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Dr Emma Bray

Senior Research Fellow
School of Nursing

Emma has a background in health psychology, and has been active in health-related research for 15 years. Her interests are in prevention of stroke and cardiovascular health, behaviour change, and healthy lifestyles. Emma has worked on large clinical trials of self-management of hypertension, and has a particular interest in primary care based research.

Emma is a senior research fellow in the Stroke research team, with experience in quantitative and mixed-methods health service research, clinical trials, and research supervision. Her work focuses on the prevention of stroke and cardiovascular disease, with a particular interest in health psychology.

Emma achieved her BSc in Psychology and Sports Science from the University of Birmingham before going on to complete a MSc in Health Psychology at the University of Bath. She was then awarded a ESRC fellowship to continue at Bath to gain her PhD looking at neural network modelling in eating disorders. This was followed by 7 years at Primary Care Clinical Sciences at the University of Birmingham where she gained extensive experience in managing and conducting large scale primary care based, randomised controlled trials of blood pressure self-management interventions. Emma's particular interests within the trials was exploring the role of health behaviours and cognitions, and their impact on the intervention and outcomes. Emma started at UCLan in 2011 as a Guild Fellow in the School of Psychology and Computer Science, before joining the stroke research team in 2017