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About Dr Emma Brown

Emma is a chartered member of the British Psychological Society, and started in post as a Lecturer in Psychology at Leeds Beckett in August 2019. Emma teaches primarily in health psychology and research methods at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Emma is interested psychological intervention and behaviour change including: addiction, medication adherence, and health professional training and delivery, working with external collaborators to address these interests. Prior to this appointment, she completed a fixed-term lectureship in Health Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University, and a Senior Research Associate Position at the University of East Anglia identifying the content of smoking cessation advice delivered in primary care. Emma gained her PhD from the University of Manchester which explored "the role of self-incentives in behaviour change". Outside of academia, Emma has worked as a Research Manager for Breaking Free Online, as a Stop Smoking Practitioner for the NHS, and as a Research Assistant and Wellbeing Mentor within Health Promotion.

Current Teaching

  • Foundation Research Methods (Level 4)
  • Psychology and Mental Health (Level 4)
  • Final Year Projects (Level 6)
  • Applying Psychology (Level 7)
  • Dissertation (Level 7)

Research Interests

Emma's broader research interests include: assessing variations in health care delivered in both primary and secondary care; identifying the ways to improve the health care of prisoners; and developing, implementing, and evaluating brief health behaviour change interventions using novel approaches, particularly within addictive behaviours.

To date, Emma's research looking at the role and effectiveness of self-incentives in behaviour change has been added to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) database and this research is ongoing to identify and communicate the role and effectiveness of self-incentives for other behaviours and in other populations.

Selected Publications

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