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ECN – Committee Members


Chris Keyworth

CHris KeyworthChris is a Research Associate at the Manchester Centre for Health Psychology, University of Manchester. His research focuses on healthcare professional-patient communication, applying evidence-based theory to understanding healthcare professional behaviour, and developing interventions to support professional practice. Chris has worked in a number of applied settings including primary care, health services research, and pharmacy.



ECN Committee Members


Ainslea Cross

AInslea Cross

Ainslea is a Co-Director for the online MSc Health Psychology at the University of Derby and the module leader for the research project and professional skills in health psychology modules. Her research interests include chronic conditions management (asthma and diabetes), brief behaviour change interventions, physical activity and dementia. Ainslea’s outreach work involves behaviour change support for young people to undertake physical activity during and after cancer (MOVE). Ainslea is currently a sub editor for Health Psychology Update and was a committee member for Midlands Health Psychology Network for eight years.



Sophia Strommer

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Sofia is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Medical Research Council at the University of Southampton. She is currently the scientific programme manager for Engaging Adolescents in Changing Behaviour (EACH-B), a complex intervention to support adolescent health through engagement in LifeLab at the Southampton General Hospital, teacher training, and a mobile app with game features. Her research interests are in motivational aspects of health behaviour change. Her current work focuses on adolescent health and how we might better align health agendas with adolescent values to foster autonomous forms of motivation and maximise engagement in health interventions.



Emma Brown


Emma is a Lecturer in Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University based within the Research Centre in Brain and Behaviour. She completed her PhD in 2017 (on the role of self-incentives in behaviour change) at the University of Manchester. Emma’s main research interests have continued in the smoking cessation theme, both exploring the content and related effectiveness of cessation support provided in Primary Care, and initial development of an intervention to increase nicotine replacement therapy adherence in pregnant women trying to quit smoking. Emma has interests in behaviour change, improvements to current practice (particularly smoking cessation), and health professional guidance/training.


Emma Norris

Emma Norris

Emma is a Research Associate at UCL on the Human Behaviour Change Project in the Centre for Behaviour Change. She completed her PhD in 2017 involving thedevelopment and testing of behaviour change interventions to integrate physical activity into primary school teaching. She is interested in using health psychology theory and principles to improve a broad range of public health issues, with specific interests in physical activity and technological interventions.




Grace McCutchan


Grace is a Research Associate in the Division of Population Medicine, Cardiff University. Her research focuses on socioeconomic inequalities in cancer outcomes, with a particular focus on lung cancer. Grace’s research interests include the psychosocial factors that may deter medical help seeking for cancer symptoms and how interventions can be used to engage socioeconomically deprived groups in early cancer detection.




Jan Smith


Since 2004, Jan has provided psychological input to clients and their families within charitable, public and private sectors. This has involved supporting clients with a range of difficulties, through individual therapy sessions, couples therapy, group therapy and supervision of colleagues within multi-disciplinary teams. Jan has a PhD in Health Psychology, which focussed on decision- making with pregnant women. She is coming to the end of her Clinical Doctorate in Health Psychology.  Jan is the Director of Healthy You Ltd, a health psychology and neuropsychology practice based in Huddersfield. Jan’s areas of clinical expertise lie broadly with supporting those following life- changing injuries (physical and/or traumatic brain injury), issues with psychological adjustment, pregnancy and women’s health issues, and weight management, using predominantly Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural approaches. Jan’s area’s of research include behaviour change, intervention design and evaluation, as well as exploring experiences related to maternal and women’s health. Jan has experience of conducting systematic/literature reviews and also various qualitative methodologies. She contributes to the Menopause Research Group at Sheffield Hallam University as well as the Menopause Café.


Mandy Sekhon


Mandy completed her PhD in Health Psychology at City University London.  The aim of her PhD was to define acceptability in the context of healthcareinterventions and to develop a Theoretical Framework of Acceptability (TFA) that can be applied to assess acceptability qualitatively and quantitatively from two stakeholder perspectives: healthcare professionals and patients. She is now a Research Associate at Kings College London working on a trial to assess the acceptability, fidelity and feasibility of a gait rehabilitation walking intervention delivered to patients with early onset rheumatoid arthritis.


UKSBM ECN alumni
Ellinor Olander City, University of London
Gareth Hollands Cambridge University
Kieran Ayling University of Nottingham
Claire Easthall University of Leeds
Anna Chisholm University of Liverpool
Ruth Baxter University of Leeds
Abigail Albutt University of Leeds
Laura Lamming University of Bradford
Rachel Carey University College London
Emma Davies Oxford Brooks University
Jake Crawshaw King’s College London

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