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Dr Wendy Lawrence BSc, MSc, PhD, CPsychol

Associate Professor of Health Psychology, Faculty of Medicine Team-working, Leadership & Patient Safety theme Lead

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Dr Wendy Lawrence is Associate Professor of Health Psychology within Medicine at the University of Southampton.

After graduating with a BSc 1st class honours degree in Psychology in 1999, Wendy obtained a Masters degree in Health Psychology from the University of Southampton in 2001. She joined the MRC Environmental Epidemiology Unit in October 2000 as the Research Assistant Wendy Lawrence for the Southampton Women’s Survey children’s follow-up. She is a Chartered Psychologist, and member of the British Psychological Society and their Division of Health Psychology, and the European Health Psychology Society. Her research interests are all aspects of maternal health including diet and physical activity, with a particular focus on translating research observations into activities to bring about behaviour change to improve women’s health.

She is now working as a Research Psychologist within the Southampton Initiative for Health; a multi-disciplinary collaboration between academics and researchers from the MRC LEU and the University of Southampton, and health professionals from Southampton City and Primary Care Trust. This work (forming the basis of her PhD completed in 2010) has been investigating influences on the food choices of women with lower educational attainment, collecting data by way of focus groups, structured interviews and observations. These data have informed the development of a training intervention delivered initially to Sure Start Children’s Centre staff in the City of Southampton by Wendy and colleagues. The training has since been commissioned by other agencies both locally and internationally to support workforce development and improvements in population health. Evaluation of its impact in different contexts and populations is a key focus of Wendy’s current work. She also contributes to other projects which require expertise in psychology, behaviour change or qualitative methods.

Within the University’s Faculty of Medicine, she is the Team-working, Leadership and Patient Safety theme Lead, and is responsible for training and maintaining a team of facilitators to work with small groups of students across the medical curriculum.







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Team-working, Leadership & Patient Safety theme Lead

Dr Wendy Lawrence
Associate Professor of Health Psychology Faculty of Medicine Team-working, Leadership and Patient Safety theme Lead MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit (University of Southampton) Southampton General Hospital Southampton SO16 6YD Tel: ++44 (0)23 8076 4068 Fax: ++44 (0)23 8070 4021 Email:

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