In the School of Psychology, we’re committed to conducting innovative, high quality and socially relevant research which directly informs our teaching. The Psychology Research Hub includes the Culture and Social Psychology Group (CUSP), Forensic Cognition Research Group, Networking Families Research Group and a growing strength in counselling psychology. Many psychology staff based in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences also play an active role in University based research groups:
Harm & Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC) unites contemporary practice-based research and critical policy analysis in crime, harm, policing, criminal justice and criminalisation, with an awareness of historical, psychological and social contexts.
Health and Wellbeing Priority Research Area brings together a multi-disciplinary team of colleagues from across the OU with external collaborators from the wider academy, industry, government, policy and practice in a bid to work together to address local, national and international health challenges.
Current projects in the School of Psychology include research into:
Child language brokers
Discursive constructions of identities
Driving and mobile phone use
Gender, sexualities, relationships, parenting
Intergroup relations, segregation and social change
Mental health in context
Police investigations & interviewing
Public understandings of Brexit and Post-Brexit Politics
Psychology Virtual Participant Panel
The School of Psychology is host to the Open University's Psychology Virtual Participant Panel. To find out more about psychology research, and to join the panel, please visit the Virtual Participant Panel website.