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 Lexy Newbold

Lexy Newbold

Research Fellow


 Sir Henry Wellcome Building for Mood Disorders Research F05


Sir Henry Wellcome Building for Mood Disorders Research, University of Exeter, Queens Drive, Exeter, EX4 4QQ, UK


Lexy is the Manager of the two international randomised controlled trials within the ECoWeB project: Assessing and Enhancing Emotional Competence for Well-Being in Young Adults: A principled, evidence-based, mobile-health approach to prevent mental disorders and promote mental well-being. This Horizon 2020 funded project aims to test a new self-help app designed to improve wellbeing and prevent mental ill health in young adults.

Lexy is a research psychologist with a PgDip in Psychological Research Methods (2002) and a PHD in Psychology (2007), both from the University of Plymouth. Her PhD investigated perceptions of genetically modified foods and she has presented nationally and internationally on this issue. She worked as a researcher in the School of Psychology from 2000 to 2009 on a range of research projects including ‘Improving Communication in Times of Emergency’ which was funded by the Home Office. This mixed methods project applied research findings to real world environmental risk communication in the Plymouth area such as the possible nuclear risk from Devonport nuclear refit yard. She then went on to coordinate the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Evaluation Project at the Peninsula Medical School of Plymouth. This mixed methods project investigated how the design of the new NHS services providing talking therapies for patients with anxiety and depression affected patient outcomes, such as access to services and recovery. Lexy also has 12 years’ experience of teaching clinical and developmental psychology, statistics and research methods part time on the psychology undergraduate course at the University of Plymouth.



Research interests

Lexy‘s research interests include how to improve the communication of information conveying health risk, and applying the findings of risk perception research to real world risk communication. More latterly her research has moved into the area of talking therapies for anxiety and depression. In particular what aids recovery for people with anxiety and depression and how that recovery can be measured. She has a special interest in the use of hypnotherapy and emotional freedom technique in improving wellbeing.

Research grants:

Hellier, Newbold and Edworthy, (2008) Evaluating the Application of Research Findings to Emergency Communication (£62,500)

Newbold and Byng (2010) Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Evaluation Project, PenCLAHRC funding £22,789

Newbold and Byng (2011) Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Evaluation Project, PenCLAHRC funding £55,691





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