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Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Dr Branley-Bell is a chartered psychologist (cPsychol.) specialising in cyberpsychology. Her research interests include internet/social media use, health and wellbeing, and online behaviour. She has a keen interest in online communication around eating disorders, and self-harm, and the use of tech for health-related interventions. Other interests include exploring the positive side of internet usage, cybersecurity, and behaviour change. Dr Branley-Bell is a committee member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) cyberpsychology section, and editorial team member for the BPS Cyberpsychology Bulletin.

Key Publications

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  • #BetterHealth: A qualitative analysis of reactions to the UK government’s better health campaign, Talbot, C., Branley-Bell, D. 10 Jan 2021, In: Journal of Health Psychology
  • Developing and Validating a Behavioural Model of Cyberinsurance Adoption, Branley-Bell, D., Gómez, Y., Coventry, L., Vila, J., Briggs, P. 24 Aug 2021, In: Sustainability
  • Digitalization and Democracy: Thoughts to the discussion on E-Voting, Seuchter, G., Branley-Bell, D., Prossnegg, S. 1 Mar 2021, Cybergovernance, Bern, Weblaw
  • “It is the only constant in what feels like a completely upside down and scary world”: Living with an Eating Disorder during COVID-19 and the importance of perceived control for recovery and relapse., Branley-Bell, D., Talbot, C. 1 Dec 2021, In: Appetite
  • Like this meta-analysis: Screen media and mental health, Ferguson, C., Kaye, L., Branley-Bell, D., Markey, P., Ivory, J., Klisanin, D., Elson, M., Smyth, M., Hogg, J., McDonnell, D., Nichols, D., Siddiqui, S., Gregerson, M., Wilson, J. 25 Oct 2021, In: Professional Psychology: Research and Practice
  • Promoting colorectal cancer screening: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials of interventions to increase uptake, Tsipa, A., O'Connor, D., Branley-Bell, D., Day, F., Hall, L., Sykes-Muskett, B., Wilding, S., Taylor, N., Conner, M. 3 Jul 2021, In: Health Psychology Review
  • Promoting Cybersecurity Culture Change in Healthcare, Branley-Bell, D., Coventry, L., Sillence, E. 29 Jun 2021, PETRA 2021: The 14th PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments Conference, New York, ACM
  • Resilience and vulnerability factors influence the cortisol awakening response in individuals vulnerable to suicide, O'Connor, D., Branley-Bell, D., Green, J., Ferguson, E., O'Carroll, R., O'Connor, R. 1 Oct 2021, In: Journal of Psychiatric Research
  • Six tips for coping when the news is getting to you, Branley-Bell, D. 15 Mar 2021

Professional Activity

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Membership of committee: The British Psychological Society (External organisation) 2021
  • Editorial work: Frontiers in Psychology (Journal) 2020
  • Editorial work: The British Psychological Society (Publisher) 2020
  • Editorial work: BPS Cyberpsychology Bulletin (Journal) 2019
  • Membership of committee: The British Psychological Society (External organisation) 2019


  • Psychology PhD August 07 2017
  • Psychology MRes October 01 2010
  • Psychology BSc (Hons) July 01 2008

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