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Kelly Schmidtke

Job Title
Assistant Professor
WMS - Health Sciences
Research Interests

My research largely aims to enhance the health, wealth, and wellbeing of people using light-touch and low-cost mechanisms, also known as nudges.

My work is published in peer-reviewed academic journals, e.g. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, and BMJ Quality and Safety. I have given invited talks for the Experimental Philosophy Group UK on research methods, and for the Department of Health on 'Nudge' mechanisms. I have received funding from Money Advice Service and the Health Foundation. I have developed projects with external organizations including (but not limited to) McDonalds, Orbit Housing Association, Citizen Advice Bureaus, JobsCentres Plus, and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

Please contact me if you are interested in collaborating. I'd love to work with you.

*Academic and professional qualifications
  • PhD Auburn University - Experimental Psychology (Advisor - Prof Jeffrey Katz)
  • BA University of Minnesota Twin Cities - Psychology (Advisor - Prof Bruce Overmeir)
*Previous employment
  • 2019-2020 -- Manchester Metropolitan University, Lecturer, Psychology
  • 2013-2019-- University of Warwick, Research Fellow, Business School
  • 2010-2012-- University of Nottingham, Research Fellow, Business School
  • 2009-2010-- Washington University in St. Louis, Lab Assistant, Psychology
  • 2005-2009-- Auburn University, Lab Manager, Psychology
  • 2003-2005-- University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Lab Assistant Psychology
  • Schmidtke, Kelly, Vlaev, Ivo, 2020. Nudge theory. In Ragin, D. F.; Keenan, J. P. (eds.), Handbook of Research Methods in Health Psychology, New York, NY, Routledge, pp. 414-427
  • Schmidtke, Kelly, Magnotti, John F., Wright, Anthony A., Katz, Jeffrey S., 2013. The evolution of comparative psychology. Bradley, James; Lamar, Jay (eds.), Charles Darwin : a celebration of his life and legacy, Montgomery, NewSouth Books
  • Sturz, B. R., Bodily, K., Hernandez, M., Schmidtke, Kelly, Katz, J. S., 2008. Animal cognition. Davis, Stephen F.; Buskist, William; Brooke Rasmussen, Erin; Lawyer, Steven R. (eds.), 21st century psychology : a reference handbook, Los Angeles, SAGE Publications
Title Funder Award start Award end
Pilot evaluation of a behaviour change support intervention for employers running health and wellbeing programmes. National Institute for Health Research (NIHR DoH) 01 Sep 2021 31 Dec 2023
Nudging Hospital Prescribers to Choose the most Cost Effective Medicines The Health Foundation 01 Feb 2019 30 Sep 2021
Environmental Engineering to Increase Hand Hygiene Compliance The Health Foundation 01 Apr 2016 31 Dec 2020
Evaluation of tools to Improve the financial capability of University students and young adults Money Advice Service 01 Sep 2017 19 Jun 2019