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Prof Darren Flynn


Department: Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Professor of Applied Health and Social Care Research, and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Practitioner Health Psychologist; Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS); Associate Fellow of the BPS (AFBPsS); Applied Psychology Practice Supervisor; and Accredited Coordinating Supervisor for the Stage 2 Qualification in Health Psychology (qualified to supervise trainee health psychologists for registration with the HCPC as Practitioner Health Psychologists).

I have over 20 years’ experience of providing health psychology expertise and leadership to complex multi-phase, multi-disciplinary applied and translational research across the entire sphere of influence in health psychology (i.e. application of psychological theory/methods to behavioural management of health conditions; health promotion; psychological factors associated with health; and quality improvement in both healthcare practice and policy) across a range of topics: acute stroke, type 2 diabetes, heart failure, fatty liver disease and mental health conditions.

I am a mixed methods researcher with expertise in complex systematic reviews, survey design, preference-based methods (Delphi technique and discrete choice experiments), qualitative interviewing, interactive group workshops, and statistical analysis (in particular time series analysis).

Darren Flynn

I am particularly interested in co-design and evaluation of person-centred care / personalised care interventions (shared decision making, social prescribing, personalised care planning, and supported self-management), complex health and lifestyle behaviour change interventions for people living with mental and physical health multimorbidity, delivery of training to healthcare professionals to equip them with the knowledge/skills to deliver behavioural interventions to their patients, risk communication, and health literacy.

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Patient and clinician priorities for information on treatment outcomes for advanced ovarian cancer: a Delphi exercise, Baxter, K., Agnew, H., Morgan, J., Holland, C., Flynn, D., Edmondson, R. 21 Mar 2024, In: Journal of Gynecologic Oncology
  • Habitual physical activity levels of adults with heart failure: systematic review and meta-analysis, Jordan, C., Charman, S., Batterham, A., Flynn, D., Houghton, D., Errington, L., Macgowan, G., Avery, L. 1 Sep 2023, In: Heart
  • Identifying behavioural barriers and facilitators to engaging men in a community-based lifestyle intervention to improve physical and mental health and well-being, Bell, O., Flynn, D., Clifford, T., West, D., Stevenson, E., Avery, L. 6 Mar 2023, In: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
  • Identifying the active ingredients of training interventions for healthcare professionals to promote and support increased levels of physical activity in adults with heart failure: A systematic review, Ashley, K., Tang, M., Flynn, D., Cooper, M., Errington, L., Avery, L. 13 Aug 2023, In: Health Psychology Review
  • Interventions for improving clinical outcomes and health-related quality-of-life for people living with skeletal dysplasias: an evidence gap map, Moy, N., Flynn, D., Henriquez, J., Connelly, L., Vale, L., Paolucci, F. 1 Oct 2023, In: Quality of Life Research
  • Research letter: An updated survey of intra-arterial mechanical thrombectomy service provision in England, White, P., Alton, A., James, M., Price, C., Shaw, L., Flynn, D., Burgess, D., McMeekin, P., Ford, G. 28 Mar 2023, In: European Stroke Journal
  • Service User Perspectives on Social Prescribing Services for Mental Health in the UK: A Systematic Review, Cooper, M., Flynn, D., Avery, L., Ashley, K., Jordan, C., Errington, L., Scott, J. May 2023, In: Perspectives in Public Health
  • Barriers and enablers of people from ethnic minority groups to uptake and engagement with type 2 diabetes management programmes in the UK, Avery, L., Flynn, D., Livingston, R., Jordan, C., Subramanian, M., Haines, R., Teke Epse Che, J. 29 Mar 2022, Diabetic Medicine, Wiley
  • Effectiveness and active ingredients of social prescribing interventions targeting mental health: a systematic review, Cooper, M., Avery, L., Scott, J., Ashley, K., Jordan, C., Errington, L., Flynn, D. 25 Jul 2022, In: BMJ Open
  • Feasibility, acceptability, and fidelity of Physical Activity Routines After Stroke (PARAS) a multifaceted behaviour change intervention targeting free-living physical activity and sedentary behaviour in community dwelling adult stroke, Moore, S., Flynn, D., Jones, S., Price, C., Avery, L. 1 Dec 2022, In: Pilot and Feasibility Studies

Holly Hare Exploring Social Prescribing to Support Older People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing: A Q-methodology Study Start Date: 01/03/2022

  • Psychology PhD June 15 2007
  • Practitioner Health Psychologist

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