News and events

Dr. Mark Roy

Senior Lecturer

School of Psychology

Darwin Building, DB113

+44 (0) 1772 89 3752

Mark is research active within the area of psychology and is a member of the Health Psychology Research Group.

Full Profile

In 1988 Mark was awarded an MRC studentship to conduct postgraduate research with Professor Andrew Steptoe at St George’s Medical School. This was followed by a Leverhulme Fellowship between 1992-93. In 1994 he spent six months as a postdoctoral research assistant in the Wellcome Research Unit, Department of Psychiatry, Oxford University with Professors Anke Ehlers and David Clarke. In 1994 Mark took up an appointment as assistant professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Health at The Pennsylvania State University. In 2000 he joined the School of Psychology at University of Central Lancashire.


Payne, L., Orsega-Smith, ER., Roy, M & Godbey, G.C. ( 2005) Local Park Use and Personal Health Among Older Adults: An Exploratory Study. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration Volume 23 (1 2) , 1-20.

More publications


A primary research interest is investigating the interaction of behaviour, personality and environment in the modulation physiological responses to stress (principally haemodynamic and neuroendocrine). Mark is particularly interested in how these patterns of individual differences are involved in chronic disease aetiology, in particular cardiovascular disease. His research encompasses a range of methodological approaches including the manipulation of stress exposure in the laboratory, the monitoring responses to daily life stress exposure, and using survey research techniques to audit exposure to stress in daily life. He also has research interests in the role of health behaviours, particularly physical activity as adjuncts to reducing the prevalence of chronic disease pathology.

Lab Director: Health Psychology Research Suite

As lab director Mark coordinates policy and utilization of the research suite, as well as facilitating its use for research and teaching within the department. A major activity has been the planning and resourcing of the suite through an extensive programme of capital investment. The suite now offers exceptional opportunities for research in the areas of health and physiological psychology.


BSc, Psychology ( Birmingham) 1988

PhD, Psychology ( St George’s Medical School, University of London) 1994

CPsychol, 2001

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

PS 1500 Topics in Psychology
PS 2500 Physiological Psychology
PS 2850 Techniques in Biopsychology
PS 3312 Exercise Psychology
PS 3508 Cardiovascular Behavioural Medicine (module leader)
PS 3800 Frontiers in Biopsychology

MSc Health Psychology (BPS Accredited Stage I Postgraduate Professional Training Route Course Leader)

PS 4321 Health Psychology: Core Psychobiological Issues (module leader)
PS 4322 Health Psychology: Core Psychosocial Issues (module leader)
PS 4940 Advanced Health Psychology Project (module leader)

Course Director ( designate) Certificate in Stage II Health Psychology