Dr Emma Davies

BSc, MSc, PGDip PhD, PCTHE, FHEA, CPsychol

Reader in Psychology

Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development

Emma Davies

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

  • Project supervision and research ethics.
  • Psychological Interventions.
  • Health Behaviour Across the Lifespan.

I completed my Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PCTHE) in 2014 and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In 2015 and 2019 I was shortlisted for a Brookes Union Teaching Award. I was an Associate Lecturer with The Open University from 2008-2020. I serve as an external examiner at University of Derby and London South Bank University. 


PhD Students

  • Urvita Bhatia 2019- Co-producing a prevention intervention for adolescent substance use and misuse in a sports-based setting in India: A Formative Research Project.
  • Parvati Perman Howe 2016-2020 The effect of alcohol strength on alcohol consumption. 
  • Catherine Wheatley 2015-2018 Explaining Young Adolescents’ Physical Activity Decision-Making Using the Prototype Willingness Model of Health Behaviour. 

Research Students

Name Thesis title Completed
Mrs Josie Jacobs Developing a Resilience Intervention to Promote Thriving in Parents of Primary School Children Active
Fiona Matley Using automatic processes to change drinking behaviour in midlife adults Active
Natalie Wilde Alcohol Consumption and Mental Health Literacy in Young People Active


My research explores the psychological factors associated with health behaviours such as alcohol consumption and physical activity. I have expertise in the development and evaluation of behaviour change interventions across a wide range of domains, including alcohol, sexual consent, e-cigarette use, and physical activity.  I am particularly interested in the social and emotional aspects of health behaviours and how they impact on our mental health and wellbeing. I am part of the Global Drug Survey Core Research Team. 

Research group and network membership

  • Deputy director of the Centre for Psychological Research 
  • Lead of the Health Behaviour and Wellbeing Research Group
  • Member of the Healthy Ageing Network
  • Member of the Children and Young People Network

Current research projects

  • Alcohol and breast cancer communication (funded by Brookes Healthy Ageing and Care Network).
  • Community and Hospital Pharmacists and E-cigarettes (funded by Cancer Research UK).

Global Drug Survey research projects:

  • Impact of changes in alcohol consumption patterns in COVID-19 lockdown for people with and without mental health conditions.
  • Exploring factors associated with drunkenness and regret.
  • Impact of COVID-19 lockdown on intimate partner violence.

Research Grants

  • Lennon, O., Beck, A., (Syndeo Ltd) with Ehrlich, C., Davies, E.L., & Hennelly, S.E. (Oxford Brookes). Innovate UK Smart Grants/Northern Ireland Department for the Economy: £212,323. University wellbeing Artificial Intelligence, awarded August 2021.
  • Watson, E., Brett, J., Davies, E.L., Mcgeagh, L., & Matheson, L. Research Excellence Award 2021/2022: £19,994.62. Alcohol consumption following breast cancer diagnosis, awarded February 2021.
  • Davies EL, Brett, J. & Watson, E. Healthy Ageing Care Network Research Competition: £6,931Alcohol, Health, and Breast CancerDeveloping a messaging strategy, awarded December 2020.
  • Davies, E.L. Oxford Brookes University Research Excellence Awards 2020/2021: £12,000, awarded January 2020
  • Brett, J., Watson, E., Radley, A., Stoner, N., Davies, E.L., Foxcroft, D.R., Matley, F., & Jakes, S. Cancer Research UK Tobacco Advisory Group: £49,733.22. Community and Hospital Pharmacists and E-cigarettes, awarded June 2019.
  • Davies, E.L. Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development Research Support Scheme: £3,000. Theoretical moderators of the impact of alcohol health information labels, awarded October 2018.
  • Brett, J., Watson, E., Aveyard, P., Wells, M., Nicholson, B., Foxcroft, D., Sinclair, L., Davies, E.L., De Silva-Minor, S., & Jakes., S. Cancer Research UK Tobacco Advisory Group: £44,582. Knowledge, attitudes and current practice of health professionals regarding the use of e-cigarettes and other smoking cessation interventions in cancer survivors, awarded January 2017.
  • Davies, E.L. Department of Psychology, Social Work & Public Health Research Award Scheme: £8,750. Pilot study to explore teachers' views about digital alcohol interventions for use in Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education, awarded December 2016.
  • Davies, E.L, Lonsdale, A. & Foxcroft, D.R. Oxford Brookes Oxford Brookes University Competitive Funding Call: £15,785. Alcohol related social embarrassment: A pilot trial to explore the feasibility and effectiveness of a novel intervention to reduce alcohol consumption in undergraduates, awarded May 2015.
  • Davies. E.L. Alcohol Research UK Small grant scheme: £4,930. A digital media intervention tool to reduce alcohol misuse in adolescents: programming and pilot work, awarded July 2014.
  • Carter, W., Davies, E.L. & Paltoglou, A.E., Oxford Brookes Team Teaching Fellowship Award: £15,000. Vertical Enhancement of Statistics and Psychology Research, awarded June 2014.
  • Davies, E.L, Martin, J. & Foxcroft, D.R. Alcohol Research UK Studentship: £21,000. Designing and testing an intervention to reduce alcohol misuse in young people based on the Prototype Willingness Model, awarded September 2010.



