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Professor Alison Wearden (PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS) - personal details

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Professor Alison Wearden

Role: Professor of Health Psychology

Tel: +44 (0)161 275 2684


School of Psychological Sciences
University of Manchester
Coupland Building
Oxford Road
M13 9PL

Fax: +44 (0)161 275 2588




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 centre around understanding and managing chronic illness, particularly chronic fatigue syndrome, focusing on the roles of illness cognitions and interpersonal factors.

Link to my google scholar page:

Memberships of Committees and Professional Bodies

  • Academician in the 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 Division 38 American Psychological Association


Professor of Health Psychology

Editor (with David French) of British Journal of Health Psychology

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



Level 2: 2nd year Academic Advisor and PSYC 21000 Psychology Futures

Level 2 PSYC 20341 Mental health and wellbeing

Level 3: PSYC 30920 Projects

Level 3: PSYC 31232 Communication in Health Care


Masters in Clinical and Health Psychology:

PSYC 69822 Mind and body in health and illness (module leader)