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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 vaccine hesitancy, antimicrobial resistance, and seasonal/pandemic influenza. 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 am currently Principal Investigator on a Chief Scientist Office funded project examining the psychological barriers and drivers to seasonal influenza vaccination uptake in those with chronic respiratory disease in Scotland (2019-2020).

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

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 vaccine hesitancy, antimicrobial resistance and seasonal/pandemic influenza. I am also interesting in the link between personality factors and health outcomes, and have researched a number of personality constructs, including Type D personality.

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 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 previously led the School's Athena SWAN team, during this time we were successful in achieving an Athena SWAN Bronze award.

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

External positions

External Examiner, Queen Margaret University

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Projects 2018 2020

Research Output 2008 2019

Does your partner's personality affect your health?

Williams, L., Ashford-Smith, S., Cobban, L., Fitzsimmons, R., Sukhatme, V. & Hunter, S., 3 Sep 2019. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Open Access
Social Support
Quality of Life

Does your partner's personality affect your health? Actor and partner effects of the big five personality traits

Williams, L., Ashford-Smith, S., Cobban, L., Fitzsimmons, R., Sukhatme, V. & Hunter, S., 4 Jun 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Personality and Individual Differences .

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Health Behavior
Quality of Life
Self Report


Atypicalities of social functioning in children with Williams syndrome

Author: Gillooly, A., 1 Oct 2016

Supervisor: Williams, L. (Supervisor) & Fleming, L. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Activities 2009 2018

  • 1 Editorial board member
  • 1 Examination
  • 1 Membership of council
  • 1 Membership of network

BMC Psychology (Journal)

Lynn Williams (Associate Editor)
2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial board member

External Examiner - BSc Psychology, Queen Margaret University

Lynn Williams (External Examiner)

Activity: Examination typesExamination