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Prof Mark Wetherell

Professor

Department: Psychology

Mark is a Professor of Psychobiology and is registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Health Psychologist. Mark is the lead for the Health & Wellbeing research cluster and is a member of the Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee in the Department of Psychology. 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

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.

Key Publications

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  • Elevated Levels of Hair Cortisol Concentrations in Professional Dementia Caregivers, Rippon, D., McDonnell, A., Bristow, M., Smith, M., McCreadie, M., Wetherell, M. 27 Aug 2021, In: Stress
  • Manipulating levels of socially evaluative threat and the impact on anticipatory stress reactivity, Craw, O., Smith, M., Wetherell, M. 22 Feb 2021, In: Frontiers in Psychology
  • Sleep Disturbances and Physical Health Problems in Caregivers of Children with ASD, Lovell, B., Elder, G., Wetherell, M. 1 Jun 2021, In: Research in Developmental Disabilities
  • The effects of Covid-19 lockdown on health and psychosocial functioning in older adults aged 70 and over, Docherty, S., Haskell, C., McInnes, L., Wetherell, M. 29 Jul 2021, In: Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine
  • Written benefit finding for improving psychological health during the Covid-19 pandemic first wave lockdown, Hansen, S., Wetherell, M., Smith, M. 15 Jun 2021, In: Psychology & Health
  • A Grounded Theory Study on Work Related Stress in Professionals who Provide Health & Social Care for People who Exhibit Behaviours that Challenge, Rippon, D., McDonnell, A., Smith, M., McCreadie, M., Wetherell, M. 27 Feb 2020, In: PLoS One
  • Alcohol Hangover and Multitasking: Effects on Mood, Cognitive Performance, Stress Reactivity, and Perceived Effort, Benson, S., Ayre, E., Garrisson, H., Wetherell, M., Verster, J., Scholey, A. 17 Apr 2020, In: Journal of Clinical Medicine
  • Experienced demand does not affect subsequent sleep and the cortisol awakening response, Elder, G., Wetherell, M., Barclay, N., Ellis, J., Pollet, T. 30 Jul 2020, In: Nature and Science of Sleep
  • Exploring the moderating role of benefit finding on the relationship between child problematic behaviours and psychological distress in caregivers of children with ASD, Lovell, B., Wetherell, M. Feb 2020, In: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
  • Online writing about positive life experiences reduces depression and perceived stress reactivity in socially inhibited individuals, Allen, S., Wetherell, M., Smith, M. 1 Feb 2020, In: Psychiatry Research

PGR Supervision

  • Olivia Craw Assessing the Role of Anticipation in Psychobiological Stress Responding Start Date: 01/10/2013 End Date: 30/03/2017
  • Brian Lovell Assessing the Psychophysiological Pathways that Link Chronic Stress with Increased Vulnerability for Ill Health Start Date: 01/09/2008 End Date: 12/12/2013
  • Matthew Robertson The impact of stress on the non-technical skills of perioperative practitioners Start Date: 26/04/2018
  • Jill Marshall Exploring the wellbeing (including stress) of prison officers working in a therapeutic prison environment with personality disordered, high-risk offenders. Start Date: 01/10/2018
  • Daniel Rippon The Development of a Theoretical Framework on Work Related Stress in Health and Social Care Professionals who Manage Behaviours that Challenge Start Date: 01/11/2015 End Date: 10/05/2019

Qualifications

  • Psychology PhD January 15 2002
  • Psychology MSc October 30 1998
  • Psychology BSc (Hons) July 31 1997
  • Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society C.Psychol
  • Registered Practitioner Health Psychologist (Health & Care Professions Council) HCPC Registered Health Psychologist


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