Dr Tracy Finch
Senior Lecturer in Psychology of Health Care

  • Email: tracy.finch@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7257
  • Address: Dr Tracy Finch
    Senior Lecturer
    Institute of Health & Society
    Newcastle University
    Baddiley-Clark Building
    Richardson Road
    Newcastle Upon Tyne
    NE2 4AX


I am a research psychologist, drawing on both psychological and sociological approaches to understanding health care practices and organisation. I lead a programme of research on understanding the social and organisational aspects that affect the normalisation of complex interventions in health care, and am co-developer of Normalization Process Theory. As a member of the Decision Making and Organisation of Care (DMOC) Research Theme, my work involves bringing social science perspectives and qualitative methodological expertise to clinical research and teaching.

Roles and responsibilities:

·         FMS Ethics Committee

·         IHS Teaching and Learning Committee

·         Newcastle Health Psychology Group


1999 PhD (Psychology). Deakin University (Geelong, Australia). Thesis title: ‘Risk perception, risk communication and message framing: Breast cancer and family history’.

1995 B.A. Honours (Psychology). Deakin University (Geelong, Australia). Thesis titled ‘Optimistic Bias in Beliefs about Smoking’.

1994 B.A. (Social Science), Deakin University.


Research Interests

My research interests include understanding the social and psychological aspects of the design, organisation, implementation, use, evaluation and normalisation of new technologies of health care. This includes emphasis on understanding how to best assess multiple user perspectives about the impact of new technologies on the conduct and experience of the different kinds of work that new technologies entail. Instrumental to this, is my ongoing work on developing and testing Normalization Process Theory (NPT) and I am currently leading a major ESRC grant to develop process and outcome measures for assessing implementation processes concerning new healthcare interventions.

My research profile consists of a range of studies that address these issues in relation to both technology-related (eg. telemedicine, telehealth, telecare and e-health) and non-technology related interventions (eg. CBT for Fear of Falling).

Postgraduate Supervision

Previous doctoral supervision: 

  • 2010 Ben Heaven PhD, Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University

Current doctoral supervision: 

  • Lorraine Cowley, PEALS, Newcastle University
  • John Steer, ICM, Newcastle University
  • Katherine Jackson, IHS, Newcastle University
  • Sara McCafferty, IHS, Newcastle University
  • Teresa Kelly, ICM/IHS, Newcastle University
  • Iain McKinnon, ION, Newcastle University

Current Research Funding

ESRC Standard Grant. Improving the normalisation of complex interventions: Developing quantitative measures for users based on Normalisation Process Theory. Tracy Finch (PI), Carl May, Tim Rapley, Frances Mair, Elizabeth Murray, Shaun Treweek, Ian Nicholas Steen, Elaine McColl. 2012-15.

Technology Strategy Board (TSB) & ESRC. Designing Scalable Assistive Technologies and Services for Independent Healthy Living and Sustainable Market Development in the Mixed Digital Economy.  With Feng Li (PI). 2011- 14.

NIHR Health Technology Assessment. Cognitive behavioural therapy-based intervention to reduce fear of falling in older fallers attending a community falls service: Therapy development and randomised controlled trial. Lead for ethnographic sub-study. Steve Parry (PI). 2012-15.

NIHR Doctoral Fellowship: Optimising baby to breast attachment (OBBA): a mixed methods study. Fellow: Dr Ms Teresa Kelly. Commenced 2011.

NIHR Doctoral Fellowship: Health Morbidity and Screening in Custody. Fellow: Dr Iain McKinnon. Commenced 2011.

NIHR Doctoral Fellowship: Women, Stress and Alcohol. Fellow: Mrs Katherine Jackson. Commenced 2010.

Cancer UK PhD Training Fellowship: Living with Hereditary non Polyposis Colon Cancer (HNPCC): A ten-year retrospective examination of the experiences of a large North of England Family. Fellow: Mrs Lorraine Cowley (co-supervisor).



Undergraduate teaching:

  • Healthcare Organisation and Practice for Bioscience (Module leader, undergraduate module within the School of Biomedical Sciences)

Postgraduate teaching:

 MSc in Public Health and Health Services Research:

  • Session contributor to modules: Intro to Qualitative Research; Health & Society
  • I regularly supervise MSc student dissertation projects