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Lucy Yardley

PhD, CPsychol

Professor of Health Psychology

  • Academic Research Lead, Psychology and Behaviour Change

I have a longstanding interest in empowering patients and people in the community to take control over their illness and treatment. Currently my main research focus is on using the internet to support self-management of health. My current programme of research (see addresses key questions such as how to maximise engagement with digital interventions and how best to integrate digital support for self-management of health with existing health promotion and healthcare services.

I am addressing these questions through the development and evaluation of numerous web-based healthcare interventions funded by over £50 million from the UK research councils, NIHR, medical charities and EC. These include interventions to support weight management, physical activity, reduction of infection transmission and antibiotic over-use, and self-management of numerous long-term health conditions (including cancer, hypertension, diabetes, back pain, asthma, cognitive decline and many other health problems). Through this work I have developed the ‘person-based’ approach to using mixed methods for intervention development, which has resulted in very effective interventions published in journals such as the Lancet, BMJ and Annals of Internal Medicine.

My professional roles have included Editor-in-Chief of Psychology & Health (journal of the European Society for Health Psychology), core member of the NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) public health committee A, and member of research funding panels for NIHR, MRC and medical charities. I have a continuing role at University of Southampton as Director of the LifeGuide Research Programme and the Behavioural Science theme of the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre.


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