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I am a Health Psychologist and CBT Therapist working within the Mental Health team. I am broadly interested in self-regulation processes and health outcomes, and the psychobiological processes in health and ilness. The aim of my research is to apply theoretical models derived from different areas of psychology (i.e., health, clinical, cognitive and social) as well as from the social and biomedical sciences more broadly to enhance our understanding of the aetiology and course of wellbeing and distress across a range of physical and mental health problems.

I have a particular interest in the role of anxiety in the development and maintenance of health problems, as well as how psychological interventions can be used to impact upon both physical and mental health.

I have also been extensively involved in implementing clinical developments at both national and local level, through consultancy work with Health Boards, the Scottish Government, and in the auditing of individual services. 

I have extensive teaching skills for both online and class-based learning in fields ranging from Research Methods to Psychological Interventions and Policy Development.

I am currently working on the role of executive functioning in Cardiac Rehabilitation outcomes, and the impact of anxiety interventions of biological markers of illness and stress.

External positions

DHP Scotland Committee Member, British Psychological Society



  • BF Psychology
  • Health

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Research Output 2008 2017

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Cognitive behaviour therapy-trained staff’s views on professional accreditation

Parkinson, B. & Marks, D., 13 Sep 2017, In : Mental Health Practice. 21, 1, p. 27-32 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Cognitive Therapy
Mental Health

Breastfeeding support and promotion: The health professional's perspective

Marks, D., 2015, In : Journal of Health Visiting. 3, 1, p. 38-46

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Breast Feeding
Health Promotion
Focus Groups

Health professionals’ attitudes towards the promotion of breastfeeding

Marks, D. & O'Connor, R., 2015, In : British Journal of Midwifery. 23, 1, p. 50-58 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Attitude to Health
Breast Feeding
Focus Groups

Can recovery capital predict addiction problem severity?

Burns, J. & Marks, D., 5 Jul 2013, In : Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly. 31, 3, p. 303–320 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Regression Analysis
Pharmaceutical Preparations

Does use of touch screen computer technology improve classroom engagement in children

Marks, D., Laxton, T., McPhee, I., Cremin, L., Sneider, A. & Marks, L., 2013, In : The Online Educational Research Journal. p. 1-29

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

primary school


Pharmaceutical Preparations
quality of life
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