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Andrew Steptoe Professor of Psychology and Epidemiology University College London

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Andrew Steptoe is professor of psychology and epidemiology at University College London (UCL), where he is also head of the Department of Behavioural Science and Health. In addition, he is the director of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA). Professor Steptoe was a student at the University of Cambridge before moving to Oxford University for his doctorate. He was appointed lecturer in the Department of Psychology at St. George’s Hospital Medical School, becoming Professor and Chair of the Department in 1998. He moved to UCL as British Heart Foundation Professor of Psychology in 2000, continuing in this post until 2016.

Professor Steptoe is a past-president of the International Society of Behavioral Medicine, was founding editor of the British Journal of Health Psychology, and is a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Academy of Social Sciences, and the Royal Society of Biology. He has edited or authored 25 books and has published over 800 articles and chapters. His work is currently focused on social, psychological and biological aspects of ageing, links between mental and physical health, loneliness and social isolation, health behaviour change, and the biology of stress.