Professor Rebecca Lawton

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Professor in Health Psychology

Rebecca Lawton is a health psychologist. She graduated from University of Nottingham with a BA in Psychology in 1991. In 1994 Rebecca was awarded a PhD from the University of Manchester, the culmination of an ESRC (Case) studentship working with Professor James Reason and investigating the role of procedural violations in railway accidents. Rebecca stayed at Manchester, working as a Research Fellow on two research projects; the first, a Department for Transport funded project investigating the psychological predictors of speeding while driving and the second, an ESRC funded project, investigating the attitudes and behaviour of healthcare professionals to the increasing regulation of their work. In 1999 Rebecca took up a post at the University of Leeds as a lecturer and was later promoted to Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology. Rebecca has attracted research funding from the ESRC, DH, NIHR, British Academy and Bupa Foundation and has published over 50 peer reviewed articles. Her current research interests focus on applying psychological theory to improving health and health care services. More specifically, Rebecca carries out research on human factors and patient safety, patient involvement in patient safety, the uptake of evidence based practice as well as more traditional health psychology research investigating determinants of health risk behaviours, implementation intentions and emotional influences on health behaviours.


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Research Interests

Understanding human error from a psychological perspective

Developing and testing patient safety interventions

Patient involvement in patient safety

Uptake of evidence based practice

Predicting and changing health and professional behaviours

The influence of emotion on behaviour and decision making

The promotion of physical activity in the workplace 


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