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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

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.

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Better the Devil You Know: Using Lost-Smartphone Scenarios to Explore user Perceptions of Unauthorised Access, Dixon, M., Sillence, E., Nicholson, J., Coventry, L. 16 Oct 2023, EuroUSEC '23, New York, US, ACM
  • Buffering against academic loneliness: The benefits of social media-based peer support during postgraduate study, McLaughlin, C., Sillence, E. 1 Mar 2023, In: Active Learning in Higher Education
  • Chatbots for embarrassing and stigmatizing conditions: could chatbots encourage users to seek medical advice?, Branley-Bell, D., Brown, R., Coventry, L., Sillence, E. 27 Sep 2023, In: Frontiers in Communication
  • Communicating knowledge and embodied experiences of personal menstrual cup use through YouTube, Sillence, E., McKellar, K. 30 Jan 2023, In: Qualitative Health Communication
  • Digital accumulation behaviours and information management in the workplace: exploring the tensions between digital data hoarding, organisational culture and policy, McKellar, K., Sillence, E., Neave, N., Briggs, P. 5 May 2023, In: Behaviour and Information Technology
  • Digital hoarding and personal use digital data, Sillence, E., Dawson, J., Brown, R., McKellar, K., Neave, N. 21 Dec 2023, In: Human-Computer Interaction
  • Examining Healthcare Professionals’ communication around decision-making with internet-informed patients, Walker, L., Sillence, E. 7 May 2023, In: Health Communication
  • Health Stigma on Twitter: Investigating the Prevalence and Type of Stigma Communication in Tweets about Different Conditions and Disorders, Brown, R., Sillence, E., Coventry, L., Branley-Bell, D., Murphy-Morgan, C., Durrant, A. 13 Oct 2023, In: Frontiers in Communication
  • How do students use digital technology to manage their university-based data: Strategies, accumulation difficulties and feelings of overload?, Sillence, E., Dawson, J., McKellar, K., Neave, N. 26 Oct 2023, In: Behaviour and Information Technology
  • Individual Characteristics Associated with Perceptions of Control over Mortality Risk and Determinants of Health Effort, Brown, R., Sillence, E., Pepper, G. 23 Oct 2023, In: Risk Analysis

  • Matt Dixon Contextualising Smartphone Cybersecurity perceptions through the Extended Self Start Date: 06/09/2022
  • 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 the information needs of perinatal women: The role of technology support tools for new mothers Start Date: 01/10/2017 End Date: 23/06/2023
  • 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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