Professor Charles Abraham
Professor of Psychology Applied to Health


Charles Abraham is a behavioural scientist and practising, health psychologist (registered by the UK Health Professionals Council). In addition to research and teaching, he provides training, consultancy and policy advice. Charles is a visiting professor at the universities of Sussex, Nottingham and Maastricht and a Research Associate at the Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention (CHIP) at the University of Connecticut. He was the founding chair of the British Psychological Society, Division of Health Psychology and has worked as a research consultant to the Department of Health in the UK. He was a member of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) group which developed the 2007 guidelines on Behaviour Change practice and is a member of the group that will extend this guidance in 2013. He was Special Advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology during their 2010/11 inquiry into the role of behaviour change in government policy development and implementation. He also co-chairs the Athena Swan (AS) working group in the University of Exeter Medical School and serves on the university AS committee.

Broad research specialisms

Charles Abraham’s research focuses on the design, evaluation and implementation of evidence-based behaviour change interventions. His research at the University of Exeter contributes mainly to the research theme of “translational medicine, personalised healthcare and public health” but also to the “climate change and sustainable futures” theme. He has a strong interest in developing evidence-based behaviour change interventions that have the potential to generate population-level changes


Academic Qualifications

  • B.A. Social Psychology, First Class Honours, University of Sussex, 1978
  • D.Phil. Social Psychology, University of Sussex, 1982

Professional Qualifications

  • Health Professionals Council Certified Health Psychologist 2009
  • Qualified Supervisor of Stage 2 Health Psychology candidates 2003
  • Chartered Health Psychologist with current Practising Certificate 1998
  • Chartered Psychologist (C.Psychol). 1998
  • BPS Statement of Competence in Occupational Testing 1993

Contact details

Internal tel5925
Tel+44 (0) 1392 725925
AddressCollege House
University of Exeter
St Luke's Campus
Heavitree Road

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