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

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
Hyland ME, Alkhalaf AM & Whalley B 2013 'Beating and insulting children as a risk for adult cancer, cardiac disease and asthma' J Behav Med 36, (6) 632-640 Author Site , DOI
Whalley B & Hyland ME 2013 'Placebo by proxy: the effect of parents' beliefs on therapy for children's temper tantrums' J Behav Med 36, (4) 341-346 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