Our Research Team

Meet our team

Jo Hart

Dr Jo Hart is a health psychologist and reader, and deputy head of the Division of Medical Education at the University of Manchester. Her research includes development and implementation of interventions for healthcare professionals to talk to patients about lifestyle behaviour change; methods to reduce prescription error; and development and evaluation of behaviour change techniques and measures in healthcare professional education.

Lucie Byrne-Davis

Dr Lucie Byrne-Davis is a health psychologist and senior lecturer in assessment and psychometrics in the Division of Medical Education at the University of Manchester. Her research includes assessment of the benefits of international working and learning for healthcare professional development; assessment of health-related competencies; and assessment of behaviour and behavioural determinants applied to education.

Chris Armitage

Professor Chris Armitage is a Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Manchester School of Psychological Sciences. His research is about behaviour and behaviour change and he is particularly interested in the role of the volitional help sheet in increasing implementation of intentions into practice. He is extensively published and has held numerous research grants from charities and research councils. He is on the editorial board and is associate editor for a number of psychology journals.

Marie Johnston

Marie Johnston is a Registered Health and Clinical Psychologist, and Emeritus Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Aberdeen. She is a Fellow of the BPS, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Academy of Medical Sciences and Academician of the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences. She conducts research on disability (theory, measurement and intervention) and on behaviour change in health and healthcare contexts. In 1986, she became the first chair of the Health Psychology section of the BPS and in 1992, the second president of the European Health Psychology Society. She has served on numerous BPS committees and in 1994 gained the BPS President’s Award. In 2014 she was named on the Science Council’s list of the UK’s top 100 scientists. Her previous posts were at the University of St Andrews, London University (Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine) and Oxford University, having completed her BSc at the University of Aberdeen and PhD at the University of Hull.

Ged Byrne

Is Dean Director of Education & Quality at Health Education North. Ged is a surgeon by profession. Having graduated in Manchester in 1989, he trained in Manchester, Scotland, India and the West Midlands returning to Manchester as a clinical lecturer in 1997. Having been appointed a senior lecturer and consultant in 2000, he was appointed Hospital Dean in South Manchester in 2004. Ged founded the Universities’ Medical Assessment Partnership in 2003 and became the founder director of the Medical Schools’ Council Assessment Alliance. Ged also lead the establishment of the University Hospital of South Manchester Academy in 2009. In 2010 he became Professor of Medical Education at the University of Manchester (UoM) and was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy. In 2012 Ged became Associate Dean for Communications at the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences at UoM and an honorary Professor of Health Sciences at The University of Salford. He took up his current position with Health Education England in 2014.

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