Prof Lucie Byrne-Davis BSc(Hons) MSc PhD CPsychol PFHEA FEHPS

Professor of Health Psychology

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I am a professor of Health Psychology at the University of Manchester and an HCPC registered Health Psychologist. My research and practice are about translating health psychology to support behaviour change, with a focus on health worker behaviours. I am responsible for the behavioural and social sciences education of the undergraduate medical students at University  of Manchester. I hold a Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellowship of the European Health Psychology Society, where I am Chair of the UN committee. I am co-founder of The Change Exchange, a collaborative of health psychology professionals who work to understand, drive and evaluate behaviour change within health partnerships between U.K. and low and middle- income country health organisations. In response to Covid-19, I co-founded The Health Psychology Exchange, a collaborative of health psychology professionals volunteering and working to support public health, health and care during covid. I have co-created translational behavioural science materials, such as The Cards for Change, which help people to learn about and use behaviour change techniques in their training or conversations. I supervise research in both undergraduate and postgraduate students.  I tweet as myself (@luciebd) and as The Change Exchange and The Health Psychology Exchange.  My elearning (11 modules) at is about behaviour change applied to health professionals and, in 2018, it was accessed by over 2000 people, in 90 countries across 5 continents. 


Born and brought up in Wirral, I lived much of my adult life in Bristol before moving back to Wirral in 2007.  I have worked in healthcare settings, conducting research with patient groups in assessment and psychological therapies.  I research behavioural science applied to health professional education and in particular I am interested in how education and training changes practice and how it can be enhanced to make practice change more likely.  I work globally to coproduce applied research findings which are immediately useful to my collaborators.  I am married with four children, a dog called River and a cat called Yoda.


BSc(Hons) Psychology University of Birmingham

MSc Health Psychology University of Bath

PhD Health Psychology University of Bristol

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Full member of the Division of Health Psychology, British Psychological Society

HCPC registered Health Psychologist

Workforce Council member Psychological Professions Network, Health Education England

Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Fellow of the European Health Psychology Society

Trustee for Medical Aid Films


External positions

Honorary Advisor, ALSG (Advanced Life Support Group)

2018 → …

Quality Tutor, Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research

2018 → …

Honorary Advisor, The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain & Ireland

2018 → …

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms


  • psychology, behavioural science, behaviour change, professional practice, medical education

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