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 vaccine hesitancy, antimicrobial resistance and covid-19. 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 three Chief Scientist Office funded projects. One examining the positive changes that have happened as a result of Covid-19 social distancing, 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   £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. & 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.

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

Towards intervention development to increase the uptake of COVID-19 vaccination among those at high risk : outlining evidence-based and theoretically informed future intervention content
Williams Lynn, Gallant Allyson J, Rasmussen Susan, Brown Nicholls Louise A, Cogan Nicola, Deakin Karen, Young David, Flowers Paul
British Journal of Health Psychology (2020)
https://doi.org/10.1111/bjhp.12468
Cognitive and emotional determinants of influenza vaccination : testing the effects of an anticipated regret manipulation
Williams Lynn, Irving Abbie
UK Society for Behavioural Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting (2020)
The dyadic effects of Type D personality on health in romantic couples
Williams Lynn, Ashford-Smith Sarah, Cobban Laura, Fitzsimmons Rebecca, Sukhatme Vedika, Hunter Simon
Psychology and Health, pp. 1-21 (2019)
Does your partner's personality affect your health?
Williams Lynn, Ashford-Smith Sarah, Cobban Laura, Fitzsimmons Rebecca, Sukhatme Vedika, Hunter Simon
33rd Annual Conference of the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS 2019) (2019)
Want to be healthy and happy? Choose a conscientious partner
Williams Lynn
(2019)
Does your partner's personality affect your health? Actor and partner effects of the big five personality traits
Williams Lynn, Ashford-Smith Sarah, Cobban Laura, Fitzsimmons Rebecca, Sukhatme Vedika, Hunter Simon
Personality and Individual Differences (2019)

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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 vaccine hesitancy, antimicrobial resistance, and Covid-19. 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

Infographic - Factors affecting flu vaccination in adults with chronic respiratory conditions in Scotland
Recipient
2020
Explorathon 2019 - Flu Vaccination Project
Contributor
27/9/2019
BMC Psychology (Journal)
Associate Editor
2018
External Examiner - BSc Psychology, Queen Margaret University
External Examiner
2015
British Psychological Society (The) (External organisation)
Member
2014
Higher Education Academy (FHEA) (External organisation)
Member
2009

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Projects

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 - 30-Jan-2020
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
The effects of an anticipated regret intervention on intention to get the annual flu vaccination
Williams, Lynn (Principal Investigator)
Funded by a Carnegie Undergraduate Vacation Scholarship, undertaken by Abbie Irving
01-Jan-2019
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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