Dr Louise Bryant

Dr Louise Bryant


Dr Louise Bryant is an Associate Professor in Medical Psychology and Chartered Psychologist.

Her applied health research is both psychological and social in focus and fits within two main themes: 1) Psychosocial aspects of screening technologies, particularly prenatal screening and 2) Improving access to health services for people with a learning disability.

Louise has leadership roles in the strategic direction of the equality and inclusion goals of the Institute, School and Faculty as School E&I Champion; strategic direction and impact of applied health research; strategic direction of undergraduate teaching on social sciences on the MBChB.

She holds leadership roles for Public Health England in the development, implementation and evaluation of national policy and guidance on fetal anomaly screening; development and delivery of national training programmes impacting on the delivery and experience of healthcare; development and maintenance of strategic partnerships between researchers and health professionals.


  • Chair, Athena SWAN Committee, School of Medicine
  • Chair, School of Medicine E&I Committee
  • Lead for REF 2021 Impact, LIHS

Research interests

(1) Psychosocial aspects of prenatal screening technologies: considering how to improve decision support for women offered prenatal screening and diagnostic testing for Down syndrome in pregnancy. Research on the social context of prenatal testing has investigated how people in different societies view learning disability and screening technologies, and the on social influences these societal factors have on women making decisions. Work on psychological aspects has considered how women make decisions about screening tests, what underlies their choices (attitudes towards testing and disability, experience of disability, religious or cultural influences) and ways to support women making decisions (information development, the informed decision process, staff training).

(2) Improving access to health services for people with a learning disability

Co-investigator on the NIHR HTA funded feasibility RCT of a supported self-management intervention for people with learning disability and type 2 diabetes OK Diabetes Louise is leading further research on increasing the accessibility of mainstream health care services for people with a learning disability


  • PhD Psychology
  • BSc(Hons) Psychology First Class

Professional memberships

  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)
  • Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (CPsychol)
  • Committee member, Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology

Student education

I am ICU lead for the Year 1 Socal Sciences teaching on the undergraduate medical degree providing teaching for 250 undergraduates over the full academic year. Lectures focus on disability and social inequalities and health. Lecturer on social inequalities and mental health to Psychiatry students.

Research groups and institutes

  • Psychological and Social Medicine
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