Dr Emma Brown, Lecturer

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

  • Mental Health (Level 4)
  • Research Methods (Levels 4 & 5)
  • Individual Differences and Work Behaviour (Level 5)
  • Topics in Physical and Mental Health (Level 5)
  • Clinical and Counselling Psychology (Level 6)
  • Health Psychology (Level 6)
  • Academic Advisor (Level 4 or 5)
  • Final Year Project Supervisor (Level 6)

Research Interests

Emma's current research interests lie in digital and connected health, and self-management approaches to changing unhealthy behaviours.

Emma is currently leading numerous research studies looking to investigate the use and acceptability of smart speakers and their applicability for health, due to their general affordability and scope. This includes collaboration across Leeds and Manchester.

Following her completed research projects, Emma is currently writing a report on “Incentives in Smoking Cessation” for the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training, which is the provider of research and training to all smoking cessation practitioners in England. She has also completed work recently on a consultancy basis with the University of Manchester and Public Health Wales to develop some training materials on the correct delivery of smoking cessation related behaviour change techniques for practitioners.

Dr Emma Brown, Lecturer

Ask Me About

  1. Health
  2. Prison

Selected Outputs

  • Brown EM; Smith DM; Armitage CJ (2019) Self-Incentives Uniquely Boost Cessation in Community-Based Stop Smoking Programs: Randomized Controlled Trial. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 53 (5), pp. 442-452.


  • Dugdale S; Ward J; Elison-Davies S; Davies G; Brown E (2018) Breaking Free from Smoking: A Novel Digital Smoking Cessation Intervention for Offenders in UK Prisons. Journal of Smoking Cessation, 13 (4), pp. 189-200.


  • Brown EM; Smith DM; Epton T; Armitage CJ (2018) Do Self-Incentives and Self-Rewards Change Behavior? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Behavior Therapy, 49 (1), pp. 113-123.