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Dr Katherine  Bradbury PhD, MSc, BSc

Senior Research Fellow in Health Psychology

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Dr Katherine Bradbury is a Senior Research Fellow in Health Psychology within Psychology at the University of Southampton.

I am a Senior Research Fellow in Health Psychology. I have an MSc in Health Psychology and a PhD in Health Psychology and Professional practice. My PhD research explored how physiotherapy and osteopathy for lower back pain vary between private and NHS settings. My work as a Senior Research Fellow involves developing and evaluating digital interventions to help individuals to prevent or self manage their health conditions.

PhD in Health Psychology and Professional Practice (University of Southampton)
MSc in Health Psychology (Coventry University)
BSc (Hons) in Psychology (Coventry University)





Research interests

My primary research interest is how we can support self-management of health conditions using digital interventions. I am particularly interested in how we can optimise digital interventions to best meet the needs of those using them. I am also interested in contextual (or placebo) effects which occur within treatments, including how we might harness their power to maximise intervention effectiveness.

Research Project

DIPSS (Integrating Digital Interventions into Patient Self-Management Support)

Research group

Centre for Clinical and Community Applications of Health Psychology (CCCAHP)

Research project(s)


The DIPSS (Integrating Digital Interventions into Patient Self-Management Support) project has received funding of £2 million from the NIHR to examine patient digital self-management with healthcare professional support in primary care. Our aim is to develop digital behaviour change interventions for asthma and hypertension self-management, which will be examined in feasibility studies and full RCT (hypertension only). Issues surrounding the feasibility, acceptability, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of digital intervention delivery will be explored with patients and healthcare professionals for each condition.

Mechanisms in Orthodox and Complementary Alternative Medicine Management of Back Pain (MOCAM study)

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My current teaching at the University of Southampton includes teaching Generic Skills workshops on the MSc in Health Psychology and various health psychology related topics to Medical students. I also supervise the research of a number of MSc and medical students. I also teach qualitative research methods to undergraduate psychology students at the University of Winchester.

Dr Katherine Bradbury
Building 44 Highfield Campus University of Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 44/3063

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