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After studying at the University of Strathclyde, Lorna McWilliams completed her PhD at the University of Nottingham in 2013. She then spent time in a research lab at the City University of New York and as a behavioural scientist at Food Dudes Health Ltd/Bangor University before joining the Christie Patient Centred Research (CPCR) group at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust. In October 2018 she moved to the University of Manchester as Research Associate in the Manchester Centre for Health Psychology and maintains an honorary position within CPCR.

Lorna now works as a Research Fellow and is currently funded by Breast Cancer Now, NIHR and Cancer Research UK.


2005-2009 BA (Hons) Psychology, University of Strathclyde

2009-2010 MRes Research Methods in Psychology, University of Strathclyde

2010-2013 PhD Psychology (Applied Psychology & Psychiatry), University of Nottingham

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Women in Cancer Network 

UK Society for Behavioural Medicine (Cancer Prevention and Screening Specialist Interest Group)

Research interests

Behaviour change, implementation science, healthcare decision-making, risk communication, cancer prevention and early detection, health inequalities, comorbidity/multi-morbidity


MSc Clinical & Health Psychology / MSc Health psychology:

  • Research project supervision
  • Teaching on Illness and Healthcare unit (PSYC69852)

PhD supervision

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 5 - Gender Equality

External positions

Christie Patient Centred Research, The Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

21 Dec 2015 → …

Areas of expertise

  • BF Psychology

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Cancer
  • Manchester Cancer Research Centre


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