Dr Felix Why


Senior Lecturer

School of Psychology

Department of Performance, Health and Wellbeing

Contact Details

email: f.why@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 543026

Since completing his PhD at the University of St Andrews in 2005, Felix has worked at the National University of Singapore (Singapore), and then at the University of Hull before joining the University of Worcester as a Senior Lecturer in 2023. He is a Health and Care Professions Council registered health and occupational psychologist. 


  • PhD (Psychology)
  • HCPC Registered Health and Occupational Psychologist
  • BPS Registered Applied Psychology Practice Supervisor (RAPPS)
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy, FHEA

Teaching Interests

  • PSYC2543 Research Skills in Psychology
  • PSYC2542 The Individual and the Social World
  • MPSY4184 Advanced Research Analysis/Methods
  • MPSY4181 Leadership, Engagement and Motivation
  • MPSY4255 Advanced Research Methods

Research Interests

Felix’s research interests include factors (e.g., personality, implicit cues, nudge) that predict and explain health and health behaviours and have also published research on behavioural change interventions. He has collaborated with non-academic partners within the areas of occupational health and personnel selection.

Membership of Professional Bodies

BPS Chartered Psychologist

Recent Publications

  • Nuzulia, S., & Why, F. Y. P. (2020). When the Dark Shines: The Role of Dark Personality Traits in Leadership Role Occupancy and Hiring Decisions in a Collectivistic Culture. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 11(8), 1089-1100. https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550619893956


  • Why, Y. P., & Chen, M. R. (2013). Self-Enhancement and Cardiovascular Reactivity: Limitations of the Hemodynamic Profile-Compensation Deficit (HP-CD) Model of Blood Pressure Regulation. Biological Psychology, 92, 205-211. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsycho.2012.08.010


  • Why, F. Y. P., Undarwati, A., & Nuzulia, S. (2021). The sociodemographic context of observed solitary and social smoking behaviours using a behavioural ecological approach. Journal of Health Psychology, 26(9), 1318-1323. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1359105319877447 

External Journals

  • Reviewer for Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Asian Journal of Social Psychology, Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, British Journal of Health Psychology, Industrial Health, International Journal of Psychophysiology, International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Health Psychology, Personality and Individual Differences.

  • Consultancy and research collaboration with Singapore Police Force, Humberside Police, and British Transport Police.

  • Grant Proposal Reviewer for Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)