Dr Bridgette M Bewick (PhD, CPsychol, FHEA)

Dr Bridgette M Bewick (PhD, CPsychol, FHEA)


Dr Bridgette Bewick is a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) and Associate Professor in Psychological health, wellbeing and education at the University of Leeds (UK) School of Medicine. Her portfolio of research continues to advance our understanding of monitoring, managing, and modifying wellbeing and mental health; including the potential for e-health tools to support health and wellbeing.

Bridgette is a Fellow of the Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence, Her LITE Fellowship investigates how best to embody Pedagogical Wellbeing into the university curriculum.  Bridgette leads the University’s Pedagogical Wellbeing Network and seeded the ‘I belong Compassionate Curriclulum Conversations’. Bridgette is academic lead for ‘I belong Creative Connections’ – a University iniative that seeks to support student’s sense of belonging through shared experiences of arts and culture.

As a researcher in the field of addiction and a world expert on the use of the Social Norms Approach. Her significant contribution to the field was recognised by her being awarded the 2012 Society for the Study of Addiction Fred Yates Researcher of the Year Prize and 2013 University of Leeds Women of Acheivement. Her track record of high quality publications has aided our understanding of how to incorporate personalised feedback and social norms messages into web-based interventions. She seeks to understand how e- interventions can help intervene early and support positive behaviour change. Bridgette continues to develop ways for e-health solutions to support dissemination of tools that enable individuals to consider their own behaviour and to think through their potential to change.

Bridgette is committed to high quality applied health research and is Lead for the Taught Postgraduate Programmes in Health Research; a Programme that provides training in applied health research skills to NHS clinical health professionals and other professionals allied to medicine. The Health Research Programme formed a major part of the MSc Programme – Clinical Research Methods – funded to £1.8M by NIHR for the research training of nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

Bridgette is a University of Leeds LGBT Role Model.


  • Lead for Taught Postgraduate Health Research Programmes
  • Chair School of Medicine Undergraduate Special Cases Committee (MBChB)
  • Academic Lead Pedagogical Wellbeing Network

Research interests

Bridgette’s interest in measuring, monitoring, and modifying mental health and wellbeing. Current activity is focused on the following:

  • Understanding how best to embody Pedagogical Wellbeing in university curricula. 
  • Understanding and supporting student mental health and wellbeing.
  • Understanding how we can best support healthy use of the digital world and preventing digital addiction.
  • Understanding students' and young people's use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
  • Development and evaluation of e-health interverventions 
  • Development, implementation and evaluation of social norms approach interventions to improve health and wellbeing
  • Developing good practice in the development and implementation of the social norms approach.

Bridgette's body of work has made a significant and specific contribution to the addictions field. Its impact has been recognised by the Executive Council of the Society for the Study of Addiction who have awarded Bewick the 2012 Fred Yates prize. This acknowledges the development of a novel programme of work that has contributed to new or improved clinical practice and has enhanced understanding of addiction.


  • Doctor of Philosophy (School of Medicine, University of Leeds)
  • MA Psychology (Auckland University, First class honors)
  • BA Psychology and Education (Auckland University, equivalent of 1st class honors)
  • University of Leeds Teaching Award Professional Standard 2 (ULTA-2)

Professional memberships

  • British Psychological Society (Chartered Membership)
  • Higher Education Academy Fellow

Student education

Lead for the suite of Postgraduate Programmes in Health Research.  Her leadership roles include Chair of the MBChB Undergraduate Mitigation Committee; Chair of the School of Medicine’s Inclusion, Diversity, and Equality Committee; Lead for Unversitiy’s Sense of Belonging Evaluation and Cultural Change Workstreams.

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
  • Psychological and Social Medicine
  • Health services research
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