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Prof Mark Wetherell


Department: Psychology

Mark is a Professor of Psychobiology and is registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Health Psychologist. He also holds a visiting fellowship at the Centre for Human Psychopharmacology, Swinburne University Melbourne.

Following completion of his PhD in Psychoneuroimmunology (Plymouth University), Mark held several post-doctoral positions within the Henry Wellcome Laboratories for Integrative Neuroscience & Endocrinology, and the Departments of Primary Care and Social Medicine at Bristol University, funded by research council and medical charities.  Mark then held the position of Investigator Scientist at the Medical Research Council exploring the impact of psychological factors on wound healing in diabetes patients, before positions of Senior Lecturer, Reader, and Associate Professor at Northumbria University Newcastle. 

Mark Wetherell

Key Publications

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  • Affiliate stigma, perceived social support and perceived stress in caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorder, Lovell, B., Wetherell, M. 20 Aug 2019, In: Archives of Psychiatric Nursing
  • An experimental investigation into cardiovascular, haemodynamic and salivary alpha amylase reactivity to acute stress in Type D individuals, Allen, S., Wetherell, M., Smith, M. 4 Jul 2019, In: Stress
  • A one-year prospective investigation of Type D personality and self-reported physical health, Allen, S., Wetherell, M., Smith, M. 3 Jul 2019, In: Psychology & Health
  • Competition stress leads to a blunting of the Cortisol Awakening Response in elite rowers, MacDonald, D., Wetherell, M. 18 Jul 2019, In: Frontiers in Psychology
  • Mood and Influenza Vaccination in Older Adults, Ayling, K., Fairclough, L., Buchanan, H., Wetherell, M., Vedhara, K. 5 Aug 2019, In: Health Psychology
  • Objectively Assessed Prospective Memory Failures and Diurnal Cortisol Secretion in Caregivers of Children with ASD, Lovell, B., Marshall, A., Heffernan, T., Wetherell, M. 1 Mar 2019, In: Journal of Family Psychology
  • Anticipated next-day demand affects the magnitude of the cortisol awakening response, but not subjective or objective sleep, Elder, G., Barclay, N., Wetherell, M., Ellis, J. Feb 2018, In: Journal of Sleep Research
  • Caregivers’ Characteristics and Family Constellation Variables as Predictors of Affiliate Stigma in Caregivers of Children with ASD, Lovell, B., Wetherell, M. Dec 2018, In: Psychiatry Research
  • The physical and psychological health benefits of positive emotional writing: Investigating the moderating role of Type D (distressed) personality, Smith, M., Thompson, A., Hall, L., Allen, S., Wetherell, M. Nov 2018, In: British Journal of Health Psychology
  • The relationship between Type D personality and physical health complaints is mediated by perceived stress and anxiety but not diurnal cortisol secretion, Smith, M., Riccalton, V., Kelly-Hughes, D., Craw, O., Allen, S., O'Connor, D., Wetherell, M. 4 May 2018, In: Stress: The International Journal on the Biology of Stress

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Mark is a specialist in the psychobiological causes and consequences of stress and much of his research concerns exploring the psychobiological pathways through which psychological (e.g., stress) and behavioural (e.g., illicit drug use, lifestyle) factors can lead to deleterious effects on aspects of health, well-being and performance.  In other words, how stress gets inside the body and why it has different effects on different people. He has worked with a range of clinical (e.g., rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, IBS, chronic fatigue), occupational (e.g., medical professionals, firefighters, frontline care staff, prison officers, police force), sports (e.g., elite rowers, rugby and football teams), and healthy populations, and has a particular interest in individuals experiencing chronic stress (e.g., parent carers and careworkers of individuals with behaviours that challenge). His research involves a range of psychological and biological (nervous, endocrine and immune systems) methods, and he has developed novel, ecologically valid techniques for assessing the basal functioning and acute activation of psychobiological pathways in ambulatory and laboratory settings. Many of the populations he works with would benefit from participation in stress-reduction interventions; however, their situations often make it difficult to participate or maximise their benefits.  Mark’s work also involves the development of bespoke interventions that are more easily accessible by individuals experiencing chronic stress.

PGR Supervision

  • Daniel Rippon The Development of a Theoretical Framework on Work Related Stress in Health and Social Care Professionals who Manage Behaviours that Challenge Start: 01/11/2015
  • Matthew Robertson Start: 26/04/2018
  • Jill Marshall Start: 01/10/2018


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