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Professor Lucy Yardley

Professor Lucy Yardley

Professor Lucy Yardley
MSc(Soton.), PhD(Soton.)

Professor

Area of research

Digital health

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Summary

I have an international reputation for developing and trialing health behaviour change and self-management interventions (especially web-based), mixed methods and qualitative research in psychology, and have published research leading behavioural interventions, clinical trials, epidemiological surveys, questionnaire development and attitude measurement, experimental neuroscience studies and qualitative research. My expertise in a very wide range of sub-disciplines and methods has resulted in first, second or senior authored publications in leading journals, that include: medicine (Lancet, British Medical Journal, Annals of Internal Medicine, Psychosomatic Medicine), public and applied health (American Journal of Public Health, Preventive Medicine, Journal of Medical Internet Research, International Journal of Nutrition and Physical Activity, Implementation Science), behavioural and social science applied to health (Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Social Science and Medicine, Psychology and Health), and neuroscience (Brain, Neuropsychologia).

My principal current research focus is on using the internet to support self-management of health. In 2008 I pioneered the ESRC-funded development of the unique ‘LifeGuide’ open source software for developing web-based intervention (www.lifeguideonline.org), and subsequently led the EPSRC-funded ‘UBhave’ programme to develop software for creating interventions for mobile phones (the ‘LifeGuide Toolbox’). My current research programme addresses how to maximise engagement with digital interventions, using the ‘person-based approach’ to intervention development, and how best to integrate digital support for self-management of health with existing health promotion and healthcare services.

In total, I have nearly 500 publications (Google Scholar), resulting in over 20,000 citations and an h index of 70.  I have been principal investigator on grants totaling over £10 million from ESRC, EPSRC, Wellcome, NIHR and other sources, and  have been co-investigator on grants totaling well over £60 million (funding bodies include MRC, ESRC, EC, NIHR, HTA, Wellcome Trust, other medical charities). I have collaborated on published papers with numerous international colleagues, including as work-package leader on three EC-funded research projects, and published collaborations with researchers in the US (e.g. Harvard University, NorthWestern University, University of California) and Europe (e.g. Heidelberg University, Maastricht University).

I am an NIHR Senior Investigator and an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and have been editor-in chief of Psychology and Health (official journal for the European Health Psychology Society), associate editor for the British Journal of Health Psychology and consulting editor for the journals Social Theory and Health, and Health (both international multidisciplinary journals). I have served on numerous funding bodies, including the NIHR Public Health Research panel, the NIHR Panel for evaluation of Applied Programme Grants, various MRC panels for specific calls, the CRUK Population and Behavioural Sciences Funding Committee, MRC and ESRC College of Experts, and the Expert Panel for Department of Health National Co-ordinating Centre for Research Capacity Development.  I was a core member of the NICE Public Health committee A (2013 to 2016), and have acted as consultant to the Department of Health (e.g. NHS Choices Advisory Panel, NHS LifeCheck) and served on the UK Scientific Pandemic Influenza Advisory Committee and the Longitude Prize Advisory Panel (Antibiotics). I have also led MSc and PhD programmes in Health Psychology, served as Head of the School of Psychology for 3 years, supervised over 20 PhD students, and am currently Co-Director of the Centre for Applications of Health Psychology.

Biography

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 www.lifeguideonline.org) 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.

I am an NIHR Senior Investigator and 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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