Kelly Lloyd

Kelly Lloyd


I am currently completing an ESRC-funded PhD in the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, on the topic of investigating decision-making in cancer preventive therapy.

I graduated from the University of Manchester in 2015 with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, following which I worked as a project assistant in the Manchester BRC (NIHR) theme ‘Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Research’ at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust (2015-2018). In 2018, I was awarded an Economic and Social Research Council funded 1+3 PhD focusing on the area of cancer preventive therapy and behavioural science.

In 2019, I obtained an ESRC-funded MA in Social Research (Interdisciplinary) from the University of Leeds. 

Throughout my PhD I have undertaken several mixed methods research studies, such as:

  • Systematic review of the literature synthesising evidence on behaviour and attitudes data in the context of aspirin for cancer preventive therapy.
  • Qualitative studies exploring user and healthcare providers' views on the use of aspirin for colorectal cancer prevention.
  • Factorial randomised trial recruiting general practitioners.

The majority of my PhD has investigated informed decision-making in the context of the NICE guidance (NG151) recommending aspirin for colorectal cancer prevention for higher genetic risk populations (i.e. people with Lynch syndrome).

I am a keen advocate for open research practices, and the lead organiser of the ReproducibiliTea journal club at the University of Leeds. I am also a member of the University of Leeds Advisory Group which advises on the direction of Open Research activities for the University, and a steering group member on a campaign to improve health research (‘The Declaration to Improve Biomedical and Health Research’).

In 2022, I was awarded the Faculty of Medicine and Health and Leeds University Union Partnership Award for Postgraduate Researcher for my work in advocating open research practices. I am also currently a member of the School of Medicine Ethics Committee.

Research interests

  • Health sciences
  • Cancer prevention research
  • Behavioural science
  • Quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Open and reproducible research


  • BSc Psychology, University of Manchester (2015)
  • MA Social Research (Interdisciplinary), University of Leeds (2019)

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences