Dr Gareth Hollands

at University College London (UCL)

Research Associate, Behaviour and Health Research Unit (BHRU), University of Cambridge

Gareth Hollands currently work focuses on a range of evidence reviews and primary research projects examining the most effective ways to change health behaviour at the population level.

His research interests include:

  • The effects of risk communication on health behaviour and underlying cognitive and emotional mechanisms
  • The role of automatic or non-reflective processes in behaviour change
  • Evidence synthesis and its methods, principally in relation to behavioural interventions

Following an undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology, Dr Hollands worked in a clinical psychology setting in neurological rehabilitation and mental health. He went on to spent a year in San Francisco, USA working in an HIV research unit.

After an MSc in Health Psychology at University College London, Gareth completed a PhD in Health Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, awarded in 2010. His thesis examined the cognitive, emotional and behavioural impact of visual images used in the communication of health risk.