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Dr Richard de Visser

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Dr Richard de Visser

Reader in Psychology

PA: Sonia Khan
T: 01273 644 143
Location: Watson Building, Falmer  BN1 9PH

Areas of expertise: Health Psychology, Public Health

Research areas: Health behaviour, behaviour change interventions, gender and health, mixed methods research

Other relevant positions: Reader in the School of Psychology at University of Sussex


Richard de Visser has worked in the fields of health psychology and public health for over 25 years. He is a Reader in Psychology at Brighton & Sussex Medical School and in the School of Psychology at the University of Sussex, where he has received awards for his individual and group teaching. He is co-author of the textbook, Psychology for Medicine and Healthcare, which is now in its third edition (Sage, 2021). Richard completed a BSc in psychology at the University of Melbourne, and a PhD at the Australian Research centre in Sex, Health & Society. He then undertook post-doctoral work at Birkbeck College, University of London before moving to Sussex.  


Richard’s research interests span a broad range of topics in health psychology, including: sexuality and relationships; gender and health; alcohol use; use of health services; and cross-cultural analyses. He has expertise in qualitative and quantitative methods, intervention studies, and mixed-methods designs.


Richard is the Psychology Discipline Lead for Years 1 and 2 in BSMS. He teaches on the following modules:

101 – Clinical Skills

102 – Foundations of Health & Illness

103 – Heart, Lungs & Blood

104 – Nutrition, Metabolism and Excretion

201 – Clinical Skills

203 – Reproduction & Endocrinology

204 – Musculoskeletal & Immune systems

404 – Individual Research Project

He also teaches on several modules delivered by the University of School of Psychology.

Selected publications

Ayers, S. & de Visser, R.O. (2021) Psychology for Medicine & Health Care (3rd Edition). London: Sage.

de Visser, R.O., Conroy, D., Davies, E.L., Cooke R. (2021). Understanding motivation to adhere to guidelines for alcohol intake, physical activity, and fruit and vegetable intake among UK university students. Health Education & Behavior.

de Visser, R.O., Mushtaq, M., Naz, F. (2021) Masculinity beliefs and willingness to seek help among young men in the United Kingdom and Pakistan. Psychology, Health & Medicine.

de Visser, R.O., Graber, R., Abraham, S.C.S., Hart, A., Memon, A. (2020). Resilience-based alcohol education: Developing an intervention; evaluating feasibility and barriers to implementation using mixed methods. Health Education Research, 35, 123-133.

de Visser, R.O. & Piper, R. (2020). Short-and longer-term benefits of temporary alcohol abstinence during “Dry January” are not also observed among adult drinkers in the general population: prospective cohort study. Alcohol & Alcoholism, 55, 433-438.

de Visser, R.O., Richters, J., Rissel, C.E., Grulich, A.E., Simpson, J.M., Rodrigues, D.F. & Lopes, D. (2020). Romantic jealousy: A test of social cognitive and evolutionary models in a population-representative sample of adults. Journal of Sex Research, 57, 498-507.

Carolan, S. & de Visser, R.O. (2018). Employees' perspectives on the facilitators and barriers to engaging with digital mental health interventions in the workplace: qualitative study. Journal of Medical Internet Research: Mental Health, 19; 5(1):e8.

de Visser, R.O., Robinson, E. & Bond, R. (2016). Voluntary temporary abstinence from alcohol during "Dry January" and subsequent alcohol use. Health Psychology, 35, 281-289.

de Visser, R.O., Graber, R., Hart, A., Abraham, C., Scanlon, T., Watten, P. & Memon, A. (2015). Using qualitative methods within a mixed-methods approach to developing and evaluating interventions to address harmful alcohol use among young people. Health Psychology, 34, 349-360.

de Visser, R.O & McDonnell, E.J. (2013) Man points: Masculine capital and young men’s health. Health Psychology, 32, 5-14. doi:

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