Karis Moon

Research project: Understanding healthcare workers motivation for getting vaccinated against the flu.


Influenza is a severe threat and vaccination remains the most effective mean to mitigate it. Commonly, the approach to address low vaccination uptake is to develop information campaigns. However, an alternative approach addresses psychological drivers that may determine vaccination behaviour. My research aims to understand Healthcare Professionals autonomous motivation and how it may impact the decision to vaccinate.

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: Understanding healthcare workers motivation for getting vaccinated against the flu.
  • Research supervisor: Professor Gaëlle Vallée-Tourangeau


I have a research background in decision-making psychology, particularly related to flu vaccination behaviour.  After working on a couple of vaccination-related projects I was awarded a scholarship to complete a full-time PhD (Occupational Psychology) at Kingston Business School. I am a member of the Decision, Attitudes, Risk and Thinking research group and have arranged several external seminars benefiting a multi-disciplinary audience. 

I am interested in behaviour change to improve flu vaccine uptake among HCPs and (in the future) I'm keen to develop behavioural interventions which aim to improve vaccination uptake rates.  

Areas of research interest

  • Health behaviour change
  • Vaccination behaviour
  • Decision-making psychology


  • MRes Business and Management
  • BSc Psychology with Drama


Thomson, A., Robinson, K., Vallée-Tourangeau, G. (2016). The 5As: A practical taxonomy for the determinants of vaccine uptake, Vaccine, 34, 1018-1024. doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2015.11.065.

Vallée-Tourangeau, G., Promberger, M., Moon, K., Wheelock, A., Sirota, M., Norton, C., & Sevdalis, N. (2017). Motors of influenza vaccination uptake and vaccination advocacy in healthcare workers: Development and validation of two short scales. Vaccine. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2017.08.025