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Susan Michie



Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 5930

My research focuses on the design, delivery, uptake and impact of behaviour change interventions at individual, organisational and societal levels. It addresses both professional practice (e.g. implementation of evidence-based guidelines, such as hand-hygiene among hospital staff) and health-related general population behaviours (e.g. smoking, physical activity, reducing infection transmission, preparing for pandemic flu).

Prof Susan Michie


1-19 Torrington Place


  • Professor of Health Psychology
    Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
    Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL


Susan Michie’s research is in health psychology and health services, focusing on the design, delivery, uptake and impact of behaviour change interventions. Her research investigating innovative methods for developing and evaluating behavioural interventions is conducted in two main health domains: professional practice (e.g., the implementation of evidence-based guidelines, such as hand-hygiene amongst hospital staff), and risk factors amongst the general population (e.g., smoking, physical activity, preparing for pandemic flu).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.


Award year Qualification Institution
1982 DPhil
Doctor of Philosophy
Developmental Psychology
University of Oxford
1978 M.Phil
Master of Philosophy
Clinical Psychology
University of London
1976 BA
Bachelor of Arts
Experimental Psychology
University of Oxford
Susan Michie is Professor of Health Psychology and Director of the Centre for Behaviour Change at UCL. Susan's research focuses on developing the science of behaviour change interventions and applying behavioural science to interventions. She works with a wide range of disciplines, practitioners and policy-makers and holds grants from a large number of organisations including the Wellcome Trust, National Institute of Health Research, Economic and Social Research Council and Cancer Research UK.

Susan 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. She is a chartered clinical and health psychologist, and elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, the European Health Psychology Society, the British Psychological Society and a Distinguished International Affiliate of the American Psychological Association.  

Case study

Change management: Adding rigour to behaviour change interventions