Marie Reid (updated)

Professor Marie Reid

Professor/ Director of MSc Clinical Applications of Psychology/ Athena Swan lead for Psychology

Faculty of Health Sciences

01482 465558

Professor Reid is a consultant clinical psychologist and health psychologist.

Her first degree was in modern languages and literature, and she became interested in psychology when she worked in Rome and found her students talked to her about their problems, as well as their language lessons.

She also translated for Dr Cesare de Silvestri, one of Italy's leading psychiatrists, who encouraged her to become a clinical psychologist.

Her PhD was on eating behaviour and she continues to specialise in that area, both for research and clinically.


Research Interests

  • Interventions for and barriers to weight loss in special groups (PCOS, severe obesity, people with intellectual disabilities)

  • Sufferers’ experiences of and perspectives on eating disorders

  • The cognitive mechanisms underlying food choice

  • Carbohydrates, mood, appetite and body weight

Research groups

  • Weightwise, Hull's specialist service for people who are seriously obese.

  • Michael White Diabetes Centre. Hull Royal Infirmary

  • SEED, the eating disorders charity. Hull

  • EVOLVE, Hull's specialist eating disorder service

  • Obesity Task Force, British Psychological Society

  • Nuffield Health Hospital, York

  • Glasgow and Clyde Obesity Service, Yorkhill Hospital, Glasgow


Cartwright, L., Reid, M., Hammersley, R. & Walley, R. (2016). 'Barriers to increasing the physical activity of people with intellectual disabilities'. British Journal of Learning Disabilities. doi:10.1111/bld.12175

Greetham, S., Goodwin, S., Wells, L., Whitham, C., Jones, H., Rigby, A., Sathyapalan, T., Reid, M., Atkin, S.L. (2016) 'Pilot investigation of a virtual gastric band hypnotherapy trial for weight loss – a randomised controlled pilot trial'. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. 64(4), 419-433. doi:10.1080/00207144.2016.1209037

Hammersley, R., Reid, M. & Atkin, S.L. (2014). 'How to measure mood in nutrition research'. Nutrition Research Reviews. 27, 284–294.

Mellor, D., Witham, C., Goodwin, S., Morris, M., Reid, M., Atkin SL. (2014). 'Weight loss in a UK commercial all meal provision study - a randomised controlled trial of a 12-week intervention in overweight adults'. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 27, 377-383.

Williams, S. & Reid, M. (2012). ‘"It’s like there are two people in my head": A phenomenological exploration of anorexia nervosa and its relationship to the self'. Psychology and Health, 27, 798-815.

Full list


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list


  • Psychological Interventions

  • Case Studies in Mental Health

  • Changing Health Behaviours

  • Context of Health and Illness

  • Psychological Research

Research PhDs

  • Human feeding, especially the areas of focus above.

  • Other clinically relevant areas

Completed PhDs

  • Frederike Jacobs, Solution Focused Therapy for Eating Disorders, University of Essex

  • Sarah Williams, Anorexia Nervosa, Queen Margaret University Edinburgh

  • Jane Bunting, Food Expectancies and Food Choice, Glasgow Caledonian University


Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA Hons French, Spanish, Italian, Strathclyde University

  • MEd Psychology, Glasgow University

  • PhD, Medical Faculty, Glasgow University

  • Statement of Equivalence in Clinical Psychology, British Psychological Society

External roles

Professional Bodies:

  • Chartered Health and Clinical Psychologist, Health Professions Council / British Psychological Society

  • The Nutrition Society

  • The British Nutrition Foundation


  • NHS Lothian.Scotland

  • University of Southampton

  • University of Ulster, Coleraine

  • Columbia University, New York

  • University of Otago, New Zealand

  • University of Adelaide, Australia

Awards and accolades

Recent grants

  • 2017-2018 A randomised controlled trial to investigate the effect of very low calorie diet (VLCD) vs. an energy deficit approach weight loss diet, over 8 weeks, in obese women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). (NHS) Thozhukat Sathyapalan Professor and Honorary Consultant Academic Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Liz Wells, Hull York Medical School.

  • 2015-2016 Access to mental health services: Exploring the barriers and facilitators to helping Hull’s distressed young people. (Hull Clinical Commissioning Group). Jo Bell PI, with other colleagues from Social Sciences and Faculty of Health and Social Care.

  • 2012-2015 The long term effects of carbohydrates added blind to the diet on appetite and mood in overweight men. (Sugar Nutrition UK). Reid as PI.

Professional highlights

  • Helped to develop and set up Tier 3 Weightwise, Hull's first specialist multidisciplinary obesity service     

  • Member of the National Obesity Task and Finish Group, British Psychological Society (BPS)

  • Coordinated and led the BPS response to the revised NICE guidelines 2017 on Eating Disorders