Dr Chris Keyworth

Dr Chris Keyworth


I joined The University of Leeds as a Lecturer in Psychology in May 2021. I obtained my 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. My 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, I 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.

I am a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, a member of the BPS Division of Health Psychology and UK Society for Behavioural Medicine, and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I hold honorary positions at the University of Manchester and Leeds Beckett University. 


  • Programme Manager - MSc Psychological Approaches to Health

Research interests

I have a background in mixed methods research, and my 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
  • International Society of Behavioural Medicine
  • Division of Health Psychology
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research groups and institutes

  • Health and social psychology
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