Dr Lynne Wood

Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology

Lynne WoodI am a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (CPsychol) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). My main experience and interests are in health. I have a background in healthcare, having previously been a Registered Nurse, working as a staff nurse, nurse health coach and in drug safety as a drug safety associate. I completed my BSc Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire (1996) and then returned to study to complete an MSc in Health Psychology at the University of Bedfordshire (2007). I then went on to complete my PhD at the University looking at what factors predict alcohol use in adolescents and students and exploring the potential to create interactive methods of intervention to prevent misuse, such as using role-play and computer games.

I first started teaching at the University in 2009 when I was employed as a visiting lecturer, I remained in this role in the School of Psychology and went on to secure my first lectureship in 2013 within the School. In 2020 I was promoted to senior lecturer and my current role is the course coordinator for the MSc Applied (conversion) course. I also contribute widely to teaching and to the coordination of units on the Health Psychology MSc and undergraduate health-related units. Based on my knowledge and experiences I have co-authored an undergraduate level text, “health psychology the basics”.

My current research interests are in chronic illness and pain management particularly around intervention design and using sound/music and drama in pain and wellbeing. I am also interested in adolescent health and the use of role-play and technology driven methods in adolescent/student risk behaviour such as drinking, smoking, risky sexual behaviour and gaming.

  • PhD – University of Bedfordshire ‘Predicting and Intervening in Adolescents’ and Students’ alcohol use’
  • MSc Health Psychology (with commendation) – University of Bedfordshire
  • Certificate in Counselling – University of Hertfordshire
  • BSc Psychology (2:1) – University of Hertfordshire
  • RN – Cambridge and Huntingdon School of Nursing

  • Course coordinator for the MSc Applied (conversion) programme
  • Unit coordinator for the Dissertation unit MSc Applied Psychology (conversion)
  • Unit coordinator for the Level 6 Applied Health Psychology (PSY012-3)
  • Units coordinator for 2 units for the MSc Health Psychology; Mechanisms of Health and Disease (PSY006-6) and Lifestyle and Individual Differences (PSY003-6).

  • Using sounds in the management of pain and chronic illness
  • Health Intervention Design, (particularly adolescent risk behaviours)
  • Drama and Role-Play
  • Serious games and digital media for health

  • Double-blind randomised controlled trial on the use of Theta binaural beats in perceived pain intensity and duration in a cold pressor test.
  • Systematic Review on the efficacy of non-pharmacological interventions for insulin-related disordered eating in people with Type 1 Diabetes.

  • Cook, E. & Wood, L. (2021) Health Psychology: The Basics, Routledge, Oxon.
  • Wood, L. & McMurray, I. (2018) Perceptions of alcohol use in UK 12–14-year-olds, Drugs and Alcohol Today, Vol. 18 (4), pp. 262-271

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