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Emily McBride


  • Clinical Lecturer in Health Psychology, Psychology
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    Dr Emily McBride was awarded a PhD in Behavioural Science from University College London (UCL) in 2020, completing part of this at Yale University though winning a Yale-UCL scholarship. Before joining the IoPPN, she was a Senior Research Fellow at UCL where she held a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) doctoral fellowship from 2017-2021. She continues to hold this senior fellow appointment at UCL now in an honorary capacity.


    Now appointed as a clinical academic psychologist at IoPPN in 2023, Dr McBride splits her time between research and clinical practice. She is clinically qualified as a Health Psychologist and completed her Doctorate-level Stage 2 Qualification in 2015, via the funded NHS training route in Edinburgh. After various post-training NHS roles across different health specialities, she is currently Principal (Lead) Health Psychologist in Bariatric Surgery for an NHS trust in London. She has completed additional clinical training in modalities such as EMDR and ACT and is also an accredited BPS Stage 2 Health Psychology Supervisor.


    Dr McBride is passionate about generating impact through public policy and health practice. She was previously seconded as a Senior Advisor in Behavioural Science for the UK Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC); and has worked closely with Public Health England (PHE) and senior NHS Policy Teams. She was also Policy Lead for the British Psychological Society (BPS), Division of Health Committee between 2018 and 2022; and was a member of the BPS COVID-19 Behavioural Science and Disease Prevention Taskforce. 


    In recognition of the wide-ranging impact of her work, Dr McBride has won several national awards. She received the prestigious annual award of ‘Best Public Health Professional Researcher’ from PHE and NIHR in 2020. She also won the ‘Excellence in Health Psychology Early Career Award 2021’ from the British Psychological Society, Division of Health. Her PhD thesis was awarded the annual PhD Prize in 2021 from the Society of Academic Primary Care.


    She is an Associate Editor for the British Journal of Health Psychology.

    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


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