Institute of Health & Society

Health Psychology


The Health Psychology Research Group focuses on behavioural and psychological processes in health and healthcare.

The group's research includes work on methodology, theory and the development and evaluation of interventions, contributing to both scientific and practice agendas. We undertake research which aims to:

  • investigate the causes of behaviour relevant to health and health care
  • 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 the understanding of behaviour and the role that emotion and cognition play in 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, we support professional accreditation and we organise regular seminars to facilitate synergy between the members.


The following members of staff work within the Health Psychology group.

The group leader is Dr Falko Sniehotta.

Dr Vera Barbosa Araujo Soares Sniehotta
Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology


Dr Nicola O'Brien
Research Methodologist

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8915

Dr Kirby Sainsbury
Research Associate

Telephone: 01912088500

Professor Falko Sniehotta
Prof Behaviour Medicine & Health Psychol

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3815