Dr Laura Kudrna

Laura Kudrna

Institute of Applied Health Research
Assistant Professor

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University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Laura Kudrna is an Assistant Professor at the University of Birmingham.

Her main research interests are in applying psychological and behavioural principles to drive health and wellbeing improvements for individuals and communities.


  • PhD Social Policy, London School of Economics, 2018
  • Year 1 Post-Graduate Certification in Higher Education, 2017
  • MSc Social Research Methodology, London School of Economics, 2012
  • BSc Psychology, University of Westminster, 2009


Laura is funded by the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC). Before joining Birmingham, she held postdoctoral posts at University of Warwick Medical School (2018-2020) and London School of Economics' (LSE) Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science (2017-2018). 

While at Warwick, she contributed to a mixed-methods evaluation of a workplace health and wellbeing intervention that was funded by the Department of Work and Pensions. She is now PI on an extension of this workplace project, which is funded by the NIHR Prevent Consortium. 

At LSE, she co-developed and evaluated a mobile phone application that tracks mood and behaviour on a John Templeton Foundation Happiness and Wellbeing Programme grant. She is now co-PI on a project funded by the What Works Centre for Wellbeing on community wellbeing.

Her PhD at LSE was fully funded by a school scholarship and investigated the relative income effect in wellbeing research. 

Laura has a private sector background in medical, financial, and technology research, including project management, recruitment and training, and quality control. 


  • Social Determinants, Health Promotion (MBChB)– University of Birmingham – Oct 2020 (online)
  • Global Issues, Special Lecturer – University of Birmingham, Social Policy (BA) – Oct 2020 (online)
  • Evidenced Based Research Methods (MBChB)– University of Birmingham, Oct – Dec 2020 (online)
  • Public Mental Health (MSc) – Warwick Medical School, May 2019 & April 2020 (online)
  • Health Improvement and Management (MSc) – Warwick Medical School, Mar 2019
  • Consumer Behaviour (BSc), LSE Department of Management, 2016-2018 (summer schools)
  • Goals and Motivation for Individuals and Teams (MSc), LSE Department of Management, Jan 2017
  • Behavioural Science and Policy (Exec MSc), LSE Department of Social Policy, Sep 2016
  • Happiness, Behaviour and Public Policy (Exec MSc), LSE Department of Social Policy, 2015-2017

Postgraduate supervision

Laura is available to supervise doctoral research students in the following areas:

  • Behaviour change programmes that apply established frameworks (COM-B, Mindspace) to affect health and wellbeing
  • Workplace health and wellbeing research, including meaningful work and subjective perceptions of wellbeing
  • Diary-based and time use approaches to tracking behaviour and wellbeing

If you are interested in studying any of these subject areas please contact Laura directly, or for any general doctoral research enquiries, please email mds-gradschool@contacts.bham.ac.uk

For a full list of available Doctoral Research opportunities, please visit our Doctoral Research programme listings


Research interests

Behavioural science, wellbeing, quality of life, healthcare, workplaces, implementation science, psychology, social policy, inequality

Current projects

  • National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Prevent Funding (£297K) – Pilot evaluation of a behaviour change support intervention for employers in the Thrive at Work health and wellbeing programme, 2021-2023, PI
  • Research England Quality-Related Impact Funding (£20K)  – Aligning investigative recommendations with statistical findings in healthcare, 2021, co-I
  • What Works Centre for Wellbeing (£47K) – Different People, Same Place: Understanding and modelling the relationship between individual and place-based community wellbeing, 2020-2021, co-PI
  •  Public Health England (£78K) – Core Standards in Screening, 2020-2021, co-I
  •  Warwick Institute of Advanced Study (£3K) – Field Experiment to Understand Behavioural Spillovers 2019), co-I
  •  LSE Knowledge Exchange and Impact (KEI) (£78,387) – Time Use Wellbeing App, 2016/17, named researcher
  • LSE PhD studentship (2013-2017). Awarded LSE PhD Studentship for four years of fees and living expenses.

