Author Biographies

Health Psychology: Theory, Research and Practice - David F. Marks 2010

Author Biographies


was born in Petersfield, England and lives in Provence, France. David graduated from the University of Reading and completed his PhD in mathematical psychology at the University of Sheffield. He held positions at the University of Otago, New Zealand and at University College London. He served as Head of the School of Psychology at Middlesex Polytechnic, and as Head of the Department of Psychology at City, University of London, UK. As a Visiting Professor, he carried out research in the Department of Neurosurgery at Hamamatsu School of Medicine and in the Department of Psychology at Kyushu University in Japan, at the Universities of Oregon and Washington in the US, and taught health psychology at the University of Tromsø in Norway. In addition to four previous editions of this book, David has published 25 books including: The Psychology of the Psychic (1980, with R. Kammann), Theories of Image Formation (1986), Imagery: Current Developments (1990, with J.T.E. Richardson and P. Hampson), The Quit For Life Programme: An Easier Way to Stop Smoking and Not Start Again (1993), Improving the Health of the Nation (1996, with C. Francome), Dealing with Dementia: Recent European Research (2000, with C.M. Sykes), The Psychology of the Psychic (revised edition, 2000), The Health Psychology Reader (2002), Research Methods for Clinical and Health Psychology (2004, with L. Yardley), Overcoming Your Smoking Habit (2005), Obesity: Comfort vs. Discontent (2016) and Stop Smoking Now (2017). David served as Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Health Psychology Section and Special Group in Health Psychology and as Convenor of the European Task Force on Health Psychology. He was instrumental in establishing the first postgraduate health psychology training programmes at Master’s and Doctoral levels in the UK. With Michael Murray, David is a founding member of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology. He is also the Founder and Editor of the Journal of Health Psychology and Health Psychology Open and is a specialist in theories, methods, clinical trials and psychometrics.


is Professor of Psychology at the University of Keele, UK. Previously he was Professor of Social and Health Psychology in the Division of Community Health, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, and has held positions at St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School, London, UK and at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. His previous books include Smoking Among Young Adults (1988, with L. Jarrett, A.V. Swan and R. Rumen), Qualitative Health Psychology: Theories and Methods (1999, with K. Chamberlain) and Critical Health Psychology (2004, 2015). Michael is Associate Editor of Psychology and Health and an editorial board member of the Journal of Health Psychology, Health Psychology Review, Psychology, Health and Medicine and Arts and Health. His current research interests include the use of participatory and arts-based methods to promote social engagement among older people.


is a Lecturer in Psychology at Keele University. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (magna cum laude) at the University of the Philippines, and her MSc and PhD in Health Psychology at City, University of London. Emee specializes in health promotion and community development and has facilitated action research projects in some of the most deprived areas in the UK and in the Philippines. As a scholar activist, she became actively involved in supporting activities for Oxfam, the Association for International Cancer Research, CRIBS Philippines and Save the Children UK. Emee is a steering group member of Health Literacy UK and sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Health Psychology, Health Psychology Open, Community, Work and Family and the Philippine Journal of Psychology.