is a PhD student based in the Division of Psychology & Mental Health.
Steph's research is about understanding how to support breastfeeding behaviour in women with a BMI ≥30kg/m2.
Steph is supervised by Dr Debbie Smith, Dr Sinead Currie and Prof Dame Tina Lavender.
Laura McGowan: PhD student
Laura is a PhD student based in the Division of Psychology & Mental Health.
Laura is developing an intervention to reduce sedentary behaviour in older adults.
She is supervised by Professor David French and Dr Rachael Powell.
Saul McLeod: PhD student
Saul is a PhD student based in the Division of Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology.
Saul's PhD is looking at the relationship between adult attachment and social support in new parents.
He is supervised by Dr Katherine Berry and Professor Alison Wearden.
- View Saul McLeod: profile
Currie Moore: PhD student
Currie is a PhD student based in the Division of Psychology & Mental Health.
Currie's PhD is to explore determinants of quality of life in dialysis patients and their caregivers.
Currie is supervised by Prof Suzanne Skevington, Prof Alison Wearden and Dr Sandip Mitra.
Lauren Rockliffe: PhD student
Lauren is a PhD student based in the Division of Psychology and Mental Health.
Lauren's PhD is funded by the MRC and is focused on developing a theoretical model of 'teachable moments' to support lifestyle behaviour change during pregnancy.
She is supervised by Dr Sarah Peters, Dr Debbie Smith and Professor Alexander Heazell.
Chelsea Sawyer: PhD student
Chelsea is a PhD student based in the Division of Human Communication, Development & Hearing.
Chelsea is investigating the use of health behavioural change approaches to predict and encourage hearing aid adherence in adults.
Chelsea is supervised by Dr Piers Dawes, Prof Chris Armitage and Prof Kevin Munro.
Alexandros Voika: PhD student
Alexandros is a PhD student based in the Division of Psychology and Mental Health.
His PhD is a collaboration between the University of Manchester and the A*STAR Academy in Singapore. It is funded by the A*STAR Academy in Singapore. The research is to develop an evidence based smartphone app to manage stress.
He is supervised by Prof Chris Armitage, Dr Samual Gan (in Singapore) and Dr Tracy Epton.
Wai Kan: Administrative Assistant
Wai is an administrative assistant based in the Division of Psychology and Mental Health.
She is also the Personal Assistant to Professors Chris Armitage and David French.
Clare Hamnett: Administrator
Clare is an administrator based in the Division of Psychology & Mental Health.
She is also the Personal Assistant to Professors Alison Wearden & Suzanne Skevington.
*Practitioner Health Psychologists are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council