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Professor Suzanne Skevington (BSc, PhD, CPsychol, ARSM, FBPsS) - personal details

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Role: Professor of Health Psychology

Tel: +44 (0) 161 275 2584


Manchester Centre for Health Psychology
School of Psychological Sciences
Coupland 1 Building
University of Manchester
M13 9PL






Suzanne Skevington holds a Project Diamond Chair in Health Psychology at the University of Manchester where she directs an international centre for the study of quality of life. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 1995 when she was a visitor to the School of Public Health, Univ. of Washington, Seattle.  She spent a semester as Academic Visitor at Univ. of Oxford (Public Health/Health Services Research) in 2004. As Chair of the Division of Health Psychology at the British Psychological Society, she attended Ministerial meetings in the Department of Health and 10, Downing Street. 

Professor Skevington’s interests focus on assessing quality of life and well-being in health and health care, international health, and cross-cultural psychology. For 20 years she has worked within an international collaboration - the WHOQOL-Group – which was established by the World Health Organisation, Geneva, in 1992 to assess subjective quality of life in diverse cultures. As well as directing the WHO UK research program, she continues to take an international lead in the research and activities of the WHOQOL Group and was involved in all stages of developing and testing this PROM, from the conceptualisation and design of its novel cross-cultural and patient-centred methodology, to standardising, publishing and disseminating its suite of multi-dimensional instruments. These instruments are widely used to evaluate ill health and wellbeing in around 80 cultures world-wide.  Recently citations exceeded 2,200. New measures include versions for HIV, old, age, and spiritual life. Prof Skevington has been invited to address meetings at UNAIDS, UNESCO, OECD, UNEP and the UN, and has advised some of these bodies. She has been a Board member of the International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL). She is currently interested in implementating quality of life assessment in the NHS. Health inequalities represent a regular theme in her work..

Memberships of Committees and Professional Bodies

British Psychological Society (since 1970)

Health Professions Council; Member (since 2009)

European Health Psychology Society (EHPS) (since 2007)

Associate of the Royal Society of Medicine (2009)


                                   BSc (Hons)(1970) University College, Cardiff

                                   PhD (1975) University College, Cardiff

                                   C.Psychol: Chartered Psychologist (1983)

                                   FBPsS:  Fellow of the British Psychological Society (1991)

                                   Registered Health Psychologist (2009)

                                   Health Psychology Practitioner (2009)

                                   ARSM: Associate of the Royal Society of Medicine (2009)




UNAIDS:  2009: International stakeholder meeting on Stigma & HIV jointly convened by UNAIDS, the International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW), the Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+), the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHU), Washington DC, USA.

UNESCO:  2009-2011: Member of UNESCO Gender and HIV review committee for the Division of Gender Equality in Bureau of Strategic Planning (BSP/GE)

OECD:  2010: Invited Speaker on ‘Gender Equality and the notion of Quality of Life in people with HIV and AIDS’ at joint OECD-UNESCO international workshop on ‘Gender Equality and Progress in Societies’. OECD HQ, Paris, March (3 days).

UNEP (United Nations Environment Program):    

2008: Expert panel member on ‘Indicators of health & well-being of communities dependent on biodiversity’. UNEP/World Conservation Monitoring Centre & WHO HQ, Geneva

2009: Expert Advisor to UNEP on ‘2010 UNEP Yearbook’, United Nations Environment Program and SCOPE, Paris

2012: Invited reviewer; UNEP Yearbook 2013


2009: Panel Member and Expert Evaluator: European Union Framework 7 Public Health Research Grants Panel, Brussels

2009 Irish Population Health, Epidemiology & Health Services Research Grants Board Committee, Dublin, Ireland.

2012 International Review Panel: University of Galway Research Performance, Galway, Ireland.


2010: RCUK/ ESRC UK Psychology International Benchmarking Initiative Panel member for Applied Psychology, London.

2010: Commissioning Panel member for ESRC, MRC, DWP, DCSF, CLG call on Subjective Well-Being and Public Policy.

2009: Expert Assessor: National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) NETSCC Health Technology Assessment program.

2009: Expert Assessor: MRC/NIHR Patient Reported Outcomes: Identifying UK research priorities.

 British Psychological Society

2008: Contributor to BPS response to consultation on Carol Black’s report on Working Life.

2009: Contributor to BPS response to Dept of Health consultation on End of Life care

2010: Member of BPS Electronic Records Working Party

2010: Contributor to the Dept of Health consultation on ‘Liberating the NHS: Transparency in outcomes – a framework for the NHS’.

2006-9: Member of UK Dementia & Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network (SW DeNDRoN LRN)


Advisory Editor:  Social Science and Medicine 2005-11

Editorial Boards:  Psychology, Health & Medicine, 1995 - date                  

                           Frontiers in Pharmaceutical Medicine and Outcomes Research 2012 - date


Most of my teaching is at postgraduate level with Masters and Doctoral level students.It focusses on research and practice in health psychology, public health and health services research.

I co-teach a  multiidisciplinary module on 'Health and Society' for the Masters program in Clinical and Health Psychology.

Also the psychology of pain to first year undergraduates, as part of a course on the 'Biological Bases of Mental Health and Wellbeing'.

Tutees include several final year undergraduates who are doing health psychology research.