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Christine Bundy  PhD, AFBPS C Psychol (Health)

Professor Christine Bundy

PhD, AFBPS C Psychol (Health)

Professor of Health Psychology/Behavioural Medicine; Research Theme Lead - Optimising Well-being in Health and Illness, Management of Long-Term Conditions

School of Healthcare Sciences

+44 29206 87842
Eastgate House, Room Room 13.7, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 0AB
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am a Health Psychologist specialising in behaviour change, management of health anxiety and well-being research. I have a number of active, externally funded research projects, please see my research page. The areas I research fall broadly into patient facing and staff facing.

Some of the patient facing research I conduct includes applying and evaluating psychological interventions for patients with long-term conditions (particularly complex and multiple conditions). I am currently working with people who have inflammatory skin and joint conditions including psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and I have developed new measures in this area and I am currently developing a mobile health application for people with serious skin conditions.

Some of the staff focing research includes developing integrated multi-disciplinary services across these long-term conditions that includes psychological support as part of the service provision and I am researching the best service models to address this.

I also provide training to all health professions to deliver good first-line psychological care including using motivational interviewing techniques to support patient engagement, self-management and behaviour change for risk reduction. I am currenly evaluating support for NHS staff reporting moral injury after deployment for the Pandemic response. 

I am an experienced PhD supervisor (more than 20 successfuly completed) and a BPS Stage 2 (Doctoral level) Health Psychology trainer. I have successfully supervised five and I am currently supervising three Health Psychology trainees.

I am the Behavioural Scientist advising the Welsh Government Technical Advisory Group, International Intelligence Committee.
















I currently have a number of active, externally funded studies including:

1. Developing a mobile health application for people with serious skin conditions the NEW_ID project

2. Measuring impact of living with long-term conditions the GRIDD study

Patient Reported Impact / Outcomes in serious skin conditions - development of a new global measure of impact (GRIPP)

Behaviour change to reduce risk of long-term conditions

3. Psoriasis and specific co-morbidities

Psoriatic Arthritis and behaviour change;

Eating behaviour, obesity & mood in Psoriasis;

The role of sleep, mood & next-day impact on functioning in Psoriasis

3. Supprting Patient Self-Management

Adherence to medicines and health advice

PsoExpect: identifying the role of expectancy outcomes of new psoriasis medication in medicines adherence

PsoWell: a new model for specialist health care provision

4. Health-care Staff Training & Support - Implementation of the PsoWell model 

Devloping a team approach to managment in patients with complex psoriasis using a psychological model to support patient behaviour change.

5. Measuring the impact of SARS-CoV-2 pandemic deployment response among Nursing staff in Wales the ASSISTANCE study

Evaluation of a support package for staff reporting moral injury and accessing the HHP service.


1984 University of Wales (Cardiff) BSc. Hons Psychology

1990 University of Birmingham PhD Psychology

I held lectureship appointments in Dundee University; Bangor University and the University of Manchester. I held a Senior Lectureship and Readership post at the University of Manchester before locating to Cardiff University as a Professor of Behavioural Medicine/ Health Psychology.

Over the last 30 years I have conducted translational research, applying psychology to inform and improve patient care. My focus is on the role of patient beliefs about long-term conditions and how this impacts on their mood and health behaviour through to interventions that enhance motivation for self-management.

That research has been across long-term conditions and over the last 13 years has focussed on complex psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. I design and deliver psychological interventions for mood management and behaviour change in long-term conditions and train motivational interviewing skills to health care staff as part of their routine consultations.

I was President of the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine until December 2016 and have served on two NICE clinical guideline development groups.  I have over 100 peer review publications including four key reports on the development of NHS patient services. I lead or collaborate on NIHR, industry and patient charity funded research awards totalling over £20M.

Professional memberships

BPS Division of Health Psychology member

UK Society for Behavioural Medicine (Immediate Past president)

International Psoriasis Council Counsellor

Academic positions

Reader Behavioural Medicine University of Manchester

Honorary Professor University of Manchester, UK.

Honorary Consultant Psychologist, Salford Royal Foundation Trust and Central Manchester Foundation Trust, UK.

Committees and reviewing

I am a grant and journal reviewer for a number of bodies.

I am a member of the Welsh Government Technical Advisory Board for International Intelligence on the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic


  • Behaviour change
  • Adherence Medicines
  • Dermatology
  • Inflammatory conditions
  • Patient self-management