Dr Chantelle Wood

Department of Psychology

Senior Lecturer

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Dr Chantelle Wood
Department of Psychology
Cathedral Court
1 Vicar Lane
S1 2LT

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

Social and Health Behaviour Change

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. I am also the behaviour change lead on 2 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 previously 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 Institute, and Sheffield:Air, an interdisciplinary network of researchers working on projects relating to air quality and pollution.

Stereotyping and prejudice reduction

My research focuses on evaluating interventions to reduce prejudice towards different social groups, and developing more effective interventions. 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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Journal articles


  • 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 Mishra: Violence against women and access to justice
  • Bashirat Ibrahim: Reducing prejudice through virtual imagined contact
  • Zhuozhuo Hu: Self-objectification in men and women

Previous students:

  • Dr Eric Manalastas (PhD, 2020): Predictors of collective action. Now at Visible Analytics
  • Dr Jose Sepulveda Maldonado (PhD, 2019): Video games and theory of mind
  • Dr Caroline Treweek (PhD, 2019): Public perceptions of autism
  • Dr Tom Hostler (PhD, 2017): Improving prospective memory using emotional cues and implementation intentions. Now at the Department of Psychology, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • 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
  • PSY6232 Systematically Reviewing Psychological Research 
  • Psy6110 Research Project in Psychology


I am the Level 3 Tutor for the Department of 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