The key focus of the Aberdeen Health Psychology Group is to study and advance psychological principles and theories in real-life settings; improve research methods; and apply this knowledge in the design and evaluation of (complex) interventions to improve health, well-being, and the efficiency of health services.

The group lead is Professor Diane Dixon. The senior professorial team also includes Emeritus Professor Derek Johnston and Emeritus Professor Marie Johnston. Our lecturing team is comprised of Dr. Julia Allan, Dr Chantal den DaasDr. Clare CooperDr. Dan Powell and Ms. Corina Weir. For our research fellows, PhD-students, and other health psychology collaborators within the Institute of Applied Health Sciences and the NHS, see our People tab. Our list of members includes some of our most important collaborators within and outside of the University of Aberdeen.

Although our research is not restricted solely to these areas, we advance and apply our methods and theories mainly in the following four domains:

Health Psychology research domains

We offer a British Psychological Society accredited MSc Health Psychology that meets Stage 1 of the professional requirements for training as a Chartered Health Psychologist.

We collaborate with a range of disciplines within and outside of the University, including Psychology, Health Services Research, Health EconomicsAcademic Primary Care, Rowett Institute, Epidemiology, and researchers who work in the NHS.

The group is involved in Scottish, British and European health psychology organisations. Our research is funded by agencies such as the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK (CRUK), the Chief Scientists Office (CSO), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and others.

Our research is regularly published in discipline specific journals such as Health Psychology, British Journal of Health Psychology, Psychology & Health, Annals of Behavioural Medicine, and Health Psychology Review; general medical journals such JAMA Internal Medicine, and BMJ; and many other journals more specific to the applied field.


Academic and Research Staff

Member - collaborators

Postgraduate Students

Alumni and Associates

Teaching / Training

British Psychological Society logoThe Aberdeen Health Psychology Group co-ordinate and deliver a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited postgraduate MSc in Health Psychology.

The course runs for 12 months full time (24 months part time) from September each year and successful completion confers Stage 1 of the BPS training requirements for Chartered Health Psychologist status.

Details of the programme content, entry requirements, and application procedures can be found in the online prospectus.

Short Courses

The Health Psychology group runs a short course programme to provide training in design and analysis of intensive longitudinal studies.

Contact Us

Aberdeen Health Psychology Group

School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition
University of Aberdeen
1st Floor, Health Sciences Building
Foresterhill Campus
AB25 2ZD