Dr Ben Whalley

Dr Ben Whalley

Lecturer in Psychology

School of Psychology (Faculty of Health & Human Sciences)


Lecturer in heath psychology, and lead for the Behaviour Change pathway on the MPsych degree.

Research interests

Shared psychological mechanisms (in particular suggestion/expectancy and motivation) of conventional medical, complementary, and psychological treatments. 

Grants & contracts

REFRAMED: REFRActory depression - Mechanisms and Efficacy of Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. (Funded by the MRC EME scheme).

Research groups

  • Centre for Research in Brain, Cognition and Behaviour (CBCB)
  • Behaviour
  • Plymouth Inequalities Group

Key publications are highlighted

Bousquet J, Hellings PW, Agache I, Bedbrook A, Bachert C, Bergmann KC, Bewick M, Bindslev-Jensen C, Bosnic-Anticevitch S & Bucca C 2016 'ARIA 2016: Care pathways implementing emerging technologies for predictive medicine in rhinitis and asthma across the life cycle' Clinical and Translational Allergy 6, (1) , DOI PEARL
Kuyken W, Warren FC, Taylor RS, Whalley B, Crane C, Bondolfi G, Hayes R, Huijbers M, Ma H & Schweizer S 2016 'Efficacy of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy in Prevention of Depressive Relapse' JAMA Psychiatry 73, (6) 565-565 , DOI PEARL
Hyland ME, Hinton C, Hill C, Whalley B, Jones RC & Davies AF 2016 'Explaining unexplained pain to fibromyalgia patients: finding a narrative that is acceptable to patients and provides a rationale for evidence based interventions' British Journal of Pain , DOI PEARL
Halpin D, Hyland M, Blake S, Seamark D, Pinnuck M, Ward D, Whalley B, Greaves C, Hawkins A & Seamark C 2016 'Preference for different relaxation techniques by COPD patients: comparison between six techniques' International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Volume 11, 2315-2319 , DOI
Hyland ME, Whalley B, Jones RC & Masoli M 2015 'A qualitative study of the impact of severe asthma and its treatment showing that treatment burden is neglected in existing asthma assessment scales' Qual Life Res 24, (3) 631-639 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Skorka-Brown J, Andrade J, Whalley B & May J 2015 'Playing Tetris decreases drug and other cravings in real world settings' Addictive Behaviors PEARL
Lynch TR, Whalley B, Hempel RJ, Byford S, Clarke P, Clarke S, Kingdon D, O'Mahen H, Russell IT & Shearer J 2015 'Refractory depression: mechanisms and evaluation of radically open dialectical behaviour therapy (RO-DBT) [REFRAMED]: protocol for randomised trial' BMJ Open 5, (7) e008857-e008857 , DOI
Halpin D, Hyland M, Blake S, Seamark C, Pinnuck M, Ward D, Whalley B, Greaves C, Hawkins A & Seamark D 2015 'Understanding fear and anxiety in patients at the time of an exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a qualitative study' JRSM Open 6, (12) 205427041561454-205427041561454 , DOI
European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, Action Plan B3, Mechanisms of the Development of Allergy, WP 10, Global Alliance against Chronic Respiratory Diseases, Bousquet J, Addis A, Adcock I, Agache I, Agusti A, Alonso A & Annesi-Maesano I 2014 'Integrated care pathways for airway diseases (AIRWAYS-ICPs)' Eur Respir J 44, (2) 304-323 Author Site , DOI
Whalley B, Thompson DR & Taylor RS 2014 'Psychological interventions for coronary heart disease: cochrane systematic review and meta-analysis' Int J Behav Med 21, (1) 109-121 Author Site , DOI
Whalley B & Hyland ME 2013 'Placebo by proxy: the effect of parents’ beliefs on therapy for children’s temper tantrums' Journal of Behavioral Medicine 36, (4) 341-346 , DOI
Hyland ME, Alkhalaf AM & Whalley B 2012 'Beating and insulting children as a risk for adult cancer, cardiac disease and asthma' J Behav Med n/a, (n/a) n/a-n/a Author Site , DOI
Hyland ME, Alkhalaf AM & Whalley B 2012 'Beating and insulting children as a risk for adult cancer, cardiac disease and asthma' J Behav Med Author Site , DOI
Hyland ME, Whalley B, Halpin DMG, Greaves CJ, Seamark C, Blake S, Pinnuck M, Ward D, Hawkins A & Seamark D 2012 'Frequency of non-asthma GP visits predicts asthma exacerbations: an observational study in general practice' Prim Care Respir J 21, (4) 405-411 Author Site , DOI
Whalley B, Rees K, Davies P, Bennett P, Ebrahim S, Liu Z, West R, Moxham T, Thompson DR & Taylor RS 2011 'Psychological interventions for coronary heart disease' COCHRANE DATABASE OF SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS (8) Author Site , DOI
Whalley B & Hyland ME 2009 'One size does not fit all: motivational predictors of contextual benefits of therapy' Psychol Psychother 82, (Pt 3) 291-303 Author Site , DOI
Whalley B, Hyland ME & Kirsch I 2008 'Consistency of the placebo effect' J Psychosom Res 64, (5) 537-541 Author Site , DOI
Hyland ME & Whalley B 2008 'Motivational concordance: an important mechanism in self-help therapeutic rituals involving inert (placebo) substances' J Psychosom Res 65, (5) 405-413 Author Site , DOI
Whalley B, Jacobs PA & Hyland ME 2007 'Correlation of psychological and physical symptoms with chronically elevated cytokine levels associated with a common immune dysregulation' Annals of Allergy Asthma & Immunology 99, (4) 348-351
Hyland ME, Whalley B & Geraghty AWA 2007 'Dispositional predictors of placebo responding: A motivational interpretation of flower essence and gratitude therapy' Journal of Psychosomatic Research 62, (3) 331-340
Hyland ME & Whalley B 2006 'Chronic fatigue syndrome' Lancet 367, (9522) 1573-1574
Conference Papers
Nightingale AKAK, Yanagisawa Y, Tallis T, Wilson DG, Ismail Y, Dastidar AG, Jeetley P, Goonewardene M & Whalley B 2016 'Are clinicians influenced by cognitive biases when investigating chronic heart failure?' //0 //0 336-336