Health Psychology

Susan Michie

Susan Michie

Susan Michie, BA, MPhil, DPhil, CPsychol, AcSS, FEHPsS, FBPsS is Professor of Health Psychology at University College London (UCL), and Director of its Centre for Behaviour Change and of the Health Psychology Research Group. She is also Co-Director of the BPS's Centre for Outcomes Research and Effectiveness and Co-Director of the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training.

Susan Michie is a chartered clinical and health psychologist, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS) and the British Psychological Society (BPS). She is Past President of the EHPS and Past Chair of the BPS's Division of Health Psychology.

Research: focuses on behaviour change in relation to health: how to understand it theoretically and apply theory to intervention development and evaluation, and to evidence synthesis. This is conducted in the domains of risky and preventive behaviours amongst the general population (e.g. smoking, alcohol use, preparing for pandemic flu), managing illness (e.g. medication adherence), and professional practice and implementation (e.g. hand-hygiene amongst hospital staff). Her work includes developing and evaluating digital interventions and investigating the fidelity of delivery of interventions. Her research develops methods to advance the study of behaviour change, including frameworks such as the Behaviour Change Wheel and the Theoretical Domains Framework, and specifying intervention content using taxonomies of behaviour change techniques (BCT Taxonomy v1). A method for linking BCTs to theory.is being developed, funded by the MRC.

Professor Michie holds more than 25 research grants and has published more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and two recent books, The Behaviour Change Wheel Guide to Designing Interventions and ABC of Behaviour Change Theories, both published in 2014.

Editorial responsibilities include Associate Editor of Annals of Behavioral Medicine and of Implementation Science.

Committee memberships include NICE's Implementation Strategy Group; the cross-Government Scientific Pandemic Influenza Advisory Committee; Public Health England’s Translation Steering Group and the joint Behavioural Insights Expert Advisory Group for PHE and the Department of Health.

Professor Michie studied Experimental Psychology at Oxford University, obtaining a BA in 1976, and a DPhil in Developmental Psychology in 1982. She studied Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, London University, obtaining an MPhil in 1978. Until 1989, Professor Michie worked as a clinical psychologist with children and families at the Royal Free Hospital, London, when she joined the Royal Free School of Medicine's Health Psychology Unit as a Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Health Psychology, working with Professor Marie Johnston. Her clinical service included organisational consultancy, developing staff training and individual work based in the Occupational Health and Safety Unit. Her research focused on occupational stress in health care staff and students in the areas of antenatal care and screening. In 1993, Professor Michie moved to King's College London to work in the Wellcome-funded Psychology and Genetics Research Group with Professor Theresa Marteau, where she studied the process and outcome of genetic counselling.

Professor Michie joined the Psychology Department of University College London (UCL) in 2002.

To view Professor Michie's full Curriculum Vitae (via UCL IRIS), click here.

Undergraduate Courses Taught: PSYC2206 (Health)

Postgraduate Courses Taught: Health Psychology MSc, DClinPsy (Health)