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Dr Leanne Morrison Bsc, Msc, PhD

Lecturer in Health Psychology

Dr Leanne Morrison

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

Leanne’s core research focus is in understanding how novel technologies can be harnessed in meaningful and engaging ways to deliver behaviour change interventions that are effective in improving health outcomes. Leanne has led the development and evaluation of theory- evidence- and person-based digital health behaviour change interventions for a range of health issues including weight management, healthy dietary choices, malnutrition, stress management, and communication in primary health care consultations in collaboration with colleagues from across the UK. As part of this work, 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. Leanne is deputy director of the LifeGuide Research Programme and chair of the cross-faculty Digital Interventions Research Group at the University of Southampton.

Previously, Leanne completed her undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral studies at the University of Southampton.

Professional memberships: Chartered member of the British Psychological Society.

Research interests

Leanne is particularly 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 and a web-based tool to support enhanced empathic communication in primary care consultations. 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

Evaluation of HIS-UK

Randomised controlled superiority trial with three-parallel groups (two intervention and one control arm, 1:1:1 allocation), with an internal pilot, to evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a behavioural intervention to reduce Chlamydia infection among men aged 16-25 years.  

Talking in Primary Care 2: Testing the effects of communication skills e-learning for practitioners on patients’ musculoskeletal pain and enablement (TIP2)

AIM study - The development and validation of population clusters for integrating health and social care: A mixed-methods study on Multiple Long-Term Conditions (MLTC)

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 am co-convener of the Introduction to Health Psychology optional module (PSYC2026) on the BSc Psychology programme. I regularly deliver guest lectures on digital health.

I supervise a number of doctoral, postgraduate and 3rd year undergraduate students.

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

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