Dr. Emma Bray

Guild Research Fellow

School of Psychology

Darwin Building, DB213

+44 (0) 1772 89 3883


Subject Areas: Health Psychology, Medicine, Primary Health Care

Emma Bray 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. Emma was awarded a ESRC fellowship to continue at Bath to gain her PhD looking at neural network modelling in eating disorders. Emma then took up a post in Primary Care Clinical Sciences at the University of Birmingham for seven years, before returning to her psychology roots at UCLan.

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

Full Profile

Emma joined UCLan in March 2013 as a Guild Research Fellow in Psychology. Her previous work was in 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 interest within the trials was exploring the role of lifestyle behaviours and their impact on the result intervention and outcomes.

The move to UCLan has meant Emma has returned to her Psychology roots which is both exciting and challenging. Emma hopes to spend her time at UCLan as a Guild Research Fellow building on her experience of RCTs, with an increased focus on behavioural interventions, both within the area of hypertension but also in other health areas. She is keen to explore in further detail why and how self-management and lifestyle interventions work to lower BP and cardiovascular risk, as well as other health outcomes. She would also be keen to return to the topic of her PhD and develop more research ideas in the arena of eating disorders.


Emma was featured in the Winter 2016 edition of BreakThrough magazine talking about being a Guild Research Fellow and about her research into measuring blood pressure.



1996-1999 BSc(Hons) Psychology with Sports Science (2:1) University of Birmingham
1999-2000 MSc Health Psychology, University of Bath
2001-2006 PhD Psychology, University of Bath




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, 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

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Emma's main research activities have been centred around the self-monitoring and self-management of hypertension, whilst she was trial manager at the University of Birmingham.

External Activities

Referee for the Journal of Hypertension

Referee for NIHR research for Patient Benefit funding stream


Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society

Graduate Member of the Division of Health Psychology






TASMINH; writing up stage of an RCT exploring the self-management of blood pressure. Main trial was published in the Lancet (2010).

TASMIN-SR; Former trial manager on this RCT looking at self-management of blood pressure in people at high risk of CVD. Currently involved in writing papers related to the trial.

Systematic review of self-management of hypertension protocols; this project is part of a larger NIHR programme grant on which Emma was programme manager, before taking up her current post at UCLan. She remains involved in the SR as well as on the programme grant overall.

Cochrane review on the self-monitoring of blood pressure. This is an update of her previous meta-analysis (Bray et al, 2010).