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Emily Arden-Close

Principal Academic in Psychology, Bournemouth University

Emily Arden-Close is a Principal Academia in Psychology at Bournemouth University. She completed her PhD in Health Psychology Research and Professional Practice at the University of Southampton, followed by research posts at the Universities of Sheffield and Southampton, and a mixed academic post at the University of Southampton. She is a registered Health Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Emily's research focuses on assessing and improving health and quality of life in long-term illness, and developing and evaluating digital interventions to improve health and wellbeing. She has worked on a Cancer Research UK funded grant looking at sperm banking before cancer treatment, and an Asthma Research UK funded grant which developed a breathing training intervention for patients with asthma, the results of which were published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.

Emily has expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research, and in design of questionnaires and randomised controlled trials. She brings to her work both awareness of behaviour change techniques and a person-based approach to involving users in the development of digital interventions.

Emily's work has been funded by Prostate Cancer UK, the NIHR National School for Primary Care Research, GambleAware and the International Center for Responsible Gaming, USA. She led a randomised trial of a mobile app based intervention using social norms and goal setting to manage responsible online gambling as part of the EROGamb project funded by GambleAware.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Bournemouth University


  • 2008 
    University of Southampton, PhD in Health Psychology Research and Professional Practice