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Dr Leanne Morrison Bsc, Msc, PhD

Lecturer in Health Psychology

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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.

Understanding how and why users engage with the advice and support provided by digital health behaviour change interventions is crucial for improving their effectiveness and implementation

Prior to completing her doctoral studies, Leanne was an undergraduate (BSc Psychology, 1st) and postgraduate (MSc Health Psychology, distinction) student at the University of Southampton. Leanne completed her PhD in 2011, also at the University of Southampton. Her doctoral studies identified and examined how technology-based features influenced users' engagement with digital health behaviour change interventions.

Since 2011, Leanne has worked as a postdoctoral research fellow, then Lecturer in Health Psychology, and has been involved in developing and evaluating a number of digital health behaviour change interventions for both adult and adolescent populations. These interventions have targeted a range of health behaviours including weight management, healthy dietary choices, malnutrition, and stress management. Leanne is also deputy director of the LifeGuide Research Programme at the University of Southampton and deputy theme lead for Behavioural Science within the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre.

Professional memberships: European Health Psychology Society and chartered member of the British Psychological Society.

Research interests

Leanne’s core research focus is in understanding how novel technologies can best be harnessed to deliver behaviour change interventions and improve health outcomes. In particular, she is interested in the person-based development of interventions, understanding and measuring effective engagement with digital health interventions using mixed methods, and evaluating scalable models for supporting effective health interventions in primary care and community settings.

Work in Progress:

Leanne is currently leading on the development of an app- and game-based intervention to engage adolescents with healthy eating and physical activity. Leanne is also co-leading the development of an intervention to support the screening and treatment of malnutrition in older adults within primary care. Please see below for a list of Leanne's current and past grants.

Current grants include:

Barker, M. (PI), Inskip, H. (PI), Little, P., Baird, J., Morrison, L., Chase, D., Farrell, D., Clarke, J., Cooper, C., Lord, J., Godfrey, K., Grace, M., Hanson, M., & Viner, R. (2017 - 2022). Engaging adolescents in changing behaviour (EACh-B): A programme of research to improve the diets and physical activity levels of teenagers. NIHR - PGfAR: 2017-2022 (£2,166,779)

Everitt, H. (PI), Little, P., Howick, J., Mallen, C., Morrison, L., Bishop, F., & Yardley, L. (2018 – 2020). Expectation management for patients in primary care: Developing and feasibility testing a new digital intervention for practitioners. SPCR (£394,262)

Morrison, L. (PI), Yardley, L., Bradbury, K., Weal, M., & Little, P. (2015). Integrating effective weight management programmes into community-based public health services. Strategic Interdisciplinary Research Development Fund (University of Southampton): £9793.81.

Little, P. (PI), Stroud, M. (PI), Stuart, B., Yao, G. L., Roberts, H., Gill, P., Rathod, S., Green, S., Moore, M., Griffiths, G., Boehning, D., Yardley, L., Morrison, L., Aveyard, P., & Roderick, P. (2015 – 2021). Screen and TREAt for malnutrition (STREAM) programme. NIHR – PGfAR: £2,755,376.

Barker, M., Morrison, L., Soltani, H., Stevenson, J., Whitworth, M., Rundle, R., & Lang, B. (2015-2016). Improving nutritional status in pregnant teenagers: development of a complex intervention to support change in diet and lifestyle. MRC – PHIND: £149,126.08.

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Research group

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

Affiliate research group

Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education

Research project(s)


The UBhave project aims to investigate the power and challenges of using mobile phones and social networking for Digital Behaviour Change Interventions (DBCIs).


Software that enables behavioural scientists to create online behavioural interventions

Deputy Director MSc Health Psychology programme.

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I am module lead for the Biopsychosocial Aspects of Health core module (PSYC6001) on the MSc Health Psychology Programme. I also regularly deliver guest lectures on digital health.

I supervise a number of 3rd year undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation projects. I am currently supervising two doctoral students.

Dr Leanne Morrison
Building 44 (room 3009), Psychology, Highfield Campus, University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ. Tel: (023) 8059 7222. Email:

Primary Care and Population Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, Aldermoor Health Centre, Aldermoor Close, Southampton, SO16 5ST. Tel: (023) 8059 1763. Email:

Room Number: 44/3009/M35

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