Behavioural Medicine

Globally, chronic disease prevalence is high and rising as a result of changing tobacco use, diets and activity levels. Most chronic disease can be prevented or controlled by self-management of these risk factors. While there is some evidence supporting the use of health behaviour change interventions, there is scope to develop more effective interventions, as well as developing the underpinning evidence and theoretical frameworks on which these are based. Most work has focused on applying such interventions within higher income countries (HICs); the need to develop robust behaviour change interventions suitable for delivery in lower income countries (LICs) is particularly acute.

Bringing together expertise across the University of Leeds, we are looking to expand our research activities in the development of theory-based health behaviour change interventions in HICs and in LICs. The successful candidate(s) will be expected to develop a programme of health behaviour change research appropriate for HICs and/or LICs, including making use of randomised controlled trial methodology. We anticipate that the successful Fellow(s) will collaborate extensively with established research teams in Psychology, Clinical Trials and Applied Health Research.

You will be a highly motivated individual with a demonstrable track record of high quality research in socially-directed health behaviour change. Interest and expertise in socially-directed behaviour change techniques (e.g., norm-, partner- and/or network-based interventions) to prevent/tackle cardiovascular and other chronic diseases in LICs and/or HICs would be particularly welcomed but candidates able to present a compelling case for the investigation of other potentially effective health behaviour change techniques are also encouraged to apply. You will demonstrate a clear aptitude for developing innovative, collaborative research projects on a trajectory to support their academic career.

University Grade 8 (£38,511 to £45,954)

For informal enquiries about the roles please contact Professor James Newell, tel: +44 (0)113 343 6950, email: or Dr Andrew Prestwich, tel: +44 (0)113 343 8559, email:

For general enquiries please contact Sarah Clark, tel: +44 (0)113 343 2701, email: or Louise Walton, tel: +44 (0)113 343 5709, email:

Ref: MHFW1000