Newcastle Health Psychology Group

The Health Psychology Research Group Newcastle upon Tyne 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

 (bottom row from left: Rashmi Bhardwaj, Anna Sherrington, Elizabeth Evans, Dominika Kwasnicka, Suzanne McDonald, Vera Araujo-Soares, Emma Giles, Katie Haighton,  Susan Hrisos, James NewhamLeah Avery; top row from left: Lucia Rehackova, Samuel Azevedo-Ginja, Darren Flynn, Sebastian PotthoffFalko Sniehotta, Susanna Mills, Nicola Heslehurst, Angela Rodrigues ; for staff and students not in photo please see: Health Psychology People pages.

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.


The Newcastle Health Psychology Group is committed to providing excellent training opportunities for postgraduate students and early career researchers and we organise regular seminars to facilitate synergy between the members.