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.
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 vaccine hesitancy, antimicrobial resistance and seasonal/pandemic influenza. I am also interested in the link between personality factors and health outcomes, and have researched a number of personality constructs, including Type D personality.
I am currently Principal Investigator on two Chief Scientist Office funded projects examining vaccine hesitancy. One investigating 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 £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. & 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.
I have supervised 6 PhD students to successful completion and welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students interested in the above areas.
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.
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.