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, Allied Health

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

Full Profile

Lucy’s research has focussed primarily on developing and testing new screening techniques for chronic diseases and conditions such as type 2 diabetes and chronic fatigue syndrome. Lucy has experience of working with public involvement groups to help design health-related research. She has helped to apply for research funding from Diabetes UK, the Oral & Dental Research Trust and Arthritis Research UK, as well as applying for STEMH and IRAS ethics approval. Lucy is also on the STEMH ethics committee.

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.


MSc (Hons) Health Psychology, University of Central Lancashire, 2014.

BSc. (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.



Lucy is currently working with Dr Nic Hodson on the topic of screening for type 2 diabetes in the dental setting. They are due to begin recruitment for a pilot study shortly.

Lucy is also working with Dr Nara Tagiyeva-Milne and Comensus involving members of the public, aged 65 and over, in identifying oral health research priorities.


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

Oral health in older adults: Establishing public involvement groups to identify research priorities.

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

TIPPs: Targeted Interventions for Patellofemoral Pain.


Clinical Sciences Group


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

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Lucy is an MSc dissertation supervisor and in 2018/19 she will be delivering lectures on academic database searching and research ethics for the MSc dental courses.