UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


Professor Susan Michie

Professor of Health Psychology
Tel: 020 7679 5930 (45930)
Email: s.michie@ucl.ac.uk
Profile: UCL IRIS profile
Twitter: @SusanMichie

Susan Michie, FMedSci, FAcSS is Professor of Health Psychology, Director of the Centre for Behaviour Change at University College London (www.ucl.ac.uk/behaviour-change) and Co-Director of the Behavioural Sciences Policy Research Unit for England and Wales.

Professor Michie studied Experimental Psychology as an undergraduate and Developmental Psychology for her doctorate at the University of Oxford. She studied for her Masters in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, London University. She is a chartered clinical and health psychologist and elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, the Academy of Medical 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.

Professor Michie’s research is interdisciplinary, collaborating with a wide range of disciplines, practitioners and policy-makers and funded by a large number of organisations including the Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Council, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council, National Institute of Health Research, and Cancer Research UK.

Her research focuses on behaviour change in relation to health: how to understand it theoretically and apply theory to intervention development, evaluation and implementation. She has developed innovative methods for characterising and reporting interventions and for synthesising evidence about the effectiveness of complex interventions, working across disciplines such as information science, environmental science, computer science and medicine.

Her research covers population, organisational and individual level interventions, including digital interventions. She has served as an expert advisor to the UK Department of Health and as an organisational consultant to health service organisations, is Chair of the UK Food Standard Agency’s Social Sciences Advisory Committee and chaired the Academy of Social Science’s ‘Health of People’ project.

Current editorial responsibilities include Associate Editor of Annals of Behavioral Medicine. She has published >500 peer-reviewed journal articles and holds >25 research grants.

Two collaborative interdisciplinary projects are the Human Behavior Change Project (www.humanbehaviourchange.org) and Complex Systems for Sustainability and Health www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/environmental-design/research/research-projects/cussh. She leads UCL’s membership of NIHR’s School for Public Health Research and the behavioural science theme in NIHR’s Health Protection Research Unit.  

For other projects, see Health Psychology Research Group.