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About Anthony Whalley

Anthony completed his BSc Hons in Psychology at the University of Chester and worked in mental health care for the NHS. Within the university Anthony chairs the Psychology PhD Support Group. The group provides peer support and a communication hub between PhD students, department staff and wider university support networks. He is a member of the Contextual Behavioural Science (CBS) lab and also the Chester Research Unit for Psychology of Health (CRUPH).


Lifestyles lacking in physical activity are strongly associated with poor physical and mental health. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an evidence-based approach for therapy and coaching which uses mindfulness and personal values to promote a rich and meaningful life. Anthony’s PhD investigates discrete processes of ACT in relation to levels of physical activity and explores whether such processes are suitable for inclusion within interventions designed to help people overcome avoidant behaviours related to physical exercise.