Miss Laura Hollands

Miss Laura Hollands

Research Assistant

School of Psychology (Faculty of Health)



My research concerns the design, delivery, and evaluation of group-based behaviour change interventions for health and wellbeing. I am particularly interested in promoting the recognition, management and measurement of group processes as key mechanisms of action in group-based interventions, through application of social identity and behaviour change theories. I am currently a postdoctoral researcher working on the PROGROUP randomised controlled trial, evaluating a group-based weight management intervention for people with severe obesity. 


PhD in Medical Studies, University of Exeter and University of Queensland joint award (thesis submitted 2024)
BSc (Hons) Medical Science with Professional Training Year, University of Exeter (2017)

Professional membership

UK Society for Behavioural Medicine


Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Swancutt D, Tarrant M, Ingram W, Baldrey S, Burns L, Byng R, Calitri R, Creanor S, Dean S & Evans L (2022) 'A group-based behavioural intervention for weight management (PROGROUP) versus usual care in adults with severe obesity: a feasibility randomised controlled trial protocol' Pilot and Feasibility Studies 8, (1) , DOI Open access
Lamont RA, Calitri R, Mounce LTA, Hollands L, Dean SG, Code C, Sanders A & Tarrant M (2022) 'Shared social identity and perceived social support among stroke groups during the COVID‐19 pandemic: Relationship with psychosocial health' Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being 15, (1) 172-192 , DOI
Hollands L, Calitri R, Warmoth K, Shepherd A, Allison R & Dean S (2021) 'Assessing the fidelity of the independently getting up off the floor (IGO) technique as part of the ReTrain pilot feasibility randomised controlled trial for stroke survivors' Disability and Rehabilitation 44, (25) 7829-7838 Publisher Site , DOI
Toynbee M, Walker J, Clay F, Hollands L, van Niekerk M, Harriss E & Sharpe M (2021) 'The effectiveness of inpatient consultation-liaison psychiatry service models: A systematic review of randomized trials' General Hospital Psychiatry 71, 11-19 Publisher Site , DOI
Hollands L, Lambert J, Price L, Powell D & Greaves C (2020) 'Ecological momentary assessment of mood and physical activity in people with depression' Journal of Affective Disorders 271, 293-299 Publisher Site , DOI
Shepherd AI, Pulsford R, Poltawski L, Forster A, Taylor RS, Spencer A, Hollands L, James M, Allison R & Norris M (2018) 'Physical activity, sleep, and fatigue in community dwelling Stroke Survivors' Scientific Reports 8, (1) Publisher Site , DOI
Dean SG, Poltawski L, Forster A, Taylor RS, Spencer A, James M, Allison R, Stevens S, Norris M & Shepherd AI (2018) 'Community-based rehabilitation training after stroke: results of a pilot randomised controlled trial (ReTrain) investigating acceptability and feasibility' BMJ Open 8, (2) e018409-e018409 Publisher Site , DOI