Professor Michael Hyland

Professor Michael Hyland

Honorary Professor

School of Psychology (Faculty of Health and Human Sciences)


Honorary Professor


Michael E. Hyland is a fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Distinguished International Affiliate of Division 38 of the American Psychological Association, is a chartered health psychologist and is Professor of Health Psychology at Plymouth University.  He obtained a BSc at Bristol University in 1971 and a PhD at the University of Wales in 1977.   He was appointed Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Plymouth in 1996 and retired in 2018.  He is currently an Honorary Professor a the University of Plymouth.

His early career was as a theoretical psychologist, working on the nature of theoretical entities particularly in relation to mind-body problems.

From the late 1980s he worked as a health psychologist focusing on respiratory disease (asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). He has constructed several scales for use in respiratory disease, some for outcome assessment and some for disease management, the latter including the asthma bother profile,  the lung information needs questionnaire (LINQ), the DOSE index and most recently the Severe Asthma Questionnaire (SAQ).   His research in respiratory medicine includes outcome assessment, adherence to medication and management.

He has contributed to theoretical development in health psychology, using network theory to explain medically unexplained symptoms and functional disorders such as chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, a summary of which was published in a book The origins of health and disease.  This theoretical work has been combined with empirical studies on non-specific aspects of therapy (e.g., placebo effects) and  on the effect of dysregulation on asthma exacerbations. and, with colleagues in the NHS, is being used as the basis for Body reprogramming, a novel treatment programme for people with fibromyalgia.

Professional membership

Fellow of the British Psychological Society

Distinguished International Affiliate of Division 38 (health psychology division) of the American Psychological Association

Roles on external bodies


Editorial board member of Journal of Behavioral Medicine,  Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Chronic Respiratory Disease, and Health and Quality of Life Outcomes.

Teaching interests

Health Psychology

Theory and History of Psychology

Research interests

1. Lifestyle factors that lead to functional disorders and lifestyle modifications that lead to their recovery.

2. How can we improve the management of people with asthma and chronic obstructive disease?

3.  Nonspecific aspects of therapy, including placebo effects.

3. Theory development relating to the above

The following site provides details of questionnaires  developed my Michael Hyland in collaboration with others.  The questionniares (some in several languages) can be downloaded from:

The following site provides information on publications

Grants & contracts


Grants awarded

21st March to 31st of May 2012. International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) £4,705  M.E. Hyland, R Jones, E. Gabe-Thomas.

2006- 2007. ESRC RES-000-22-1894 . The effect of information, observation and gender on psychogenic symptoms. £ 71,282. G Mazzoni, I Kirsch & M.E. Hyland

2002-2003 R. Jones, M E. Hyland, K Hanney. A qualitative study of concordance in COPD. Boehringer Ingelheim, £62,500.

2001-2002 M Shepherd & M E Hyland Prevention and coping in child and family care. ESRC £40,227 Shepard) Prevention and coping in family care.

1995 – 1999 M E Hyland New quality of life measurement: level of reported life activity in contrast to level of complaint about health status. MRC £59,218.00

Research groups


(This site has publications, questionnaires and information for potential postgraduate students and other researchers)