Mark Wetherell


Research 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.



Organisational affiliations

Education/Academic qualification

  • PhD, Psychology

    Individual differences in secretory immunoglobulin A (S-IgA) reactivity to acute stress

    1 Oct 1998 - 15 Jan 2002
  • MSc, Psychology

    Psychological Research Methods & Statistics

    1 Oct 1997 - 1 Oct 1998
  • BSc (Hons), Psychology

    1 Oct 1994 - 31 Jul 1997

Professional Qualifications

  • Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society, C.Psychol

  • Registered Practitioner Health Psychologist (Health & Care Professions Council), HCPC Registered Health Psychologist