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Dr Liz Sillence

Associate Professor

Department: Psychology

Dr Liz Sillence completed her PhD At Birmingham University in 2003 and joined the Department of Psychology at Northumbria University later that year. She is a founding member of the PaCT (Psychology and Communication Technologies) Lab. Liz leads undergraduate modules in eHealth and research placements on the MRes programme and contributes to research supervision of undergraduate, Masters and PhD students. Liz’s current research interest centre on ehealth and she is currently investigating the trust and privacy issues associated with the technological sharing of personal health data. Liz is also a member of the hoarding research group within the department investigating the cybersecurity issues related to digital hoarding.

Liz Sillence

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Liz is an eHealth researcher, examining psychological aspects of users’ online interactions around eHealth information. She works at the intersection of psychology and digital technology and her research has a strong focus on trust and identity. She seeks to understand how people interact with digital information and advice and how they use it to inform their health decision-making and improve their wellbeing. There is a strong practical element to her research, in which she strives to see her findings applied to positive effect in the design and development of online resources for patients.  

Understanding the interaction between users and their digital information is at the heart of Liz's research and the application of psychology to risky informational settings has allowed her to examine trust, identity and wellbeing around digital information management in relation to security and the hoarding of digital data.

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Exploring British adolescents’ views and experiences of problematic smartphone use and smartphone etiquette, Conlin, M., Sillence, E. 18 Feb 2021, In: Journal of Gambling Issues
  • Facebook Social Use and Anxiety: A Replication Attempt, Sillence, E., Saxton, T., Pollet, T. 9 Jul 2021, In: Human Communication & Technology
  • "I'm finally allowed to be me": Parent-Child Estrangement and Psychological Wellbeing, Linden, A., Sillence, E. 1 Jul 2021, In: Families, Relationships and Societies
  • 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
  • Self-Compassion, Psychological Resilience, and Social Media Use among Thai and British University Students, Boonlue, T., Sillence, E. 30 Jun 2021, In: Journal of Social Science and Humanities
  • Understanding the Barriers and Facilitators to Sharing Patient-Generated Health Data Using Digital Technology for People Living with Long-Term Health Conditions: A Narrative Review, Simpson, E., Brown, R., Sillence, L., Coventry, L., Lloyd, K., Gibbs, J., Tariq, S., Durrant, A. 18 Oct 2021, In: Frontiers in Public Health
  • Web-based behavioral intervention utilizing narrative persuasion for HIV prevention among Chinese men who have sex with men (HeHe Talks Project): Intervention development, Xin, M., Coulson, N., Jiang, C., Sillence, E., Chidgey, A., Kwan, N., Mak, W., Goggins, W., Lau, J., Mo, P. 16 Sep 2021, In: Journal of Medical Internet Research
  • Becoming a professional: The five pillars of identification in Occupational Psychology in the UK, Elsey, V., Thompson, N., Sillence, E., Longstaff, L., Moss, M. 18 Jun 2020, In: InPractice: The EAWOP Practitioners E-Journal
  • Cyber-risk in healthcare: Exploring facilitators and barriers to secure behaviour, Coventry, L., Branley-Bell, D., Sillence, E., Magalini, S., Mari, P., Magkanaraki, A., Kalliopi, A. 2020, HCI for Cybersecurity, Privacy and Trust, Switzerland, Springer
  • Exploring the emotional experiences of alcohol hangover syndrome in healthy UK-based adults, Milton, I., Sillence, E., Mitchell, M. 3 May 2020, In: Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy

PGR Supervision

  • Lauren Bussey The use and integration of online information in health decision making Start Date: 01/10/2015 End Date: 10/05/2019
  • Kerry McKellar Developing a brief online sexual health intervention for low Socio Economic Status female teenagers Start Date: 08/04/2016 End Date: 26/03/2018
  • Emma Kemp Understanding (Digital) Information Sharing of pregnant and postpartum mothers Start Date: 01/10/2017
  • Emma Kemp Start Date: 01/10/2017 End Date: 28/09/2019


  • Computer Studies PhD December 12 2003
  • Design Studies MSc September 01 1998

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