Prof David French PhD CPsychol FEHPS

Chair in Health Psychology

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Professor of Health Psychology

MRC/ NIHR Complex Intervention Framework update (for third version of Framework), Scientific Advisory Group member and author (Nov 2017 – Sept 2021)

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, sub-panel 2: Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care, Panel Member in the assessment phase (2020 to 2022)

Member of several research funding panels, including, NIHR Public Health Research programme (2015-2019), MRC Methodology Research Programme (2014-2018), and NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (2009-2014)

British Journal of Health Psychology (official journal of British Psychological Society): Editor (Jan 2013-Dec 2017);




After studying at the Universities of Hull and Cardiff, David French worked as a research assistant at the University of Leicester, before completed his PhD at Guys, Kings and St Thomas Medical School, University of London in 1999. This was followed by a Wellcome Trust Training Fellowship in Health Services Research at the Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge.  He then worked as a Lecturer at the University of Birmingham and as Reader and then Professor at Coventry University.  In October 2012 he moved to the University of Manchester as Professor of Health Psychology.


B.Sc. (Honours) in Psychology (Hull) 2i 1990
M.Sc. in Applied (i.e. Occupational) Psychology (Wales) 1992
Ph.D. in Health Psychology (GKT School of Medicine, Kings College London) 1999


Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • Fellow of European Health Psychology Society
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • Full Member of the BPS Division of Health Psychology
  • Chartered Psychologist
  • Registered as a Health Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council
  • Member of the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine

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