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Dr Lou Atkins
1-19 Torrington Place
Tel: 020 7679 1977
Fax: 020 7916 8511
  • UCL Senior Teaching Fellow
  • Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

I am a researcher, trainer and consultant in behaviour change intervention design and evaluation in health and environmental sustainability. I am a Senior Teaching Fellow of the Centre for Behaviour Change (University College London, UK) where I lead the teaching programme and of the Institute for Global Health where I develop short courses in behaviour change in a global health context. I am also a member of the Health Psychology Research Group at University College London. I am involved in a number of projects to: change health professional behaviour, such as reducing variation in adenoma detection rates in colonoscopy; prevent illness, for example reducing cardiovascular disease in people with severe mental illness; and manage illness, such as increasing physical activity in people with musculoskeletal disorders. I am also involved in projects to promote environmental sustainability including increasing recycling in organisations. I am a regular speaker at national and international scientific meetings and in UK Government departments including Department for Work and Pensions and The Treasury. 

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 am a registered Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Research Summary

I am a senior teaching fellow in behaviour change and global health. 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


Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

MSc Health Psychology

MSc Paediatrics and Child Health

BSc Psychology – level 2 health psychology module (co-convenor)

Undergraduate and post-graduate project supervision

Imperial College London 

MSc Health Policy

MRes Human Nutrition

Royal Veterinary College

MSc Infectious Diseases 

03-NOV-2014 Senior Teaching Fellow UCL Centre for Behaviour Change /Institute for Global Health UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2007 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Psychology Institute of Psychiatry
1997 MA Master of Arts – Psychology University of Sussex
1995 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science (Honours) – Psychology University of Central Lancashire
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