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Dr Emma Norris

Dr Emma Norris
Lecturer in Public Health

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Dr Emma Norris is a Lecturer in Public Health, within the Department of Health Sciences and Co-Chair of the Health Behaviour Change Research Group.

Dr Norris is a researcher in behaviour change and health psychology, exploring evidence synthesis of behaviour change interventions, as well as development and assessment of physical activity, smoking cessation and digital interventions. Dr Norris is also an advocate for Open Science, interested in designing behaviour change interventions to facilitate Open Science behaviours in researchers. Before joining Brunel, Dr Norris was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Behaviour Change at University College London working on the Human Behaviour-Change Project: synthesising published literature on behaviour change using machine learning and Artificial Intelligence. Dr Norris' PhD tested Virtual Field Trips as physically active lesson interventions for primary-school children.

Dr Norris is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). She is Co-Chair of the European Health Psychology Society’s Open Science Special Interest Group and Conference Organiser of the Behavioural Science and Public Health Network. Emma sits on the Editorial Board for BMC Public Health & Cogent Psychology.

Follow Dr Norris' research and updates on Twitter: @EJ_Norris


PhD, University College London (2017): Virtual Field Trips as physically active lessons for children.

MSc Health Psychology, University College London (2012).

BSc Psychology, Brunel University (2010).


Course Director of MSc Public Health & Behaviour Change (online)

Chair of Brunel Open Research Working Group; UK Reproducibility Network Local Network Lead

Co-Chair of Health Behaviour Change Research Group

Divisional Admissions Lead & Academic Misconducts Co-Lead

Newest selected publications

Milner, A., Nielsen, R. and Norris, E. (2021) 'Brexit and European doctors’ decisions to leave the United Kingdom: a qualitative analysis of free-text questionnaire comments'. BMC Health Services Research, 21 (1). pp. 1 - 19. ISSN: 1472-6963 Open Access Link

Journal article

Daly-Smith, A., Morris, JL., Norris, E., Williams, TL., Archbold, V., Kallio, J., et al. (2021) 'Behaviours that prompt primary school teachers to adopt and implement physically active learning: a meta synthesis of qualitative evidence'. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 18 (1). pp. 151. ISSN: 1479-5868 Open Access Link

Journal article

Norris, E., Wright, AJ., Hastings, J., West, R., Boyt, N. and Michie, S. (2021) 'Specifying who delivers behaviour change interventions: development of an Intervention Source Ontology'. Wellcome Open Research, 6. pp. 1 - 23. ISSN: 2398-502X Open Access Link

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Norris, E., Hastings, J., Marques, MM., Finnerty, AN., Zink, S. and Michie, S. (2021) 'Why and how to engage expert stakeholders in ontology development: Insights from social and behavioural sciences'. Journal of Biomedical Semantics, 12 (1). pp. 1 - 8. ISSN: 2041-1480 Open Access Link

Journal article

Norris, E., He, Y., Loh, R., West, R. and Michie, S. (2021) 'Assessing Markers of Reproducibility and Transparency in Smoking Behaviour Change Intervention Evaluations'. Journal of Smoking Cessation, 2021. pp. 1 - 12. ISSN: 1834-2612 Open Access Link

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