Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care





The Psychobiology research group is concerned with the pathways through which sociodemographic and psychosocial factors influence mental and physical disease processes. A major aim of the group is to understand how socioeconomic factors (e.g. social status), psychological states (e.g. depression, positive psychological wellbeing), and social factors (e.g. isolation, loneliness, and social and cultural engagement) 'get under the skin', and influence biological functions in health and disease. We have a particular interest in health at older ages, including long-term conditions such as diabetes and cognitive decline and dementia. A second theme is the investigation of lifestyle and patterns of health and social behaviours, and how behaviours interacts with biological processes to affect disease risk. Our research includes experimental studies focusing on neuro-endocrine and neuro-immune biomarkers, behaviour change interventions, clinical trials and implementation science studies, and secondary data analyses of cohort studies and electronic patient records.

Group members

Academic staff: Professor Andrew Steptoe, Dr Daisy Fancourt

Research staff: Dr Jessica Abell, Dr Olesya Ajnakina, Dr Louise Baxter, Dr Feifei Bu, Dr Dorina Cadar, Dr Giorgio di Gessa, Dr Karen Mak, Dr Lydia Poole, Vas James

PhD Students: Mifuyu Akasaki, Henry Aughterson, Chris Evans, Saoirse Finn, Philipp Frank, Eleonora Iob, Samantha Lawes, Laura Panagi, Keir Philip, Emma Walker


This group is led by Professor Andrew Steptoe (a.steptoe@ucl.ac.uk)


Ongoing Projects 

Current PhD Projects

Completed Projects 

Publications - Andrew Steptoe

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Publications - Daisy Fancourt

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