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Dr Emily McBride
1-19 Torrington Place
Health Behaviour Research Centre
Tel: 0207 679 1940
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  • Senior Research Fellow
  • Behavioural Science and Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Dr Emily McBride is a Senior Research Fellow and Health Psychologist (HCPC registered) in the Department of Behavioural Science and Health. She holds a research fellowship with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and completed her PhD at University College London (UCL) in 2020. Emily won a Yale-UCL Collaborative scholarship to complete part of her PhD as an Exchange Scholar at Yale University (USA), and also gained funding to work as a Visiting Researcher at McGill University (Canada). Her PhD was awarded the PhD/Doctoral Prize 2021 from the Society of Academic Primary Care.  

In addition to research and practice roles, Emily has a keen interest in generating impact through influencing public policy and health practice. She was previously seconded as a Senior Advisor in Behavioural Science for the UK Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) through 2018; and continues to work closely with Public Health England (PHE) and senior NHS Policy Teams. From 2017 to 2020, she sat on the National HPV Primary Screening Pilot Committee where she co-represented the psychological evaluation of HPV primary cervical cancer screening. Her research and contributions helped to inform cervical screening policy and implementation across England. This included the wording used in test result letters and patient materials and content in clinician training. She is also currently the Policy Lead for the British Psychological Society, Division of Health Committee. 

In recognition of the wide-ranging impact of her research and clinical practice in public health and policy, Emily received the prestigious award of 'Best Public Health Professional Researcher' of 2019-20 from PHE and NIHR.  She also won the 'Excellence in Health Psychology Early Career Award 2021' from the British Psychological Society, Division of Health Psychology.

Prior to working at UCL, Emily completed her Doctorate-level Stage 2 training as a practitioner Health Psychologist in the National Health Service (NHS) in Edinburgh, Scotland. She also holds an MSc in Health Psychology and BSc (Hons) in Psychology.  

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