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Lisa Cowap

  • Job title: Lecturer
  • Department: School of Life Sciences and Education


I completed my undergraduate degree in 2008 and then went on to complete the MSc in Health Psychology, both at Staffordshire University, in 2010. In 2012 I began training as a Health Psychologist and in 2019 I was awarded my Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology from Staffordshire University. During this time, I was first employed as a Project Officer on a research study aiming to prevent smoking initiation in young people, funded by the Medical Research Council. Most recently I have been employed as a Senior Researcher, working on a project funded by the National Institute of Health Research Health Technology Assessment, exploring the communication of cardiovascular disease risk in the NHS Health Check Programme.


  • Povey, R., Cowap, L., Scholtens, K. & Forshaw, M. (2019). “She’s not obese, she’s a normal five-year-old and she keeps up with the other kids”: Families’ reasons for not attending a family-based obesity management programme. Perspectives in Public Health. 10.1177/1757913919868509.
  • Conner, M., Grogan, S., Simms-Ellis, R., Scholtens, K., Sykes-Muskett, B., Cowap, L., ... & Torgerson, C. (2019). Patterns and predictors of e-cigarette, cigarette and dual use uptake in UK adolescents: Evidence from a 24-month prospective study. Addiction. 10.1111/add.14723.
  • Conner, M., Grogan, S., Simms-Ellis, R., Flett, K., Sykes-Muskett, B., Cowap, L., ... & Torgerson, C. (2019). Evidence that an intervention weakens the relationship between adolescent electronic cigarette use and tobacco smoking: a 24-month prospective study. Tobacco control, published online first: 28 June 2019. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2018-054905.
  • Conner, M., Grogan, S., West, R., Simms-Ellis, R., Scholtens, K., Sykes-Muskett, B., ... & Schmitt, L. (2019). Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of repeated implementation intention formation on adolescent smoking initiation: A cluster randomized controlled trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 87(5), 422. doi: 10.1037/ccp0000387.
  • Gidlow, C. J., Ellis, N. J., Cowap, L., Riley, V., Crone, D., Cottrell, E., ... & Clark-Carter, D. (2019). A qualitative study of cardiovascular disease risk communication in NHS Health Check using different risk calculators: protocol for the RIsk COmmunication in NHS Health Check (RICO) study. BMC Family Practice, 20(1), 11.
  • Conner, M., Grogan, S., Simms-Ellis, R., Flett, K., Sykes-Muskett, B., Cowap, L., ... & West, R. (2018). Do electronic cigarettes increase cigarette smoking in UK adolescents? Evidence from a 12-month prospective study. Tobacco Control, 27(4), 365-372. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2016-053539.
  • Burton, A.E., Clancy, L. & Cowap, L. (2018). Exploring the facilitators and barriers to physical activity in older people with sight loss. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, (24), 1-29. doi:10.1123/japa.2016-0123