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Dr Liz Sillence

Senior Lecturer

Department: Psychology

Liz Sillence Staffprofile Northumbriauniversity255Liz is a Senior Lecturer within the Department of Psychology teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. She is a member of the PACT (Psychology and Communication Technologies) Lab - part of the Centre for Cognition and Communication.


BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Her research interests are focussed on trust and online interactions particularly within an e-health context. Liz is currently exploring trust exchanges within online health communities and examining the influence of online patient experience on behaviour and decision making.

Liz has also written on ethical issues in mobile human-computer-interaction and has a keen interest in qualitative methodologies.  She has attracted (as Col) large research council grants both in the UK and jointly with colleagues in the USA. She has published over 30 articles on trust, privacy and online communication and regularly presents her work at national and international conference. She has been a guest editor for the journal of Interacting with Computers and the International Journal of Human Computer Studies.

Sponsors and Collaborators

Current collaborators include:
Oxford University (Sue Ziebland, Louise Locock)
Sussex University (Peter Harris)
Sunderland University (Nicola Davinson)
Jyväsyklä University (Antii Pirhonen)

Current/Recent Projects

2009 NIHR Programme Grant (£2m) Patient Experience Online.  Northumbria grant approx £280K

2009 USAD Grant .Enhancement of Educational and Extension Communications for the Prevention of Milkborne Diseases. Northumbria grant approx 80k

Key Publications

Sillence, E., Hardy, C. Briggs, P & Harris, P.R. (2013). How do people with asthma use Internet sites containing patient experiences? Patient Education and Counseling.  DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2013.01.009

Sillence, E. and Mo, P. K. H. (2012), Communicating health decisions: an analysis of messages posted to online prostate cancer forums. Health Expectations. doi: 10.1111/j.1369-7625.2011.00745.x

Harris, PR, Sillence, E., Briggs, P. (2011). Perceived Threat and Corroboration: Key Factors That Improve a Predictive Model of Trust in Internet-based Health Information and Advice. (J Med Internet Res 2011;13(3):e51) doi:10.2196/jmir.1821

Davinson, N & Sillence, E. (2010). It won't happen to me: Promoting secure behaviour among internet users. Computers in Human Behavior Volume 26, Issue 6, November 2010, Pages 1739-1747

Harris, P. R. Sillence, E. & Briggs, P. (2009). The effect of trust-related design cues on responses to a Web-based message about the breast cancer risks from alcohol. J Med Internet Res.

Pirhonen, A & Sillence, E. (2009). Getting Connected: At What Cost? Some Ethical Issues in Mobile HCI. International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction (IJMHCI) Vol. 1, Issue 3, 9-17.

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