Dr Emma Bray

Dr. Emma Bray

Senior Research Fellow

School of Nursing

Brook Building, BB445

+44 (0) 1772 89 3883


Subject Areas: Health Psychology, Medicine, Primary Health Care

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. Before joining the stroke research team in 2017, Emma was a Guild Fellow in the School of Psychology. Prior to joining UCLan, she worked in primary care clinical sciences at the University of Birmingham focusing on self-management of hypertension. ‚Äč

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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, before joining the stroke research team in 2017. Her work focuses on the prevention of stroke and cardiovascular disease and she is developing projects on the self-management of pre-hypertension, and the pathways involved in the aetiology of cryptogenic stroke.

  • PhD Psychology, University of Bath, 2006
  • MSc Health Psychology, University of Bath, 2000
  • BSc(Hons) Psychology with Sports Science (2:1) University of Birmingham, 1999



Bray, Emma, Holder, Roger, Mant, Jonathan and McManus, Richard J. (2010) Does self-monitoring reduce blood pressure? Meta-analysis with meta-regression of randomized controlled trials. Annals of Medicine, 42 (5). pp. 371-386. ISSN 0785-3890

McManus, Richard J., Mant, Jonathan, Haque, M. Sayeed, Bray, Emma P.  , Bryan, Stirling, Greenfield, Sheila M., Jones, Miren I., Jowett, Sue, Little, Paul et al (2014) Effect of Self-monitoring and Medication Self-titration on Systolic Blood Pressure in Hypertensive Patients at High Risk of Cardiovascular Disease. JAMA, 312 (8). p. 799. ISSN 0098-7484

McManus, R J, Mant, J, Bray, Emma, Holder, R, Jones, M I, Greenfield, S, Kaambwa, B, Banting, M, Bryan, S, Little, P, Williams, B and Hobbs, F D (2010) Telemonitoring and self-management in the control of hypertension (TASMINH2): a randomised controlled trial. The Lancet, 376 (9736). pp. 163-172. ISSN 0140-6736

Bray, EP  , Jones, MI, Banting, M, Greenfield, S, Hobbs, FDR, Little, P, Williams, B and McManus, RJ (2015) Performance and persistence of a blood pressure self-management intervention: telemonitoring and self-management in hypertension (TASMINH2) trial. Journal of Human Hypertension, 29 . pp. 436-441. ISSN 0950-9240

More publications


Stroke Research Team (Clinical practice research unit)


The Role of Self-Monitoring in the Prevention of Cardiovascular Risk; LIFE funded writing group. This funding enabled us to prepare and submit an application to NIHR RfPB for a feasibility study looking at self-monitoring in pre-hypertension. We are currently awaiting the decision on our application.

Investigating the Detection of CRYPTogenic stroke (ID-CRYPT); LIFE funded writing group. This funding builds on development funding from Liverpool CCG, to enable us to prepare a NIHR programme grant application exploring the pathways involved in the aetiology of cryptogenic stroke.

BHF BP Detection Award. Member of the steering group on this Public Health/ LCC award, increasing high blood pressure detection in Lancashire and South Cumbria


Chartered Psychologist status granted in December 2007

Graduate Member of British Psychological Society

Graduate member of the BPS Health Psychology Division

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