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Dr Ingrid Muller BSc, MSc, PhD, CPsycol

Lecturer, School of Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education

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Dr Ingrid Muller is a Health Psychologist and Lecturer in the School of Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education in the Faculty of Medicine.

Her research involves applying behavioural science to develop interventions aimed at improving health and well-being. Dr Muller has a particular interest in digital health, and has developed and evaluated interventions to support people self-managing long-term conditions such as eczema, acne, diabetes, chronic dizziness, and COPD.  Much of her work has focussed on how people engage with digital health interventions, and how to enhance accessibility and support for people with low health literacy.

Dr Muller previously completed a BSc (hons) in Psychology, MSc in Health Psychology, and a PhD in Health Psychology Research and Professional Practice. She is registered as a Health Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and as a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Research interests

Ingrid’s research interests focus on exploring and promoting self-management of chronic health conditions. She has specific expertise in intervention development, health behaviour change, digital health, qualitative research, and mixed research methods. 

Work in Progress:

Ingrid is currently the academic programme lead for the Eczema Care Online (ECO) project, a NIHR programme grant to promote effective eczema self-care. She is also co-leading a NIHR funded study looking at patient reported outcome measures for acne. Ingrid is a co-applicant on various other projects involving health behaviour change or treatments for long-term conditions.

Current grants

Dr M Farquhar, Dr G Ewing, Dr I Muller, Dr J Benson, Dr R Mahadeva, Dr D Gilligan, Miss J Burkin, Dr S Booth, Prof C Todd, Mrs S Howson, Mrs R Lovick. Development, refinement, and acceptability of an educational intervention for informal carers of patients with breathlessness study 2 (LaB2). NIHR RfPB (£164,970).

Dr J Adams, Prof A Rogers, Dr I Muller, Dr I Vassilev, Dr N Wilson, Dr S Ewings, Prof N Arden. Prof M Stokes, Dr C Brooks, Ms C  Race, Prof J Protheroe, Dr T Margham, Ms J Lawson, Prof D Hunter, Ms L Whale, Dr S Smith, Mr J Richardson. Development of a community networked digital self-management intervention for older people to keep active with joint pain (CONTAIN joint pain). NIHR CLAHRC Wessex (£98,225).

Dr M Santer, Prof K Thomas, Dr I Muller, Prof P Little, Prof L Yardley, Dr B Stuart, Dr J Chalmers, Dr S Langan, Prof H Williams, Dr M Ridd, Mrs A Roberts, Mrs A Ahmed, Mrs S Lawton, Prof G Griffiths, Dr T Sach. Supporting self-care for eczema in the community. NIHR PGfAR (£2,631,802).

Dr M Santer, Dr A Leyton, Dr N Francis, Prof G Griffiths, Prof P Little, Dr I Muller, Dr J Nuttall, Dr M Ridd, Dr T Sach, Dr B Stuart, Mrs K Thomas, Prof K Thomas. Supporting self-care for eczema in the community. NIHR HTA (£1,608,000).

Dr M Ridd, Dr M Santer, Dr B Boyle, Dr J Chalmers, Dr P Blair, Dr A Heawood, Prof J Coast, Ms K Garfield, Ms D Marriage, Dr K Grimshaw, Dr I Muller, Prof J Kai, Ms C Jameson, Ms H Bolton. The TEST (Trial of Eczema allergy Screening Tests) Study: feasibility randomised controlled trial with economic evaluation and nested qualitative study. NIHR SPCR (£579,361).

Dr I Muller, Dr B Stuart, Dr L Morrison, Dr M Santer. Patient reported outcome measures for acne: mixed methods validation study. NIHR SPCR (£42,454).  

Dr M Santer, Dr I Muller, Dr M El-Gohary. Understanding patient experiences self-managing recurrent cellulitis. NIHR SPCR (£45,332). 

Affiliate research group

Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education

Research project(s)

ECO - Eczema Care Online

This programme of research aims to promote effective eczema self-care by improving individuals’ knowledge of eczema treatments and influencing attitudes, skills, and habits related to treatment use.   

Family Planning: Fact or Fiction?

In this project, we would like to develop and evaluate health education films on family planning in two areas of Uganda.

Cost-effectiveness of self-management of dizziness in primary care

An evaluation of the cost-effectiveness of booklet-based self-management of dizziness in primary care, with and without expert telephone support.

Diabetes Literacy

  • Academic Programme Lead, ECO project
  • Co-Chair of the SAPC Behaviour Change Special Interest Group
  • Mentor
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  • PSYC 6002 - Psychology and the Delivery of Health Care (MSc Health Psychology)


  • PhD student Rachel Ryves
  • PhD student Athena Ip
  • PhD student Bethan Treadgold
  • 4th year medical student projects



Dr Ingrid Muller
Primary Care and Population Sciences
Faculty of Medicine
University of Southampton
Aldermoor Health Centre
Aldermoor Close
Southampton SO16 5ST

Room Number: 9590 AHC/115/S2

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