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Dr Lynn Williams

Senior Lecturer


Personal statement

I joined the School of Psychological Sciences and Health in January 2017, having previously worked at the University of the West of Scotland. Prior to this I completed my PhD and MSc at the University of Stirling and undergraduate degree at the University of Glasgow. My research is within the area of Health Psychology and I am interested in the link between personality and health outcomes, and psychological aspects of infection prevention and control.  


Has expertise in:

    • Health psychology
    • Personality and health
    • Outcomes in cardiac patients
    • Psychological aspects of infection prevention and control


The effectiveness of interventions to improve the public's antimicrobial resistance awareness and behaviours associated with prudent use of antimicrobials : a systematic review
Price Lesley, Gozdzielewska Lucyna, Young Mairi, Smith Fraser, MacDonald Jennifer, McParland Joanna, Williams Lynn, Langdridge Darren, Davis Mark, Flowers Paul
Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, (2018)
Type D personality is associated with increased desire for alcohol in response to acute stress
Williams Lynn, Bruce Gillian , Knapton Cindy
Stress and Health, (2018)
Examining the social cognitive predictors of adherence to an exercise referral scheme
Eynon Michael John, O'Donnell Christopher , Williams Lynn
International Journal of Sport Psychology, pp. 1-21, (2017)
Do social cognitive constructs predict physical activity behaviour within individuals? A series of N-of-1 studies
Smith Graeme, Williams Lynn, O'Donnell Christopher , McKechnie Jim
BPS Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference, (2017)
What is the active content of interventions that target the public's engagement with antimicrobial resistance?
Williams Lynn
BPS Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference, (2017)
The impact of alexithymia on desire for alcohol during a social stress test
Knapton Cindy , Bruce Gillian, Williams Lynn
Substance Use and Misuse, (2017)

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I am the 3rd year tutor on the BA Psychology programme. In addition, I am the topic leader for the 4th year Health Psychology class, and I also teach on the 3rd year Individual Differences class.

Research interests

My research is within the area of Health Psychology and I have two main areas of interest. I am interested in how personality influences health outcomes, including cardiac disease related outcomes and health behaviours, such as, physical activity and alcohol use. I am also interested in understanding the behavioural and psychological aspects of infection prevention and control (e.g. hand hygiene behaviours, social distancing and antimicrobial stewardship).