Projects per year
My research is within the area of health psychology and public health. I am interested in understanding the behavioural and psychological aspects of infection prevention and control, with a focus on behaviour change (e.g. in relation to vaccination uptake). I am also interested in how personality factors influence health behaviours and outcomes, and the ways in which we can use personality science to inform our design of behaviour change interventions.
I joined the School of Psychological Sciences and Health at Strathclyde in January 2017, having previously worked in the Psychology group at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) for nine years. I completed my PhD in Health Psychology and MSc in Psychological Research Methods at the University of Stirling and undergraduate Psychology degree at the University of Glasgow.
My research is within health psychology and public health and I am interested in the psychological aspects of infection prevention and control, particularly in relation to behaviour change (e.g. in addressing vaccine hesitancy). I am also interested in the link between personality factors and health outcomes.
I have recently been Principal Investigator on three Chief Scientist Office funded projects. One examining the positive changes that people experiences through the Covid-19 lockdown, and two projects on vaccination behaviour. One of the vaccination behaviour projects investigates the psychological barriers and drivers to seasonal influenza vaccination uptake in those with chronic respiratory disease in Scotland (2019-2020), and one investigating vaccine hesitancy in older adults with a focus on influenza, pneumococcal and shingles vaccines (2020).
2020 £18,025 awarded to Megiddo, I., Morton, A., & Williams, L (CI). (2020). Covid-19 vaccine delivery barriers in LMICs. GCRF Covid-19 Response Fund
2020 £88,972 awarded to Williams, L (PI), Grealy, M., Fleming, L., Janssen, X., Kirk, A., & Flowers, P. (2020). Has social distancing made us healthier? Adoption, maintenance and sharing of positive changes. Chief Scientist Office Rapid Research in Covid-19 Programme.
2020 £25,000 awarded to Williams, L (PI)., Brown Nicholls, L., Cogan, N., Rasmussen, S., & Young, D. (2019). Improving older adults’ vaccination uptake: are existing measures of vaccine hesitancy valid and reliable for older people? Chief Scientist Office Catalytic Grant.
2019 - 2020 £190,806 awarded to L. Williams (PI), S. Rasmussen, N.Cogan., & D. Young. Psychological barriers and drivers to seasonal influenza uptake in those with chronic respiratory disease: A mixed methods study. Chief Scientist Office.
2018 -2019 £15,504 awarded to J. McParland, L. Kidd, L. Williams (CI)., & P. Flowers. A scoping review to ascertain the parameters for an evidence synthesis of interventions seeking to improve work and wellbeing outcomes among employees with chronic pain. Chief Scientist Office Catalytic Grant.
I have supervised 6 PhD students to successful completion and welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students interested in the above areas.
Chloe Moore (2020-2023). A mixed-methods investigation of the role of illness perceptions in endometriosis. ESRC Doctoral Studentship from the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS).
My teaching interests are in Health Psychology and Individual Differences. I am class leader for the 4th year Health Psychology class, and teach the personality component of the 3rd year Individual Differences class. I also supervise dissertation students on the BA Psychology and the MSc Clinical Health Psychology.
I am currently Deputy Director of Research in the School of Psychological Sciences and Health. I previously led the School's Athena SWAN team, during this time we were successful in achieving an Athena SWAN Bronze award. I have previously been third year tutor for the BA Psychology, and while based at UWS, I was the programme leader for the undergraduate psychology degree.
I am the class leader for the 4th year Health Psychology class, and I also teach the personality lectures within the 3rd year Individual Differences class. I also supervise dissertation students on the UG Psychology degree and MSc Clinical Health Psychology.
Expertise & Capabilities
- Public health psychology
- Health behaviour change
- Vaccination behaviour & vaccine hesitancy
- Psychological aspects of infection prevention and control
- Personality and health
External Examiner, Robert Gordon University2020 → …
External Examiner, Queen Margaret University2014 → 2019
1/10/20 → …
Project: Research - Studentship
Strathclyde COVID-19 Research Portfolio: Novel testing, digital health support and third sector collaboration for impact on social care
Bedford, T., Corrigan, D., Dunlop, M., Egan, K., Fleming, L., Flowers, P., Grealy, M., Hoskisson, P., Hunter, I., Janssen, X., Kirk, A., Knifton, L., Lenhart, O., Maguire, R., Morton, A., Quinn, N., Scott, F., Suckling, C., Ward, A. & Williams, L.
1/05/20 → 16/03/21
A mixed methods study of seasonal influenza vaccine hesitancy in adults with chronic respiratory conditionsWilliams, L., Deakin, K., Gallant, A., Rasmussen, S., Young, D. & Cogan, N., 27 Mar 2021, In: Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses . 9 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile3 Downloads (Pure)
A scoping review to ascertain the parameters for an evidence synthesis of psychological interventions to improve work and wellbeing outcomes among employees with chronic painMcParland, J. L., Andrews, P., Kidd, L., Williams, L. & Flowers, P., 28 Jan 2021, In: Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine. 9, 1, p. 25-47 23 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Review article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile5 Downloads (Pure)
Public webinar: 'Improving Vaccine Uptake in Scotland: Implications for COVID-19, influenza and other adult vaccines.'29 Jul 2020
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Participation in workshop, seminar, course