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Dr Phillippa Lally
1-19 Torrington Place
Tel: 02076791691
  • Research Associate
  • Behavioural Science and Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Phillippa graduated with a BSc (first class hons) in Pyschology from the University of Warwick in 2002 and then completed an MSc and PhD in Health Psychology at UCL in 2004 and 2007 respectively. Following her PhD she was awarded an ESRC Postdoctoral fellowship to build on this work.   Since 2008 Phillippa has taken time out to be with her young family and has returned to the research group at UCL for short periods to support various projects.  In 2017 she made a more permanent return to the group and is enjoying focusing on research.  

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Phillippa's PhD work focused on habit formation and weight control.  She conducted a study tracking participants as they attempted to form a new habit and modelled the increase in automaticity over time at an individual level.  This paper has been widely cited in both academic work and the media.  Phillippa remains focused on habit formation and how it can be used as a strategy to help people to change their health behaviours.  She currently works on the ASCOT Trial which is a habit-based lifestyle intervention for breast, prostate and colorectal cancer patients.  

Phillippa has also conducted research in the area of social norms for food and drink consumption and weight loss interventions for adults and young people with learning disabilities.  Phillippa's most recent appointments have involved trial and data management and through fulfilling these roles and regular training she is consolidating this skill base.  

Academic Background
2007 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Health Psychology University College London
2004 MSc Master of Science – Health Psychology University College London
2002 BSc Bachelor of Science – Psychology University of Warwick
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