Lis Cordingley

Lis Cordingley, PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS


Personal profile


  • Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology, Division of Musculoskeletal and Dermatological Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester
  • Founder Chair of the North West Health Psychology Research Network prior to establishment of Manchester Centre for Health Psychology
  • Former Committee Member British Psychological Society: Division of Health Psychology Practitioner Committee


After several years teaching and lecturing I began a full-time PhD in the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences at the University of Manchester. I started as a lecturer in the School of Medicine in 2000.  

Current research focus: 

  • psychological aspects of long-term physical illness, particuarly inflammatory joint and skin conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis (adults),  juvenile arthritis, psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis.
  • pain assessment and communication
  • psychological and physical comorbidities of inflammatory diseases
  • self-management including adherence to medication and lifestyle behaviour changes
  • training health professionals to optimise consultations
  • patient reported outcome measures

Research interests

Psychological aspects of long-term physical health conditions (inflammatory msk and dermatological conditions: juvenile arthritis, adult inflammatory arthritis, psoriasis,  chronic pain

  • Illness and treatment beliefs as predictors of outcome
  • Adherence (to medication and lifestyle change advice)
  • Co-morbidity
  • Assessing outcomes (pain, quality of life, coping)

Psychological interventions for long-term conditions

Prevention and impact of suicide


Staff Training and Development: 

Psychological management and interventions in long-term conditions for health professionals, CPD and NHS Trusts.

Designer of and lead trainer for Problem Based Learning (PBL) & Enquiry Based Learning for tutors at the University of Manchester, in Medicine (MBChB programme)


Teaching: MSc Clinical and Health Psychology, MSc Skin Ageing

Former External examiner MSc Programme, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Undergraduate Medicine

Leadership: Co-author of National Psychology Core curriculum for Undergraduate Medical Education (ratified by GMC, BPS)

Designer and former lead for Essential Skills Induction programme for all new Manchester Medical Students

Teaching: (MBChB) Psychological Medicine, Portfolio teaching and academic advisor (Medicine), supervision of medical student research projects.

My collaborations


  • Professor Wendy Thomson (Pain in Juvenile Arthritis)
  • Dr Janet McDonagh Paediatric rheumatology
  • Dr Sarah Peters Manchester Centre for Health Psychology
  • Professors Christopher Griffiths and Richard Warren, Manchester Centre for Dermatology Research, University of Manchester 
  • Professor Darren Ashcroft, Dr Rachael Thorneloe School of Pharmacy
  • Professors Anne Barton, Kimme Hyrich, University of Manchester
  • Dr John McBeth, Reader in  Pain Epidemiology

Current and Previous PhD students

  • Dr Claire Reid – Evaluation of the PsoWell Rapid Access Psoriasis Clinic [current]
  • Danielle Mountain - pain in inflammatory and non-inflammatory musculoskeletal conditions in children and young people [current]
  • Dr Rebecca Lee - Pain assessment in children and young people with juvenile idiopathic arthritis [PhD awarded 2018]
  • Dr Holly Hope - adherence to medication in rheumatoid arthritis [PhD awarded 2018]
  • Dr Alasdair Henry - Psoriasis and Sleep [PhD awarded 2018]
  • Dr Daniela Ghio - Pain beliefs in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis [PhD Awarded 2016)]Lisa Auker - The role of exercise on cardiovascular disease risk in psoriasis [PhD Awarded 2016]
  • Dr Chris Keyworth - Risk communication in screening and preventative health behaviour [PhD awarded 2015]
  • Dr Dimitra Karachaliou - Clinicians beliefs about depression management in the context of co-morbid longterm conditions [PhD awarded 2015]
  • Dr Rachael Thorneloe - iMAP Study of adherence to psoriasis medication [PhD Awarded 2014]
  • Dr Kathy Perryman - Developing a taxonomy of effective training interventions [PhD Awarded 2014]
  • Dr Debbie Brown - Pain and ageing [PhD Awarded 2013]
  • Dr Sharon McDonnell [PhD Awarded 2006]
  • Dr Magdalene Fiddler [PhD Awarded 2006]

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • Chartered Psychologist (Health)
  • Registered as a Health Psychologist with Health and Care Professions Council
  • British Psychological Society: Full member of  Division of Health Psychology
  • Former Member of the Practitioner sub-committee of the Division of Health Psychology
  • Member of the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine
  • Member of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
  • Co-founder of BeSST in Medicine (Behavioural & Social Sciences Teaching in Medicine)

Methodological knowledge

  • Outcome measures and scale development
  • Longitudinal research
  • Q Methodology and Repertory Grids
  • Mixed Methodology research
  • Qualitative methods (Framework Analysis, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis)


  • BSc Joint Hons Statistics and Psychology, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
  • MSc Applied Psychology, University of Manchester
  • PhD, University of Manchester
  • Chartered Psychologist (Health)
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society

Social responsibility

Design and delivery of training on supporting families bereaved by suicide. Collaborators on this project include colleagues at the Centre for Suicide Prevention and the charity, If U Care Share Foundation.

Board member of YOUNG IDENTITY - a poetry and creative writing collective for young people in Manchester aged 13-25

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures


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