Psychology: The Link Between Disease and Mental Health, Prevention and Treatment

Dr. Esther Murray

Queen Mary, University of London

Dr. Murray is a Chartered and Registered Health Psychologist with an interest in childhood obesity, social inequalities in health and doctor-patient communication. Her early research was in chronic pain and its effect on doctor-patient communication and she has a background in psychological intervention in cardiac care and training NHS staff in communication skills. For the past 5 years, she has run a Master's degree in Health Psychology at London Metropolitan University and now teaches Health Psychology to MBBS students at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University.


Charlotte Potter

Macmillan Cancer Support

Charlotte is an Innovation Consultant at Macmillan Cancer Support, designing new services for people living with and beyond cancer.  Prior to this she has worked in the UK and overseas leading a range of research, policy and programme development projects.  Starting her career as an analyst at KPMG, she quickly moved on to understanding and resolving problems in the public sphere.  She has worked in the health sector for the last 10 years.  She has a degree in modern languages from the University of Cambridge and a Masters in International Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies.


Stephanie Taylor

Stephanie Taylor is Professor in Public Health and Primary Care. Her research interests include complex interventions, chronic disease management and the self management of chronic conditions.

She has led a number of systematic reviews of quantitative research evidence and is currently involved in a number of clinical trials of complex interventions in the community. She is principal investigator on an NIHR programme grant looking at a novel self management intervention for chronic musculoskeletal pain (COPERS), and co investigator on a large study of the effect of promoting physical activity on depression amongst residents in residential and nursing homes (OPERA).

Stephanie sits on the NICE Public Health Interventions Advisory Committee. She is an expert advisor on self care of non-communicable diseases to the World Health Organization.