Anthony Whalley

PhD Student

Anthony is a PhD student in the Department of Psychology.


Anthony is currently studying for a PhD in the promotion of positive lifestyle changes for mental health care service users. He completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Chester and works in mental health care for the NHS.


Anthony’s research involves exploring the impact of physical exercise for people with severe mental illness (SMI). His aim is to investigate the role physical activity plays in lifestyle change for people with SMI and the effectiveness of mindfulness-based approaches in motivating and maintaining engagement in exercise programmes. Development of successful methods of promoting initial and continued engagement with exercise will enable mental health services to deliver more effective exercise programmes that encourage long term lifestyle change. Ultimately, enabling such behavioural change has the potential to increase quality of life for people with mental illness, prevent associated secondary clinical problems and reduce health service usage.