The conference organising committee is proud to announce our three distinguished keynote speakers:

Prof. Lucie Byrne-Davis

Lucie Byrne-Davis is a Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Manchester and an HCPC registered Health Psychologist. She is an expert in translational and collaborative behaviour change research and practice, working at the intersection between evidence use and generation. Her research and practice are about translating health psychology to support behaviour change, with a focus on health worker behaviours. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Fellow of the European Health Psychology Society, where she was Chair of the UN committee from 2017-2022. She is current chair of the British Psychological Society - Division of Health Psychology. She co-founded two volunteering collaboratives for health psychologists to volunteer in global health partnerships ( and during Covid (the Health Psychology Exchange)

prof. Lucy Yardley

Lucy Yardley has a longstanding interest in developing accessible and effective interventions that can support patients and people in the community to manage their health and treatment. Her programme of research focuses on key questions concerning how to maximise engagement with digital interventions and how best to integrate digital support for self-management of health with healthcare services. She addresses these questions through the development and evaluation of numerous web-based healthcare interventions, such as interventions to support weight management, physical activity, reduction of infection transmission and antibiotic over-use, and self-management of long-term health conditions (including cancer, hypertension, diabetes, back pain, asthma, cognitive decline and many other health problems). Through this work she has pioneered the widely used ‘Person-Based Approach’ (see to combining stakeholder co-production with theory-based qualitative and quantitatie methods for intervention development and optimisation.

Prof. Matthijs Noordzij

Matthijs Noordzij is professor in health psychology and technology at the University of Twente, The Netherlands. He studies the scientific basis and design principles for how (sensor) technology (e.g. a smartwatch measuring physiological signals and capable of giving coaching cues) might support and change (mental) healthcare and self-management. His research has involved working out new scientific standards for validating new wearable technologies that are measuring important aspects of human physiology for use in (mental) healthcare and research. He has coordinated several innovative field studies that tracked people (with subjective and objective measures) with severe problems related to stress, aggression or addiction over long periods of time trying to establish possible links between their bodies, thoughts, behaviour and environments. Thirdly, with various stakeholders (patients, caregivers, managers, designers, developers, scientists) he was involved in co-designing ambulatory biofeedback and novel bio cueing systems for self-regulation. For the next years his focus will be on integrating all these themes on the topic of moving the measurement of stress from the lab to daily life in the multidisciplinary Stress-in-Action project (