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Professor Neil Coulson

Professor Neil Coulson

Professor Neil Coulson is Chair of the East Midlands Regional Advisory Committee for the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Programme.

Neil is Professor of Health Psychology in the Division of Rehabilitation & Ageing, School of Medicine at the University of Nottingham. He is both a Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society) and Registered Health Psychologist (Health and Care Professions Council). He completed his MA (Hons) Psychology at the University of St. Andrews followed by his MSc Health Promotion & Health Education at the University of Edinburgh and finally his PhD Health Psychology at the University of Exeter.

He has held a number of senior positions within the British Psychological Society (e.g. Chair of the BPS Division of Health Psychology; Chair of the BPS Division of Health Psychology Training Committee; Chief Assessor in Health Psychology) and has made a significant contribution to the development of health psychology training within the UK.

Prior to taking up his role as Chair of the RfPB East Midlands Advisory Committee, he served four years as committee member. In addition, he served for three years as a member of the NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowships Committee and continues to serve as a methodologist (specialising in behavioural science/health psychology) on the Programme Grants for Applied Research Committee D.

His research has focused on the role of the Internet and social media in supporting those affected by long-term conditions (both physical and mental health). He has a particular interest in the role of online peer support groups and has published extensively in this area. Other interests include the application of psychological theory to the design and development of digital interventions to support behaviour change across the lifespan.