Dr Lynn Williams

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Psychology

Personal statement

I joined the School of Psychological Sciences and Health at Strathclyde in January 2017, having previously worked in the Psychology group at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) for nine years. I completed my PhD in Health Psychology and MSc in Psychological Research Methods at the University of Stirling and undergraduate Psychology degree at the University of Glasgow.

Research:

My research is within health psychology and public health and I am interested in the psychological aspects of infection prevention and control, particularly in relation to behaviour change (e.g. in addressing vaccine hesitancy). I am also interested in the link between personality factors and health outcomes.

I have recently been Principal Investigator on three Chief Scientist Office funded projects. One examining the positive changes that people experiences through the Covid-19 lockdown, and two projects on vaccination behaviour. One of the vaccination behaviour projects investigates the psychological barriers and drivers to seasonal influenza vaccination uptake in those with chronic respiratory disease in Scotland (2019-2020), and one investigating vaccine hesitancy in older adults with a focus on influenza, pneumococcal and shingles vaccines (2020).

Grants:

2020   £18,025 awarded to Megiddo, I., Morton, A., & Williams, L (CI). (2020). Covid-19 vaccine delivery barriers in LMICs. GCRF Covid-19 Response Fund 

2020   £88,972 awarded to Williams, L (PI), Grealy, M., Fleming, L., Janssen, X., Kirk, A., & Flowers, P. (2020). Has social distancing made us healthier? Adoption, maintenance and sharing of positive changes. Chief Scientist Office Rapid Research in Covid-19 Programme.

2020   £25,000 awarded to Williams, L (PI)., Brown Nicholls, L., Cogan, N., Rasmussen, S., & Young, D. (2019). Improving older adults’ vaccination uptake: are existing measures of vaccine hesitancy valid and reliable for older people?  Chief Scientist Office Catalytic Grant.

2019 - 2020   £190,806 awarded to L. Williams (PI), S. Rasmussen, N.Cogan., & D. Young. Psychological barriers and drivers to seasonal influenza uptake in those with chronic respiratory disease: A mixed methods study. Chief Scientist Office.

2018 -2019    £15,504 awarded to J. McParland, L. Kidd, L. Williams (CI)., & P. Flowers. A scoping review to ascertain the parameters for an evidence synthesis of interventions seeking to improve work and wellbeing outcomes among employees with chronic pain. Chief Scientist Office Catalytic Grant. 

PhD Supervision:

I have supervised 6 PhD students to successful completion and welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students interested in the above areas.

Current Students:

Chloe Moore (2020-2023). A mixed-methods investigation of the role of illness perceptions in endometriosis. ESRC Doctoral Studentship from the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS). 

Teaching:

My teaching interests are in Health Psychology and Individual Differences. I am class leader for the 4th year Health Psychology class, and teach the personality component of the 3rd year Individual Differences class. I also supervise dissertation students on the BA Psychology and the MSc Clinical Health Psychology.

Citizenship:

I am currently Deputy Director of Research in the School of Psychological Sciences and Health.  I previously led the School's Athena SWAN team, during this time we were successful in achieving an Athena SWAN Bronze award. I have previously been third year tutor for the BA Psychology, and while based at UWS, I was the programme leader for the undergraduate psychology degree.

Expertise

Has expertise in:

    • Public health psychology
    • Health behaviour change
    • Vaccination behaviour & vaccine hesitancy
    • Psychological aspects of infection prevention and control
    • Personality and health

