Prof Alison Wearden PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS

Emeritus Professor

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Professor of Health Psychology

Past Editor (with David French) of British Journal of Health Psychology 01/13-12/17

Past Chair, British Psychological Society, Division of Health Psychology. 


I graduated in Psychology from the University of Manchester in 1977, and then went on to obtain a Diploma in Social Administration and Social Work in 1979. After working for nine years as a Probation Officer and four years at home caring for children, I returned to Psychology in 1993 when I worked on some research looking at age and IQ effects in timing. I worked as a researcher from 1993 to 1999 until taking up my post as lecturer in Psychology in January 2000. I obtained an MSc entitled "Cognitive Functioning in chronic fatigue syndrome" in 1995, and a PhD, entitled "Expressed emotion and Type 1 diabetes" in 2000. My current research interests include understanding and managing chronic illness, particularly chronic fatigue syndrome, focusing on the roles of illness cognitions and interpersonal factors, and the physical health of people with mental health conditions. Current projects and research being carried out by PhD and masters students include developing an app to enhance wellbeing and motivation in people who do not currently want to quit smoking; understanding the experiences, particularly interpersonal experiences, of people with IBD and IDD; quality of life in couples as one partner transitions onto dialysis; the influence of partners on adjustment to recently diagnosed dementia.

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Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • Full Member of the Division of Health Psychology
  • Chartered Psychologist
  • Registered as a Health Psychologist with the Health Professions Council
  • Member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
  • Member of European Health Psychology Society
  • Member of the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine
  • Member of the American Psychosomatic Society

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