Dr Chantelle Wood

Department of Psychology

Senior Lecturer

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Dr Chantelle Wood
Department of Psychology
Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences (ICOSS)
219 Portobello
S1 4DP

I am a social psychologist, with a particular focus on behaviour change and intergroup relations. My key research interests centre around understanding and changing social, health and environmental behaviours, and evaluating and improving interventions to reduce prejudice. I also have expertise in meta-analysis. 

  • PhD: University of Western Australia
  • BSc (Hons): University of Western Australia


  • University of Sheffield Early Career Senate Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (2018)
  • Turnitin Global Innovation Awards Honourable Mention (2017)
Research interests

Understanding and changing health and environmental behaviour

My research focuses on understanding why people do (or do not) engage in different behaviours, and using this knowledge to develop and evaluate behaviour change techniques to promote positive social, health and environmental behaviours. My research involves both primary empirical research and also meta-analytic techniques. 

I am currently the behaviour change lead on INGENIOUS, a £3 million interdisciplinary research consortium on understanding and improving indoor air quality, funded by the UKRI SPF Clean Air Programme. Previously, I was the behaviour change lead on two interdisciplinary research projects on technical and behavioural barriers to ventilation in the hospitality sector, funded by the Health and Safety Executive’s PROTECT National Core Study on COVID Transmission and Environment, and Sheffield City Council. I was also involved in research on single-use plastics, as part of the UKRI-funded interdisciplinary research programme Plastics: Redefining Single Use.

I am a member of the Healthy Lifespan InstituteThe Institute for Sustainable Food and Sheffield:Air, an interdisciplinary network of researchers working on projects relating to air quality and pollution.

Understanding and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion

My research revolves around understanding and overcoming barriers to inclusion, and exploring strategies for reducing stereotyping and prejudice. I am currently Co-I on a research project on understanding and tackling the barriers to employment experienced by autistic adults (2023-2024), funded by the Colt Foundation. I’m particularly interested in interventions based on intergroup contact, including imagined and virtual contact, and in the effects of interpersonal confrontations of prejudice. I am also interested in the effects of weight stigma on health and wellbeing. I am part of the Sheffield Inequalities Researchers’ Network.


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  • Wood C, Conner M, Hutter R & Davies L (2018) Social Cognition and Attitudes In Davey G (Ed.), Psychology Wiley RIS download Bibtex download


Research group

Current PhD students:

  • Ankita Sehrawat: Weight stigma and health
  • Ankita Mishra: Violence against women and access to justice
  • Bashirat Ibrahim: Reducing prejudice through virtual imagined contact

Previous students:

  • Colt Foundation (Mar 2023 – Aug 2024, £66,367): Understanding and tackling the barriers to employment experienced by autistic adults

  • UKRI/NERC (Aug 2021 – Jul 2025; £3 million): INGENIOUS: UnderstandING the sourcEs, traNsformations and fates of IndOor air pollUtantS

  • Health and Safety Executive (Jul 2021 – Mar 2022, £169,677): Technical and behavioural challenges to improving hospitality ventilation in small and medium sized venues

  • Sheffield City Council (Jul 2021 – Mar 2022, £171,691): Technical and behavioural challenges to improving hospitality ventilation in small and medium sized venues II

  • UKRI/EPSRC (Jan 2019- Oct 2020; £1 million): Plastics: Redefining Single Use

  • University of Sheffield Pro Vice Chancellor Learning and Teaching Fund Grant (Feb 2017- Jul 2017; £999): Student engagement with feedback

  • British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grant (Aug 2016- Aug 2017; £9927): Optimising blood donation using the Question-Behaviour Effect
Teaching activities

I teach on the following modules on the BSc Psychology and MSc in Psychological Research Methods/Psychological Research Methods with Advanced Statistics

  • PSY1001 Social Psychology I 
  • PSY2001 Social Psychology II 
  • PSY346 Research Project in Psychology
  • PSY331 Extended Essay in Psychology
  • Psy6121 Research Methods
  • Psy6110 Research Project in Psychology
Professional activities and memberships

Section Editor (Group/Intergroup Processes Section) for Social and Personality Psychology Compass

Editorial Consultant for British Journal of Social Psychology

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

PhD Opportunities

I am not currently accepting applications for PhD study.

We advertise PhD opportunities (Funded or Self-Funded) on FindAPhD.com

For further information, please see the department PhD Opportunities page.