The Plymouth Respiratory Psychology Partnership

Our philosophy

Respiratory diseases are a complex, two-way interaction between specific processes in the lung and the general health of the patient (which includes psychosocial well-being).

Successful treatment must extend beyond the lung.

What we do

Our research assumes that disease results from the disruption of a complex system that includes the patient's lung, body, psychological state, and behaviour. Where possible we take the patient's perspective to understand the burden of both disease and treatment, and the complex decisions which patients must make when managing their condition.

We apply these insights to improve patient outcomes in primary care and in specialist respiratory services. Our goal is to develop and evaluate novel psychosocial interventions that have both biological and behavioural consequences.


Collaboration between the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, Plymouth University School of Psychology and Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust (PHNT).