  • Edible Streets
  • A digital media intervention tool to reduce alcohol misuse in adolescents
  • Alcohol consumption following breast cancer diagnosis
  • Messaging strategies that communicate the link between alcohol and breast cancer in women aged 40-65

Projects as Principal Investigator, or Lead Academic if project is led by another Institution

  • Alcohol consumption and breast cancer: co-production of a behaviour change intervention to reduce risk in mid-life women. (01/03/2023 - 29/02/2024), funded by: Prevent Breast Cancer, funding amount received by Brookes: £29,772


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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Member of the Global Drug Survey (GDS) International Expert Advisory Group and Core Research Team. 
  • Member of the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine UKSBM Early Career Network Committee 2017-2017
  • Communications Officer, Newsletter Editor, Oxford Hub Coordinator for BPS West Midlands Branch 2014-2015
  • Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group (PsyPAG) Vice Chair 2012-2014


Selected Conference Presentations

  • Davies, E.L., Gilchrist, G., Puljevic, C, Zhuparris, A, Maier, L.J., Ferris, J.A., Barratt, M. & Winstock, A.R. Impacts of drinking during COVID-19 lockdown for people with and without mental health conditions: Findings from the Global Drug Survey Special Edition on COVID-19. European Society for Prevention Research, online October 2020.
  • Davies, E.L., Lynskey, M, Maier, L.J, Ferris, J.A. & Winstock, A.R  Perceptions of cannabis health information labels in a large international sample of people who use cannabis: will cannabis companies grow to be different to the alcohol and tobacco industries? (oral presentation) EUSPR Conference, Ghent, September 2019
  • Davies, E.L., Maier, L.J, Barratt, M, Winstock, A.R & Ferris, J.A. What a quarter of a million clubbers can tell us about alcohol related harms using findings from the last five years of Global Drug Survey, Club Health Conference Amsterdam May 2019.
  • Davies, E.L., Holmes, J, Maier, L.J., Barratt, M., Ferris, J.A. & Winstock, A.R. The impact of alcohol health warning labels on drinking behaviours: an international survey, UK Society for Behavioural Medicine (UKSBM) Annual Scientific Meeting, Birmingham, UK, December 2018
  • Davies, E.L., Holmes, J, Maier, L.J., Barratt, M., Ferris, J.A. & Winstock, A.R.  Alcohol health warning labels and their impact on drinking behaviours: an international survey, European Society for Prevention Research, Lisbon, Portugal, October 2018.
  • Davies, E.L., Maier, L.J., Winstock, A.R. & Ferris, J.A. Intention to reduce drinking and preferred sources of support: an international cross-sectional study, European Health Psychology Society Conference, Galway, Ireland, August 2018.
  • Davies, E., Lewis, E-B. & Hennelly, S. “I am quite mellow but I wouldn't say everyone else is”: A mixed methods exploration of normative misperceptions of alcohol consumption and self-evaluation of drinking behaviour compared to others (Poster presentation) British Psychological Society Annual Conference, Brighton, May 2017
  • Davies, E.L. ‘You can be different types of drunk’: A think aloud study with adolescents and teachers to explore acceptability of a digital intervention to reduce alcohol misuse (oral presentation as part of symposium  on ‘Applying user-centred development methods to create acceptable and persuasive digital health interventions’) UK Society for Behavioural Medicine Annual Conference, Cardiff, UK, December 2016
  • Davies, E.L. Lonsdale, A.J., Hennelly, S. & Foxcroft, D.R. Personalised digital interventions have no impact on risky drinking and alcohol related harms in young people in a randomised controlled trial (poster presentation) European Society for Prevention Research Annual Conference, Berlin, Germany, November 2015
  • Davies, E.L. How much is too much? A think aloud study to explore the feasibility and acceptability of a digital intervention for the prevention of alcohol related harm in adolescents (oral presentation) European Society for Prevention Research Annual Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia, October 2015
  • Davies, E.L. It's okay to have alcohol every now and again but excessive drinking is a bit weird: exploring the acceptability and feasibility of the alcohol smart quiz in a think aloud study (poster presentation) British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference, London, September 2015
  • Davies. E.L, Martin, J & Foxcroft D.R. Development of a co-produced intervention to prevent alcohol misuse in young people: A think aloud study (Poster presentation) British Psychological Society Annual Conference, Liverpool, May 2015
  • Davies. E.L, Martin, J & Foxcroft, D. A think aloud study evaluating the acceptability and feasibility of an alcohol misuse intervention for young people (Oral presentation) Alcohol Research UK Postgraduate and early career research symposium, London, March 2014.

Invited Talks/Workshops

  • International comparisons of drinking behaviours and responses to alcohol health warning labels: findings from the global drug survey. Invited talk at London South Bank University, February 2019.
  • Psychological Approaches to Reducing Alcohol Related Harms in Adolescents Invited talk at Oxford University Psychology and Neuroscience Applications Society 24th February 2016 http://psynapps.org/2016/03/11/psychological-approaches-to-alcohol-related-problems-in-adolescence/
  • Adding value to your PhD Invited workshop at PsyPAG 30th Anniversary conference, Glasgow, July 2015.
  • Member of early career researcher panel at Emerging New Researchers in Geographies of Health and Impairment(ENRGHI)Conference, Portsmouth, June 2014
  • Development and specification of novel behavioural interventions. Pre-conference workshop sponsored by Science for Prevention Academic Network (SPAN) at European Society for Prevention Research, Paris, November 2013.