Dr Leanne Morrison is a Lecturer in Health Psychology within the Centre for Community and Clinical Applications of Health Psychology, Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences and the School of Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine. Leanne’s core research focus is in understanding how meaningful self-management of health conditions can be supported through the use of digital behaviour change interventions. Leanne co-created the Person-Based Approach to intervention development that has supported the development and subsequent dissemination of engaging, cost-effective health behaviour change interventions and has contributed to international guidance on developing, evaluating and implementing digital healthcare interventions.
- Health Psychology
- Person-based intervention development
- Digital technology
- Qualitative methods
Leanne leads the development and evaluation of theory- evidence- and person-based digital health behaviour change interventions for a range of health issues that have included: weight management, healthy dietary choices, malnutrition, stress management, communication in primary health care consultations, and common childhood illnesses. Understanding how and why users engage with the advice and support provided by health behaviour change interventions, using qualitative and mixed methods, is crucial for improving their effectiveness and later implementation. Leanne is particularly interested in supporting child, adolescent and family health, and self-management of health in older adulthood.
Leanne is deputy director of the LifeGuide Research Programme and chair of the cross-faculty Digital Interventions Research Group at the University of Southampton.
Current PhD Students
I primarily teach on topics related to health psychology, digital behaviour change interventions, and qualitative research methods. I am currently deputy director for the MSc Health Psychology programme. I am also module lead for Biopsychosocial Aspects of Health core module (PSYC6001). I regularly deliver guest lectures on a range of topics and supervise a number of doctoral, postgraduate and 3rd year undergraduate students.