Publications

Older adults' vaccine hesitancy : psychosocial factors associated with influenza, pneumococcal, and shingles vaccine uptake
Brown Nicholls Louise A, Gallant Allyson J, Cogan Nicola, Rasmussen Susan, Young David, Williams Lynn
Vaccine (2021)
A mixed methods study of seasonal influenza vaccine hesitancy in adults with chronic respiratory conditions
Williams Lynn, Deakin Karen, Gallant Allyson, Rasmussen Susan, Young David, Cogan Nicola
Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses (2021)
https://doi.org/10.1111/irv.12856
A scoping review to ascertain the parameters for an evidence synthesis of psychological interventions to improve work and wellbeing outcomes among employees with chronic pain
McParland Joanna L, Andrews Pamela, Kidd Lisa, Williams Lynn, Flowers Paul
Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine Vol 9, pp. 25-47 (2021)
https://doi.org/10.1080/21642850.2020.1863809
What have we learned about positive changes experienced during COVID-19 lockdown? Evidence of the social patterning of change
Williams Lynn, Rollins Lesley, Young David, Fleming Leanne, Grealy Madeleine, Janssen Xanne, Kirk Alison, MacDonald Bradley, Flowers Paul
PLoS ONE Vol 16 (2021)
https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0244873
Social patterning and stability of intention to accept a COVID-19 vaccine in Scotland : will those most at risk accept a vaccine?
Williams Lynn, Flowers Paul, McLeod Julie, Young David, Rollins Lesley-Anne,
Vaccines Vol 9 (2021)
https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines9010017
Older adults' vaccine hesitancy : psychosocial predictors of influenza, pneumococcal, & shingles vaccine uptake
Brown Nicholls Louise, Gallant Allyson, Cogan Nicola, Rasmussen Susan, Young David, Williams Lynn
Innovation in Aging Vol 4, pp. 913-914 (2020)
https://doi.org/10.1093/geroni/igaa057.3358

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Teaching

I am the class leader for the 4th year Health Psychology class, and I also teach the personality lectures within the 3rd year Individual Differences class. I also supervise dissertation students on the UG Psychology degree and MSc Clinical Health Psychology.

Research interests

My research is within the area of health psychology and public health. I am interested in understanding the behavioural and psychological aspects of infection prevention and control, with a focus on behaviour change (e.g. in relation to vaccination uptake). I am also interested in how personality factors influence health behaviours and outcomes, and the ways in which we can use personality science to inform our design of behaviour change interventions.

 

Professional activities

Webinar - Life with the coronavirus vaccine
Recipient
1/12/2020
Infographic - Factors affecting flu vaccination in adults with chronic respiratory conditions in Scotland
Recipient
2020
College of Experts - DHSC/UKRI Global Effect on COVID-19 Health Research call
Recipient
2020
External Examiner - Robert Gordon University
Examiner
2020
Explorathon 2019 - Flu Vaccination Project
Contributor
27/9/2019
BMC Psychology (Journal)
Associate Editor
2018

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Projects

A mixed-methods investigation of the role of illness perceptions in endometriosis
Williams, Lynn (Principal Investigator) Moore, Chloe (Post Grad Student) Cogan, Nicola (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020
Strathclyde COVID-19 Research Portfolio: Novel testing, digital health support and third sector collaboration for impact on social care
Bedford, Tim (Principal Investigator) Corrigan, Damion (Co-investigator) Dunlop, Mark (Co-investigator) Egan, Kieren (Co-investigator) Fleming, Leanne (Co-investigator) Flowers, Paul (Co-investigator) Grealy, Madeleine (Co-investigator) Hoskisson, Paul (Co-investigator) Hunter, Iain (Co-investigator) Janssen, Xanne (Co-investigator) Kirk, Alison (Co-investigator) Knifton, Lee (Co-investigator) Lenhart, Otto (Co-investigator) Maguire, Roma (Co-investigator) Morton, Alec (Co-investigator) Quinn, Neil (Co-investigator) Scott, Fraser (Co-investigator) Suckling, Colin (Co-investigator) Ward, Andrew (Co-investigator) Williams, Lynn (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 16-Jan-2021
Improving older adults' vaccination uptake: are existing measures of vaccine hesitancy valid and reliabe for older people?
Williams, Lynn (Principal Investigator) Brown Nicholls, Louise (Co-investigator) Cogan, Nicola (Co-investigator) Rasmussen, Susan (Co-investigator) Young, David (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2020
Psychological barriers to seasonal influenza vaccination uptake in those with chronic respiratory disease: A mixed methods study
Williams, Lynn (Principal Investigator) Cogan, Nicola (Co-investigator) Rasmussen, Susan (Co-investigator) Young, David (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2020
The dyadic effects of personality on health in romantic couples
Williams, Lynn (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2019

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