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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 Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences and the Department of Primary Care and Population Sciences, 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, which offers free, open-access software tools to enable behavioural scientists to develop their own web- and app-based behavioural interventions.

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 a pilot project to examine the barriers and facilitators to disseminating and supporting an online weight management programme through UK community pharmacies. Leanne is also co-leading the development of an intervention to support the screening and treatment of malnutrition in older adults within primary care. Leanne is co-applicant on a project to develop a digital intervention to support dietary change in pregnant teenagers.

Current grants include:

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.

Research group

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

Affiliate research group

Primary Care & Population Sciences Academic Units

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




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 three doctoral students.

Dr Leanne Morrison
Building 44 (room 4121), 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:44/4121/M35

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