Health Psychology

The Newcastle Health Psychology Research Group focuses on behavioural and psychological processes in health and health care. The group's research includes work on methodology, theory and the development and evaluation of interventions, contributing to both scientific and practice agendas. We are a research group at Newcastle`s Faculty of Medical Sciences, based at the Institute of Health and Society. We undertake research which aims to:

  • investigate the causes of behaviour relevant to health and health care
  • to develop scientific behavioural theory
  • develop scientific methods to understand, measure and modify behaviour, emotion and cognition
  • develop and evaluate complex (behavioural) interventions for health and health care
  • facilitate knowledge translation in health care

Our work focuses on understanding of behaviour, emotion and cognition using psychological science. Most of our work is conducted in interdisciplinary teams and covers primary, secondary and tertiary prevention as well as service delivery and health professional behaviours. We employ and invest in the further development of a range of quantitative and qualitative methods. Our programme involves collaborations nationally and internationally and we maintain close links to the Division of Health Psychology in the British Psychological Society, the European Health Psychology Society and the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine.

We are committed to providing excellent training opportunities for postgraduate students and early career researchers and we organise regular seminars to facilitate synergy between the members.

New Paper!

Our response to the call for a shift of focus and funding from individual-level approaches to population-level approaches to public health interventions

Lucia Rehackova

has been awarded a PhD degree! Lucia`s thesis consisted of mixed-method studies aiming to determine efficacy and acceptability of very low energy diets in people with Type 2 diabetes.

Samuel Ginja

has been awarded a PhD degree! Samuel`s PhD work included development and mixed methods feasibility testing of an intervention to promote active travel to school through an incentive scheme in Year 5 children.

Sebastian Pothoff

has successfully passed his Viva! Sebastian`s thesis focussed on "Making good quality care habitual: Exploring habit in healthcare professional behaviour"