Prof Gerry Humphris

Prof Gerry Humphris
Professor of Health Psychology

I graduated from University of Reading (BSc Hons degree in Psychology), awarded a PhD from Guy’s Hospital, University of London as a result of my investigations into parental and child attitudes and behaviour with regard to health. I obtained my clinical psychology training from Liverpool University (MClinPsychol) and worked as a NHS clinical psychologist before becoming a full-time Lecturer at the University of Liverpool in 1991, where I became the Director of Communication Skills for the School of Medicine. While at the University of Manchester, I continued my interest in health provider/patient communication before taking up the post of Chair in Health Psychology at the University of St Andrews.

My undergraduate and postgraduate teaching focuses on the application of psychological principles in the delivery of health care, with a link to cognitive and behavioural outcomes. I am keen to encourage the study of health psychology in medicine and other health care professions, including applied psychologists.

I continue to develop the field of communication and health. I collaborate with members of the European Association for Communication in Health Care, with partners in two recent EU projects (ORION, TRIP) and a CIHR funded project (HeNCeLIFE) in Montreal.

The fields of health I concentrate on are oral health, head and neck cancer and health behaviour. Through the discovery of underlying processes to promote training and change in practice, I hope to demonstrate that the detailed analysis of person-to-person interaction improves outcomes.

School Roles:

  • Director of MSc Health Psychology
  • Convenor of School Ethics Committee

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Research Overview from research@st-andrews

The Humphris Group is interested in the psychological aspects of oral health including dental phobia, chronic facial pain and oral cancer. We have completed a controlled trial of a new intervention specifically designed for patients following treatment of orofacial cancer. The association of mental health status and various functions of the face following initial treatment, and the psychological effects of providing information about oral cancer to patients are our current fields of interest

source: research@st-andrews
Recent publications listed in research@st-andrews
Rana, R, Latif, S, Gururajan, R, Gray, A, Mackenzie, G, Humphris, G & Dunn, J 2019, 'Automated screening for distress: a perspective for the future' European Journal of Cancer Care, vol. Early View, e13033.
Mutsaers, B, Lebel, S, Butow, P, Dinkel, A, Humphris, G, Maheu, C, Ozakinci, G, Prins, J, Sharpe, L, Smith, AB & Thewes, B 2018, 'Defining features of clinical fear of cancer recurrence: The results of an international Delphi study' Psycho-Oncology, vol. 27, pp. 52-52.
Tauber, N, O'Toole, M, Zachariae, R, Galica, J, Humphris, G, Lebel, S, Maheu, C, Ozakinci, G, Prins, J, Sharpe, L, Smith, AB, Thewes, B, Simard, S & Dinkel, A 2018, 'The effect of psychological intervention on fear of cancer recurrence: A systematic review and meta-analysis' Psycho-Oncology, vol. 27, pp. 53-53.
Crombie, IK, Irvine, L, Williams, B, Sniehotta, FF, Petrie, D, Jones, C, Norrie, J, Evans, JMM, Emslie, C, Rice, PM, Slane, PW, Humphris, G, Ricketts, IW, Melson, AJ, Donnan, PT, Hapca, SM, McKenzie, A & Achison, M 2018, 'Texting to Reduce Alcohol Misuse (TRAM): main findings from a randomized controlled trial of a text message intervention to reduce binge drinking among disadvantaged men' Addiction, vol. 113, no. 9.
Clarkson, JE, Pitts, NB, Bonetti, D, Boyers, D, Braid, H, Elford, R, Fee, PA, Floate, R, Goulão, B, Humphris, G, Needleman, I, Norrie, JDT, Ord, F, van der Pol, M, Ramsay, CR, Ricketts, DNJ, Worthington, HV, Young, L, Anderson, T, Burke, T, Dolan, P, Douglas, G, Freeman, R, Gorter, R, Herbert, R, Hodge, P, Mettes, D, McCombes, W, Ross, M, White, D & INTERVAL Trial Collaboration 2018, 'INTERVAL (investigation of NICE technologies for enabling risk-variable-adjusted-length) dental recalls trial: a multicentre randomised controlled trial investigating the best dental recall interval for optimum, cost-effective maintenance of oral health in dentate adults attending dental primary care' BMC Oral Health, vol. 18, 135.
Crombie, IK, Irvine, L, Williams, B, Sniehotta, FF, Petrie, DJ, Jones, C, Norrie, J, Evans, JMM, Emslie, C, Rice, PM, Slane, PW, Humphris, G, Ricketts, IW, Melson, AJ, Donnan, PT, McKenzie, A, Huang, L & Achison, M 2018, 'Text message intervention to reduce frequency of binge drinking among disadvantaged men: the TRAM RCT' Public Health Research, vol. 6, no. 6.
Mercer, SW, Zhou, Y, Humphris, GM, McConnachie, A, Bakhshi, A, Bikker, A, Higgins, M, Little, P, Fitzpatrick, B & Watt, GCM 2018, 'Multimorbidity and socioeconomic deprivation in primary care consultations' Annals of Family Medicine, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 127-131.