Dr Felix Yong Peng Why


Faculty of Health Sciences


+44 (0) 1482 465157

Felix Why joined the University of Hull in 2013 after obtaining his PhD from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, in 2005.

Since arriving in the UK, he has obtained his FHEA and HCPC registration as a practitioner psychologist (health, occupational).


Research Interests

  • Cardiovascular psychophysiology
  • Psychological processes (e.g. appraisal, emotions) and personality (e.g. hostility) in predicting health and health behaviours
  • The role of discrepancies between subjective and objective factors (e.g., illusory control, positive illusions, self-enhancement) in health and health behaviours
  • Psychological stress and stress resilience


Why, Y. P., & Chen, M. R. (2013). 'Self-Enhancement and Cardiovascular Reactivity: Limitations of the Hemodynamic Profile-Compensation Deficit (HP-CD) Model of Blood Pressure Regulation'. Biological Psychology, 92, 205-211. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2012.08.010

Lai, Z., Why, Y. P.*, Koh, D. S. Q., Ng, V. A. C., & Chin, L. L. (2012). 'Body fat fluctuations among female adolescents with restrained eating behaviours'. Appetite, 59, 17-20. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2012.03.017

Why, Y. P., & Huang, R. Z. (2011). 'Positive Illusions and its association with Cardiovascular Functions'. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 81, 305-311. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2011.07.016

Why, Y. P. & Huang, Z. R. (2010). 'Facilitative and interference effects of facial expressions on familiarity as a function of repetition priming frequency'. Visual Cognition, 18, 945-953. doi: 10.1080/13506281003693577

Why, Y. P., Huang, Z. R., & Sandhu, P. K. (2010). 'Affective messages increase leisure walking only among conscientious individuals'. Personality and Individual Differences, 48, 752-756. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2010.01.022

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list


  • Psychology and Health
  • Philosophical and Theoretical Issues in Health Psychology

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD (St Andrews, Scotland)

External roles

  • Singapore Police Psychological Services Division
  • Singapore Home Team Behavioural Sciences Centre