Staff

Dr Vera Araujo-Soares

  • Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology,
  • Email:
  • Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 6083
  • Research Interests: Developing theoretically and evidence based interventions for behaviour change in order to reduce risk factors and enhance pain management, throughout the lifespan

Dr Bronia Arnott

  • Senior Research Associate,
  • Email:
  • Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 3804
  • I am interested in behaviour change, early interventions, active transport/travel/commuting, obesity, mental health,developmental perspective, children/young people, pregnancy/early years.

Dr Leah Avery

  • Senior Research Associate in Health Psychology,
  • Email:
  • Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 8264
  • Development, evaluation and integration of behaviour change interventions targeting healthcare professionals and people with or at risk of chronic disease

Dr Elizabeth Evans

Dr Tracy Finch

  • Senior Lecturer in Psychology of Health Care,
  • Email:
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7257
  • Research interests: Health technology uptake/maintenance; Implementation processes/theory; Normalization Process Theory; Assistive technology; Telehealthcare, e-health and m-health.

Dr Darren Flynn

  • Senior Research Associate,
  • Email:
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5415
  • Research interests: Shared decision making and risk communication; in particular in emergency care (acute stroke) and mental health consultations

Dr Emma L Giles

  • Research Associate
  • Email:
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 0191 208 4565
  • Research interests: multiple behaviour change; effectiveness & acceptability of financial incentive interventions; health & wellbeing; the life course; systematic reviews; qualitative methods.

Dr Katie Haighton (was Lock)

  • Lecturer in Public Health Research (Evaluation of Complex Interventions),
  • Email:
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4566
  • Research interests: Development/evaluation of complex interventions, particularly targeting different life course stages (children, young people, working professionals and older people.

Dr Susan Hrisos

  • Senior Research Associate,
  • Email:
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6774
  • Research Interests: Development and evaluation of behaviour change interventions targeting healthcare professionals and patients; Improving the delivery and safety of healthcare.

Dr Niina Kolehmainen

Prof Elaine McColl

  • Professor; Director, Newcastle Clinical Trials Unit,
  • Email:
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7260
  • Research interests: Clinical trial design; Quality of life assessment; Survey methods in health research; Chronic disease management; Primary care research.

Dr Suzanne McDonald

  • Specialist Advisor for the NIHR Research Design Service and Research Associate
  • Email:
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7361
  • Research interests: testing health behaviour change theories and interventions using N-of-1 methods; psychological and behavioural aspects associated with surgical interventions

Dr James Newham

Dr Nicki O'Brien

  • Research Methodologist
  • Email:
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8915
  • Research Interests: Testing theory and developing effective behaviour change interventions; physical activity and behaviour change as prevention in people with disabling conditions.

Dr Linda Penn

  • Research Associate
  • Email:
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3809
  • My research interests are in development and evaluation of complex interventions to promote and support healthy ageing, including prevention of type 2 diabetes and other long term conditions.

Dr Justin Presseau

  • Lecturer in Health Psychology
  • Email:
  • Telephone: +44(0) 191 208 5100
  • Interests: Multiple goal pursuit; multiple behaviour change; behavioural approaches to knowledge translation in healthcare; Developing, integrating and testing psychological theory

Dr Angela Rodrigues

Professor Falko F Sniehotta

  • Prof Behaviour Medicine & Health Psychol
  • Email:
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3815
  • Research interests: developing and testing a) theory of behaviour change and b) interventions to change behaviours relevant to health and health care.

Dr. Lucia Rehackova

  • Research Associate
  • Health Psychology Group
  • Email:
  • Telephone: 0191 208 8703
  • Research interests: Development and evaluation of behaviour change interventions; implementation research; systematic reviews; public health.

Anna Haste (was Sherrington)

  • Research Associate
  • Email:
  • Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 8892
  • Research interests: Weight management, Theories of behaviour change, Behaviour interventions.

Samuel Azevedo Ginja

  • Research Assistant
  • Email:
  • Research interests: Active school travel and physical activity promotion; behavior change and behaviour analysis; environment and sustainability

Dr Kirby Sainsbury

  • Research Associate
  • Email:
  • Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 8500
  • Development of weight management interventions, interventions to support sustained behaviour change, the role of emotions and emotion regulation difficulties as barriers to change.

Morven Brown

  • Research Associate
  • Email:
  • Telephone: +44 (0)191 282 1344
  • Psycho-oncology; psychosocial outcomes, late effects and health promotion in childhood, adolescent and young adult cancer; perceptions and experiences of health, illness and treatment