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Professor Alison Wearden PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS

Photograph of Alison Wearden

Professor of Health Psychology

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


Professor of Health Psychology

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

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

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


Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)

Treatment of CFS, the experience of cognitive problems in CFS in relation to fatigue, mood and illness beliefs, family responses to CFS.

Expressed Emotion

The role of family Expressed Emotion in mental and physical health conditions

Healthy living in recent onset pychosis

I am the Health Psychologist on a team which has recently developed and is testing an intervention to encourage healthy living in people recovering from recent onset psychosis

Antibiotic prescribing for respiratory tract infections

We have developed and delivered a brief evidence and theory-based intervention to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing for respiratory tract infections.

Family factors in diabetes

I am a member of the Institute of Health Sciences Diabetes and Obesity Research Network. My research interests in this area include:

  • Family factors (in particular partners' expressed emotion) in relation to self-management of and adjustment to diabetes in adults
  • Illness cognitions and diabetes - how the beliefs which patients hold about their diabetes impact on their attempts to manage it, their adjustment and well-being

Individual differences in health and illness

Attachment theory, alexithymia and symptom reporting. Attachment style and therapeutic alliance. Attachment and psychosis.


  • Chronic illness management
  • Health Promotion
  • Patient self-management
  • Individual differences

Methodological Knowledge

  • Randomised controlled trials
  • Experimental studies
  • Quantitative
  • Qualitative



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)



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.

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  • Wearden, A., Borrelli, B., Bartlett, Y. K., Tooley, E., & Armitage, C. (2099).

    Prevalence and Frequency of mHealth and eHealth Use Among Smokers in the US and UK and Differences by Motivation to Quit.Journal of medical Internet research.

. Publication link: 76a3187b-5b15-4000-8b1f-73c90a40ede3

  • Wearden, A., Brooks, J., Kime, N., King, N., Gillibrand, W., & Campbell, F. (2099).

    We don’t need no education? Exploring how young people think about and respond to diabetes in their peers.Diabetes Care for Children & Young People.

  • . Publication link: 2489aae9-9d51-4578-b574-8066dee4c770

  • Wearden, A., Jayanti, A., Foden, P., Morris, J., Brenchley, P., & Mitra, S. (2099).

    Self-cannulation for haemodialysis: patient attributes, clinical correlates and self-cannulation predilection models.P L o S One. . Publication link: f0dbd995-ba6c-4080-a8ec-1c19f0941ea3

  • Wearden, A., Noke, . U., M., . U., Peters, . U., S., . U., A., . U., & Ulph, F. (2099).

    A qualitative study to explore how professionals in the UK make decisions to test children for a sickle cell carrier status. Unknown Journal. . Publication link: 04c188b9-918b-4498-a698-171e6561e3ef

  • Wearden, A., Russell, C., Emsley, R., Fairclough, G., & Kyle, S. (2099).

    Subjective but not Actigraphy-Defined Sleep Predicts Next-Day Fatigue in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Prospective Daily Diary Study. Sleep. . Publication link: 27182d6b-63e9-4b8a-bae6-7859b91bbdb4

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    Research projects