Lucy Hives

Lucy Hives

Senior Research Assistant

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing

Brook Building, BB406

+44 (0) 1772 89 3910

Subject Areas: Health, Dentistry, Psychology, Physiotherapy, Public Health

Lucy started working as a Senior Research Assistant in the Research Support Team, Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, in November 2018.

She previously worked as a Research Assistant for over 2 years in the School of Dentistry and for a year in the Allied Health Professions Research Unit, following completion of her M.Sc. in Health Psychology at UCLan in 2014. 

Full Profile

Lucy’s research has focussed primarily on health screening and assessment (e.g. type 2 diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, dysphagia) and prevention of disease (e.g. hypertension and CVD). Lucy has experience of working with public involvement groups to help design health-related research. She has helped to apply for research funding from NIHR, Diabetes UK, The Dunhill Medical Trust, the Oral & Dental Research Trust and Arthritis Research UK, as well as applying for internal UCLan ethics and HRA approval. Lucy is also on the HEALTH Ethics Review Panel.

Lucy has a range of mental health experience having worked as an Assistant Psychologist within a Children’s Psychology department in the NHS, as a healthcare assistant caring for people diagnosed with different types of dementia in nursing homes and as a voluntary befriender for Lancashire County Council. 

Her research interests are centred around improving health and wellbeing and reducing inequality in populations.

  • M.Sc. (Hons.) Health Psychology, University of Central Lancashire, 2014.
  • B.Sc. (Hons.) Psychology, Sheffield Hallam University, 2012


Hives L, Bradley A, Richards J, Sutton C, Selfe J, Basu B, Maguire K, Sumner G et al (2017) Can physical assessment techniques aid diagnosis in people with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis? A diagnostic accuracy study. BMJ Open 7(11):e017521.

Teaching Activities

Lucy was previously involved with teaching research modules on the MSc dentistry courses, including lecturing, dissertation supervision, assignment marking and creating educational videos.

RESEARCH Activities

Lucy is currently working with Dr Emma Bray in the area of improving prognosis for people with cryptogenic stroke, and with Dr Philippa Olive exploring health harms for victims of interpersonal violence.


Current projects

  • Interpersonal violence and health harms (Funded by the Wellcome Trust)
  • Improving diagnosis for people with cryptogenic stroke (Funded by the LIFE Institute)

Previous projects

  • Self-monitoring in the prevention of cardiovascular risk.
  • Best practice guidelines for videofluoroscopy in the assessment of dysphagia.
  • Access to healthcare for people with autistic spectrum disorder and/or intellectual disabilities.
  • Screening for type 2 diabetes and prediabetes in the dental setting.
  • Priorities for oral health research in older adults.
  • A new physical assessment technique for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME).
  • TIPPs: Targeted Interventions for Patellofemoral Pain.


2016 Guest Lecture, The 9th Perrin Technique Conference, Prestwich, Manchester