Who we are
The Health Psychology Research Group (HPRG) comprises academic, research, teaching and administrative staff as well as postgraduate students. The group is led by Susan Michie, Professor of Health Psychology and Director of UCL's Centre for Behaviour Change.
What we do
The HPRG focuses on innovative methods for developing and evaluating interventions to reduce risk factors in the general population (e.g. reducing smoking and excessive alcohol use), to help manage illness (e.g Type 1 diabetes) and to support evidence-based practice.
Staff and students in the HPRG work across two main areas:
- Developing the science of behaviour change interventions
- Applying behavioural science to interventions
Funding for HPRG research comes from a wide range of organisations, including the Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council, the National Institute of Health Research, Public Health England, the Department of Health, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and Cancer Research UK.
Publications & Collaborations
In addition to academic publications, we support a wide range of translational activities, including the work of the cross-disciplinary UCL Centre for Behaviour Change (CBC), led by Susan Michie and Paul Chadwick (Deputy Director). The group also works closely with the UCL Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group.
HPRG members and collaborators have been involved in, and led, the publication of a number of books including The Behaviour Change Wheel Guide, ABC of Behaviour Change Theories and others also available from the CBC Bookshop.
Members of the HPRG contribute to the following UCL taught courses:
- MSc Speech and Language Sciences (PALS, UCL)
- MSc Health Psychology (Population Health Sciences, UCL)
- MSc Paediatrics and Child Health (Population Health Sciences, UCL
- MSc Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health (Medical Sciences, UCL)
In 2017/18 the MSc Behaviour Change, developed by the CBC, took in its first entry.