Dr Fiona Fylan, Reader

Dr Fiona Fylan


Fiona is a Health Psychologist who applies behavioural sciences to better understand behaviour and to develop and evaluate interventions to change behaviour. She works in areas such as energy use, transport choices, road user behaviour and healthcare provision.

Fiona leads the Sustainable Behaviour team within the Leeds Sustainability Institute. This explores a wide range of behaviours that encourage healthy people and places. Examples include:

  • Understanding how people respond to initiatives to change the energy they use such as retrofitting energy efficiency measures to their homes and switching their domestic fuel from natural gas to hydrogen. The insight gained can be applied to develop communication resources that enable people to make informed choices about their energy, and to avoid misperceptions and misunderstandings that could lead people rejecting new processes and technologies.
  • Developing interventions to encourage safer and more sustainable road user behaviour, e.g. to increase active travel, to reduce aggressive or inconsiderate driving, to reduce air pollution by reducing short car journeys.
  • Identifying why interventions to change behaviour are unsuccessful, and what can be done to improve them. For example why people do not follow advice to reduce damp in their homes, and how the advice needs to change so that people understand, support, and follow it.
  • Understanding how to change the physical or social environment to increase the uptake of health-promoting opportunities, such as cycling and walking, attending for screening tests, and increasing individual and system resilience.

Current Teaching

  • Research methods

Research Interests

Fiona leads the social sciences research on public perceptions of hydrogen as a domestic fuel. This is currently informing the UK's strategy on domestic energy use and climate change.

Fiona is also the lead academic of the team of psychologists that develops road user behaviour change courses for UK police forces. Each year, over 1.5 million road users attend these world-leading, award-winning courses and Fiona ensures they apply the most appropriate techniques to achieve sustainable behaviour change.

Dr Fiona Fylan, Reader

Selected Outputs

  • Thomas F; Fylan F; David G; Gorse C (2017) Developing a taxonomy for discontinuities in internal wall insulation. In: International Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society (SEEDS) Conference 2017, 13 September 2017 - 14 September 2017, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds. Leeds: Leeds Beckett Univeristy.


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  • DEIGHTON-SMITH N; FAWKNER H; MARKS G; FYLAN F (2010) Thematic analysis of pregnancy and postpartum messages regarding body image and exercise in popular UK newspapers and women's magazines. In: Appearance Matters 4, Centre for Appearance Research in Bristol.

  • Fylan F; Glew D (2021) Barriers to domestic retrofit quality: Are failures in retrofit standards a failure of retrofit standards?. Indoor and Built Environment, pp. 1420326X2110271-1420326X2110271.


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  • Fylan F; Fylan B (2021) Co-creating social licence for sharing health and care data. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 149


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  • Bentley SA; Black A; Khawaja N; Fylan F; Griffiths AM; Wood JM (2021) The mental health and wellbeing survey of Australian optometrists. Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics


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  • Webber KJ; Fylan F; Wood JM; Elliott DB (2020) Experiences following cataract surgery – patient perspectives. Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics


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  • Fylan F; King M; Brough D; Black AA; King N; Bentley LA; Wood JM (2020) Increasing conspicuity on night-time roads : Perspectives from cyclists and runners. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 68 pp. 161-170.


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  • Fylan F; Caveney L; Cartwright A; Fylan B (2018) Making it work for me: beliefs about making a personal health record relevant and useable. BMC Health Serv Res, 18


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  • Fylan F; Hughes A; Wood JM; Elliott DB (2018) Why do people drive when they can't see clearly?. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 56 pp. 123-133.


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  • Wilson A; Fylan F; Gough B (2018) Marginalisation of men in family planning texts: An analysis of training manuals. Health Education Journal


  • Fylan F; Caveney L (2018) Young people's motivations to drive: expectations and realities. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 52 pp. 32-39.


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  • Fylan F; Glew D; Smith M; Johnston D; Brooke-Peat M; Miles-Shenton D; Fletcher M; Aloise-Young P; Gorse C (2016) Reflections on retrofits: Overcoming barriers to energy efficiency among the fuel poor in the United Kingdom. Energy Research and Social Science, 21 pp. 190-198.


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  • Malinowski J; Fylan F; Horton CL (2014) Experiencing "Continuity": A Qualitative Investigation of Waking Life in Dreams. DREAMING, 24 (3), pp. 161-175.


  • Fylan F; Stradling S (2014) Behavioural Change Techniques used in road safety interventions for young people. European Review of Applied Psychology, 64 (3), pp. 123-129.


  • CROSS R; MILNES K; RICKETT B; FYLAN F (2011) Risking a Stigmatised Identity: A discourse analysis of young women’s talk about health and risk. Qualitative Methods in Psychology, 12 pp. 22-29.


