• School of Social and Community Medicine 39 Whatley Road Bristol BS8 2PS

    United Kingdom

  • BS8 1TU


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Research interests

I have a longstanding interest in how best to empower patients and people in the community to take control over their illness and treatment. I am addressing this question through the development and evaluation of numerous digital interventions for members of the public and health professionals, including interventions to support weight management, physical activity, reduction of infection transmission and antibiotic over-use, and self-management of numerous long-term health conditions (including cancer, hypertension, diabetes, back pain, asthma, cognitive decline and many other health problems). After carrying out large clinical trials of these interventions showing they are cost-effective (published in Lancet, BMJ and similar journals) they are made available nationally and internationally through partnerships with the public, third and private sector. Through this work I have pioneered the 'Person-Based Approach' (see www.personbasedapproach.org) which combines in-depth mixed methods research with co-design and behavioural analysis to develop and optimise accessible and effective healthcare solutions. In total, I have over 500 publications (Google Scholar), resulting in over 30,000 citations and an h index of 80.  I have been chief investigator on grants totalling over £10 million and principal or co-investigator on grants totalling well over £75 million (funding bodies include NIHR, MRC, ESRC, EPSRC, EC and medical charities).

I am a NIHR Senior Investigator and my roles at University of Bristol include behavioural theme lead for the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration-West and the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit and co-Director (Research) for the Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Health and Care. I have a continuing role at University of Southampton as Director of the LifeGuide Research Programme and the Behavioural Science theme of the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre. Previous roles have included Editor-in-Chief of Psychology & Health (journal of the European Society for Health Psychology), core or expert topic member of NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) panels in public health, behaviour change (technology) and antimicrobial stewardship, and member of research funding panels for NIHR, MRC and medical charities.

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Physical and Mental Health
  • Digital Health

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Research Output

Blood pressure monitoring in high-risk pregnancy to improve the detection and monitoring of hypertension (the BUMP 1 and 2 trials): protocol for two linked randomised controlled trials

Dougall, G., Franssen, M., Tucker, K. L., Yu, L-M., Hinton, L., Rivero-Arias, O., Abel, L., Allen, J., Band, R. J., Chisholm, A., Crawford, C., Green, M., Greenfield, S., Hodgkinson, J., Leeson, P., McCourt, C., MacKillop, L., Nickless, A., Sandall, J., Santos, M. & 6 others, Tarassenko, L., Velardo, C., Wilson, H., Yardley, L., Chappell, L. & McManus, R. J., 23 Jan 2020, In : BMJ Open. 10, 12 p., e034593.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

Open Access
  • 42 Downloads (Pure)

    Guidance for reporting intervention development studies in health research (GUIDED): An evidence-based consensus study

    Duncan, E., O'Cathain, A., Rousseau, N., Croot, L., Sworn, K., Turner, K. M., Yardley, L. & Hoddinott, P., 8 Apr 2020, In : BMJ Open. 10, 12 p., e033516.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
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    Harnessing behavioural science in public health campaigns to maintain 'social distancing' in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: key principles

    Bonell, C., Michie, S., Reicher, S., West, R., Bear, L., Yardley, L., Curtis, V., Amlôt, R. & Rubin, G. J., 29 Jun 2020, In : Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 74, 8, 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 7 Downloads (Pure)


    Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

    Yardley, Lucy (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: Election to learned society

  • Fellow of the British Psychological Society

    Yardley, Lucy (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: Election to learned society

    NIHR Senior Investigator

    Yardley, Lucy (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants


    • 3 Invited talk
    • 2 Publication peer-review
    • 2 Membership or peer review panel or committee
    • 1 Membership of public/government advisory/policy group or panel

    Inaugural International Conference of Vestibular Rehabilitation

    Lucy Yardley (Participant)

    18 Aug 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

    European Society for Research on Internet Interventions

    Lucy Yardley (Participant)


    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

    MRC Global Challenge Research Fund panel (External organisation)

    Lucy Yardley (Advisor)


    Activity: Membership typesMembership or peer review panel or committee