Lucy Hives

Lucy Hives

Research Assistant

School of Dentistry

Harrington Building, HA133

+44 (0) 1772 89 3910

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

Lucy started working as a Research Assistant in Dentistry in June 2016, where she is currently involved in research investigating the effectiveness of screening for type 2 diabetes and prediabetes in the dental setting. She previously worked for a year in the Allied Health Professions Research Team, following completion of her M.Sc. in Health Psychology at UCLan in 2014. 

Full Profile

The research Lucy has been involved in has focussed around developing and testing new screening techniques for chronic diseases and conditions such as type 2 diabetes and chronic fatigue syndrome. She also helped to design the next phase of the TIPPs trial which aims to test Targeted Interventions for Patellofemoral Pain. Lucy has experience of working with public involvement groups to help design health-related research and has helped to apply for research funding from Diabetes UK and Arthritis Research UK.

Lucy also 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.

Research Activities

Lucy has been working with Dr Nic Hodson to design a research project, which will investigate screening for type 2 diabetes and prediabetes in the dental setting.


The effectiveness of screening for type 2 diabetes and prediabetes in the dental setting.

Investigating the accuracy of a new physical assessment technique for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME).

TIPPs: Targeted Interventions for Patellofemoral Pain.

Teaching activities and responsibilities

Lucy is a dissertation supervisor for the MSc dental courses.


Hives L, Bradley A, Richards J, Sutton C, Selfe J, Basu B, Maguire K, Sumner G, Gaber T, Mukherjee A, Perrin RN. Can physical assessment techniques aid diagnosis in people with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis? A diagnostic accuracy study. BMJ Open. 2017, In press.