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Teaching Activity

I teach on both the BSc Psychology (single & joint hons) and MSc Health Psychology (on campus & online) programmes. I am also joint Head of Final Year for the BSc Psychology programme. I supervise research projects for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Undergraduate modules

  • PY3022 Psychology of Physical Activity & Exercise (module convenor)
  • PY2240 Lifespan Development
  • PY3351 Child Development

Postgraduate modules

  • PYM703 Health Behaviours (module convenor)
  • PYM733 Health Behaviours (module convenor)
  • PYM704 Health Inequalities through the lifespan
  • PYM707 Research Project
  • PYM737 Research Project

Research Interests

My research is inspired by a desire to understand the complex determinants of human behaviour relating to health, and to develop interventions to empower and enable individuals to live healthier lives. Health behaviour during pregnancy and early childhood has such an influence on lifelong health and wellbeing that I am driven to find ways to support parents and health professionals in their desire to give children a healthy start and develop positive health behaviours for life. Therefore my main research topics are:

  • Maternal obesity and weight management in pregnancy
  • Physical activity and sedentary behaviour in pregnancy
  • Parental engagement in family weight management/healthy lifestyle services
  • Development and evaluation of theory- and evidence-based behaviour change interventions
  • Assessment and development of behaviour change competencies in health professionals

PhD Supervision

I currently supervise six PhD students, three at Aston University and three at Coventry University. The PhDs under my supervision all relate to behaviour change, mostly relating to physical activity, and cover the lifespan, from children to adults and older adults. 


Aug 2017 - Present - Lecturer in Psychology, Aston University

Nov 2010 - July 2017 - Senior Researcher/Research Fellow, Coventry University

Feb 2008 - Nov 2010 - Research Assistant, Coventry University


Contact Details

Phone:  0121 204 4541
Email:   l.atkinson1@aston.ac.uk
Room number: SW410f

Education/Academic qualification


Award Date: 17 Jan 2017

MSc, University of Bedfordshire

Award Date: 1 Jul 2007


Award Date: 1 Jul 1997

External positions

Associate Editor

May 2018 → …


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