Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Dr Ellen Lynch

Research Associate



Ellen completed her PhD in 2015 and joined the SPARKS research team in the Institute of Health and Society. She initially worked on the SIPS junior trials, assessing the effectiveness of screening and brief intervention for alcohol use in adolescents attending emergency departments in England.

As well as working on a number of systematic reviews regarding the effectiveness of interventions for substance use and mental health Ellen is currently the research associate for the Preop BIRDS, project a feasibility study and pilot randomised controlled trial of brief behavioural interventions to reduce drinking before elective orthopaedic surgery.


2014 PhD, University of East Anglia

2010 MSc Child and Family Psychology, University of East Anglia

2009 BSc(hons) Psychology, University of Leeds


Research Interests

Behaviour change

Brief intervention

Alcohol use

Substance use

Social Psychology

Research Projects

Preop BIRDS: Preoperative Behavioural Intervention to reduce Drinking before elective orthopaedic Surgery

SIPS junior: Linked randomised controlled trials of face-to-face and electronic brief intervention methods to prevent alcohol related harm in young people aged 14-17 years presenting to Emergency Departments

PhD: The Social and Psychological Antecedents of Binge Drinking in a Student Population

MSc dissertation: Using an expanded Theory of Planned Behaviour to predict binge drinking in a student population

BSc dissertation: Applying an extended Theory of Planned Behaviour to investigate the role of alcohol in sexual decision making