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Dr Lou Atkins
1-19 Torrington Place
Tel: 020 7679 1977
Fax: 020 7916 8511
  • Research Associate
  • Clinical, Educational & Hlth Psychology
  • Div of Psychology & Language Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

I completed my PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry. For my doctoral thesis I investigated the psychological impact of motor neurone disease on patients and their spouse carers.

I have been responsible for the development and evaluation of interventions to promote awareness and early presentation in cancer. I have also developed instruments to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions in changing behaviour and modifying determinants of behaviour. I have collaborated on the development of an instrument to measure awareness and beliefs about cancer for use in an international population-based survey.

I have worked in health services research for over 12 years, managing single and multi-centre studies on a variety of scales. I have been involved in the design and selection of interview schedules and psychological measures to elicit patients’ experience of health care within a variety of contexts including cancer, motor neurone disease, dementia and addictive behaviour. I have extensive experience interviewing with patients, carers and health care professionals as part of projects aimed at policy formation and improving health care provision.

I have established research links on a local and national level. I have been an invited speaker at international meetings, presented at international level and received an award for best first-time presentation in 2005 from the British Psychosocial Oncology Society. I am a member of an international advisory group to a pan-European study of breast cancer treatment adherence and a national advisory group to a study of lesbian and bisexual women’s experience of breast cancer. I am a registered Chartered Psychologist.

Research Summary

I am a researcher in health psychology with a particular interest in behaviour change. I am involved in a number of projects focusing on the application of psychological theory to the development, evaluation and uptake of behaviour change interventions

Teaching Summary

BSc Psychology – level 2 health psychology (and health psychology module coordinator)
MSc Health Psychology

Guest lecturer
Imperial College London - MSc Health Policy
King’s College London - Advancing Colorectal Cancer Nursing Practice: Maximising Teamwork
University of Brighton - BA (Hons) Social Science (level 2)

Academic Background
2007 PhD Doctor of Philosophy Institute of Psychiatry
1997 MA Master of Arts University of Sussex
1995 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science (Honours) University of Central Lancashire
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