Other activities

  • Deputy Director of Training and Development for University Birmingham ARC branch
  • Core Academic Member of the Centre for Urban Wellbeing, leading on the theme of Wellbeing Economies


Recent publications


Schmidtke, KA, Aujla, N, Marshall, T, Hussain, A, Hodgkinson, GP, Arheart, KL, Birnbach, DJ, Kudrna, L & Vlaev, I 2022, 'A Crossover Randomized Controlled Trial of Priming Interventions to Increase Hand Hygiene at Ward Entrances', Frontiers in public health, vol. 9, 781359. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2021.781359

Schmidtke, KA, Skrybant, M, Kudrna, L, Russell, S, Ding, IL & Clarke, A 2022, 'A workshop to co-design messages that may increase uptake of vaccines: a case study', Vaccine, vol. 40, no. 37, pp. 5407-5412. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2022.07.053

Schmidtke, KA, Kudrna, L, Noufaily, A, Stallard, N, Skrybant, M, Russell, S & Clarke, A 2022, 'Evaluating the relationship between moral values and vaccine hesitancy in Great Britain during the COVID-19 pandemic: a cross-sectional survey', Social Science & Medicine, vol. 308, 115218. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2022.115218

Kudrna, L & Kushlev, K 2022, 'Money does not always buy happiness, but are richer people less happy in their daily lives? It depends on how you analyze income', Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 13, 883137. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.883137

Kudrna, L, Bird, P, Hemming, K, Quinn, L, Schmidtke, K & Lilford, R 2022, 'Retrospective evaluation of an intervention based on training sessions to increase the use of control charts in hospitals', BMJ Quality & Safety. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjqs-2021-013514

Schmidtke, KA, Evison, F, Grove, A, Kudrna, L, Tucker, O, Metcalfe, A, Bradbury, A, Bhangu, A & Lilford, R 2022, 'Surgical implementation gap: an interrupted time series analysis with interviews examining the impact of surgical trials on surgical practice in England', BMJ Quality & Safety. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjqs-2022-015077

Schmidtke, KA, Kudrna, L, Quinn, L, Vlaev, I, Hemmings, K & Lilford, R 2021, 'An online randomized controlled trial and survey of behavioural factors influencing patients' willingness to attend a video consultation', British Journal of Health Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjhp.12545

Choudhury, S, Kudrna, L, Celiktemur, B & Lilford, R 2021, 'Application of behavioural psychology principles to self-care programmes for people living with leprosy', Leprosy Review, vol. 92, no. 4, pp. 344-355. https://doi.org/10.47276/lr.92.4.344

Dolan, P, Foy, C, Kavetsos, G & Kudrna, L 2021, 'Faster, higher, stronger… and happier? Relative achievement and marginal rank effects', Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, vol. 95, 101761. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socec.2021.101761

Martikainen, SJ, Kudrna, L & Dolan, P 2021, 'Moments of meaningfulness and meaninglessness: a qualitative inquiry into affective eudaimonia at work', Group and Organization Management. https://doi.org/10.1177/10596011211047324

Dolan, P, Laffan, K & Kudrna, L 2021, 'The Welleye: a conceptual framework for understanding and promoting wellbeing', Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 12, 716572. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.716572

Querol, SE, Iqbal, R, Kudrna, L, Al-Khudairy, L & Gill, P 2021, 'The double burden of malnutrition and associated factors among South Asian adolescents: findings from the Global School-Based Student Health Survey', Nutrients, vol. 13, no. 8, 2867. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13082867

Thrive at Work Wellbeing Programme Collaboration, Kudrna, L & Watson, S 2019, 'Evaluation of a policy intervention to promote the health and wellbeing of workers in small and medium sized enterprises - a cluster randomised controlled trial', BMC Public Health, vol. 19, no. 1. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-019-6582-y

Review article

Vlaev, I, Uttamlal, T & Kudrna, L 2020, 'Social care insurance: a review of psychological influences on uptake', Frontiers in public health, vol. 8, 564471. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2020.564471

Kudrna, L 2016, 'Book review: measuring happiness: the economics of wellbeing', International Journal of Happiness and Development.

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