Dr Chris Keyworth

Dr Chris Keyworth


Chris joined The University of Leeds as a Lecturer in Psychology in May 2021. He obtained his first degree in Psychology from Lancaster University (2007), and an MSc in Clinical and Health Psychology (2010) and a PhD in Health Psychology (2015) at The University of Manchester. His PhD thesis focused on health risk communication and health behaviour change in the context of psoriasis, a long-term inflammatory skin condition. Prior to moving to Leeds, Chris worked across a number of multidisciplinary research programmes, most recently as a research fellow within the Behavioural Science sub-theme of the NIHR Greater Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre.

He is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, a member of the BPS Division of Health Psychology, and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is a committee member of the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine and holds an editorial position with the BPS.

Research interests

Chris has a background in mixed methods research, and his core interests are:

  • Applying evidence-based theory to understanding behaviour change (both patients and healthcare professionals)
  • Using psychological theory to understand and develop effective health risk communication strategies
  • Healthcare professional-patient communication


  • PhD Health Psychology
  • MSc Clinical and Health Psychology
  • BSc Psychology

Professional memberships

  • British Psychological Society (Chartered Psychologist)
  • UK Society for Behavioural Medicine (Exec committee member)
  • International Society of Behavioural Medicine
  • Division of Health Psychology
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
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