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Research Interests

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.


Personal Statement

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. 

PhD Supervision:

I have supervised 6 PhD students to successful completion and welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students interested in the above areas.

Current Students:

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.

Teaching Interests

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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

External Examiner, Robert Gordon University

2020 → …

External Examiner, Queen Margaret University



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