  • CROSS R; MILNES K; RICKETT B; FYLAN F (2010) 'Taking a risk is feeling free': Risk in young women's accounts of health and health practices - implications for public health and health promotion. BPS Qualitative Methods in Psychology Bulletin

  • Brealey S; Andronis L; Dennis L; Atwell C; Bryan S; Coulton S; Cox H; Cross B; Fylan F; Garratt A (2010) Participants' preference for type of leaflet used to feed back the results of a randomised trial: a survey. Trials, 11 pp. 116.


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  • BREALEY SD; ATWELL C; BRYAN S; COULTON S; COX H; CROSS B; FYLAN F (2010) Participants' preference for type of leaflet used to feed back the results of a randomised trial: a survey. , 11 pp. 116.

  • DAMASK (Direct Access to Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Assessment for Suspect Knees) Trial Team (2008) Effectiveness of GP access to magnetic resonance imaging of the knee: a randomised trial. British Journal of General Practice, 58 (556), pp. e1-e8.


  • Wilson B; Bekker HL; Fylan F (2008) Reporting of Clinical Adverse Events Scale: a measure of doctor and nurse attitudes to adverse event reporting. Qual Saf Health Care, 17 (5), pp. 364-367.


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  • BREALEY S; ALTWELL A; BRYAN S; COULTON S; COX H; CROSS B; FYLAN F (2008) Effectiveness of GP access to magnetic resonance imaging of the knee: a randomised trial. , 58 (556), pp. e1-e9.

  • Andronis L; Atwell C; Brealey S; Bryan S; Collins S; Cox H; Cross B; Coulton S; Fylan F; Garratt A (2008) Cost-effectiveness of magnetic resonance imaging of the knee for patients presenting in primary care. British Journal of General Practice, 58 (556), pp. 775-778.


  • Brealey SD; Atwell C; Bryan S; Coulton S; Cox H; Cross B; Fylan F; Garratt A; Gilbert FJ; Gillan MGC (2007) Improving response rates using a monetary incentive for patient completion of questionnaires: an observational study. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 7 (1),


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  • Brealey SD; Atwell C; Bryan S; Coulton S; Cox H; Cross B; Fylan F; Garratt A; Gilbert FJ; Gillan MGC (2007) Using postal randomization to replace telephone randomization had no significant effect on recruitment of patients. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 60 (10), pp. 1046-1051.


  • Fisher B; Dowding D; Pickett KE; Fylan F (2007) Health promotion at NHS breast cancer screening clinics in the UK. Health Promotion International, 22 (2), pp. 137-145.


  • Brealey SD; Atwell C; Bryan S; Coulton S; Cox H; Cross B; Fylan F (2007) Influence of magnetic resonance imaging of the knee on GPs' decisions: a randomised trial. The British Journal of General Practice, 57 (541), pp. 622-629.


  • Brealey SD; Atwell C; Bryan S; Coulton S; Cox H; Cross B; Fylan F; Garratt A; Gilbert FJ; Gillan MGC (2006) The DAMASK trial protocol: a pragmatic randomised trial to evaluate whether GPs should have direct access to MRI for patients with suspected internal derangement of the knee. BMC Health Services Research, 6 (1),


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  • Fylan F; Grunfeld EA (2005) Visual illusions? Beliefs and behaviours of presbyope clients in optometric practice. Patient Education and Counseling, 56 (3), pp. 291-295.


  • Fylan F; Grunfeld EA; Turvey A; Desallais J (2005) Four different types of client attitudes towards purchasing spectacles in optometric practice. Health Expectations, 8 (1), pp. 18-25.


  • Fylan F; Grunfeld EA; Desallais J; Turvey AL (2005) Presbyope clients’ information requirements and purchasing preferences for spectacles. Health Expectations, 8 pp. 15-18.

  • Fylan F; Morrison-Fokken A; Grunfeld EA (2005) Focus-QoL: Measuring quality of life in low vision. International Congress Series, 1282 pp. 549-553.


  • Fylan F; Grunfeld EA (2002) Information within optometric practice: comprehension, preferences and implications. Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, 22 (4), pp. 333-340.


  • Fylan F (2002) A self-regulatory perspective on presbyopia. Optometry in Practice, 3 pp. 1-7.


  • Fylan F; Thomson M; Georgiou A (2001) MEG and EEG responses evoked by changes in natural-image structure. NEUROIMAGE, 13 (6), pp. S881-S881.


  • Fylan F; Harding GF; Edson AS; Webb RM (1999) Mechanisms of video-game epilepsy. Epilepsia, 4 pp. 28-30.

  • Fylan F; Edson AS; Harding GF (1999) Clinical significance of EEG abnormalities during photic stimulation in patients with photosensitive epilepsy. Epilepsia, pp. 370-373.

  • Fylan F (1998) Screening for cervical cancer: a review of women’s attitudes, knowledge and behaviours. The British Journal of General Practice, 48 (433), pp. 1509-1514.


  • Fylan F (2005) Semi-structured interviewing techniques. In: Miles JE; Gilbert PE ed. A Handbook of Research Methods For Clinical And Health Psychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press,