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Postgraduate Research in Psychology

Research areas and staff specialisms

The School of Psychology offers a broad range of theoretical, applied and methodological expertise and our staff have research supervisory interests in many areas. Listed below is Psychology staff and their research interests where we can offer PhD supervision.

Central staff (i.e. based at Walton Hall)

Dr Eleni Andreouli
Director of Research and Senior Lecturer: Social and political psychology, in particular: citizenship in everyday life; constructions of Britishness and Europeanness; constructions of prejudice; political identities (e.g. in the context of Brexit and more generally.
Dr Jovan Byford
Senior Lecturer: Relationship between social psychology and history; social psychological exploration of historical issues and historical material; social remembering and forgetting; antisemitism; cross-cultural analysis of conspiracy theories.
Dr Rose Capdevila
Senior Lecturer: Selfies and social media, gender in digital spaces, mothering on and offline, discursive approaches to identities (particularly gender and political identities), Q methodology and subjectivity, qualitative approaches and the politics of methodology.
Dr Simon Clarke
Lecturer: Critical mental health, critical theory and psychiatry; service user/survivor perspectives on madness and mental health services, collaborative methodologies; clinical health psychology, long-term chronic conditions.
Dr Lee Curley
Lecturer: Heuristics and biases; cognitive fallacies; juror decision making; memory; decision science; personalit.
Dr Sarah Crafter
Senior Lecturer: Sociocultural and critical psychological perspectives on the everyday practices of children, young people and families; migration, identities, transitions and diversity; child language brokering, unaccompanied/separated minors, children’s work and care practices, qualitative approaches.
Dr Gina Di Malta
Lecturer: Process and outcome in psychotherapy and counselling; research methods in counselling and psychotherapy; pluralistic therapy; community mental health interventions, patient choice.
Prof John Dixon
Professor of Social Psychology: Prejudice, conflict and racism; intergroup contract and desegregation; everyday understandings of socio-political change (notably in Northern Ireland and South Africa); the relationship between place and identity; spatial boundaries and intergroup relations.
Dr Lara Frumkin
Senior Lecturer: Psychology of terrorism, deception detection, extra-legal factors in courtroom decisions.
Dr Virginia Harrison
Senior Lecturer: (1) Mental health and wellbeing (particularly in the perinatal period); the development and evaluation of eMental Health tools. (2) Applied and theoretical aspects of face perception and recognition, including in-/out-group biases.
Dr Catriona Havard
Senior Lecturer: Applied and theoretical aspects of face perception and recognition, including eyewitness identification and biases in recognition.
Dr Claire Hewson
Senior Lecturer: Folk psychology, lay theories and beliefs, internet research methods, e-learning.
Dr David Jones
Senior Lecturer: Psychosocial perspectives in understanding criminal behaviour, in particular the borderline between mental health and offending. The significance of historical and psychosocial thinking to understanding contemporary issues.
Dr Helen Kaye
Senior Lecturer: Cognitive learning theory, contextual effects in Pavlovian conditioning, spatial learning.
Dr David Kaposi
Senior Lecturer: (1) Psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy: history, discourse and process; (2) Social psychology: violence, trauma and identity; (3) Israel/Palestine: discourse and subjectivities; (4) Qualitative research practice: critical discursive, psychoanalytic and psychosocial approaches.
Prof Darren Langdridge
Professor of Psychology and Sexuality: Construction of sexualities and masculinities, phenomenological/narrative psychology and existential-phenomenological psychotherapy.
Dr Lisa Lazard
Lecturer: Gendered/sexualised identities and how they become enmeshed relations of power; constructions of sexual violence, particularly sexual harassment and parenting.
Dr Kesi Mahendran
Senior Lecturer: Dialogue between citizens and their governments on vexed political questions where consensus is not easy e.g. migration, sovereignty, citizenship & UK-EU relations. Political Psychology of International Relations. Dialogical Psychology (Bakhtin) Social Representations, Public Opinion & Public Narratives. Dissensus and Consensus in Political Decision-Making. Psychology of Citizenship (National, European, Global). Comparative European approaches. Qualitative & Quantitative Dialogical Design, Methods & Mapping.
Dr Jean McAvoy
Senior Lecturer: Discourse analysis, subjectivities, identity, self and other, moral orders, and the management of trouble and dilemma.
Laura McGrath
Lecturer: Psychology of mental health; psychology of space and place; social and political contexts of mental health; community and arts responses to distress; qualitative methodology.
Dr Naomi Moller
Senior Lecturer: Process and outcome in psychotherapy and counselling; research methods in counselling and psychotherapy; issues around working with diverse populations in therapy.
Dr Johanna Motzkau
Senior Lecturer: Discursive psychology, methodology, theoretical psychology (process philosophy, Deleuze, Stengers), suggestibility, memory, childhood, sexual abuse, child witnessing, psychology and law (international perspectives on evidence/expertise).
Dr Volker Patent
Lecturer: Innovation in e-learning, emotions and learning, support of learning, formative and developmental assessment, graduate employability and skills, organisational trust and HR, assessment centre evaluation.
Prof Graham Pike
Professor of Forensic Cognition: Applied cognition and forensic psychology (particularly face perception and eye-witness identification), and the psychology of policing (particularly public engagement and citizen enquiry).
Dr Heather Price
Lecturer: Qualitative research methodologies at the interface between psychosocial and psychoanalytic studies. Qualitative research into therapeutic interventions in clinical, educational and community settings, particularly with children and young people. Models of reflective practice in residential child care settings.
Prof Paul Stenner
Professor of Social Psychology: Critical sociocultural psychology addressing a range of topics such as affectivity (especially jealousy and envy), psychosocial transitions, and 'liminal hotspots' (e.g. around ageing, sexuality, 'contested' illnesses, etc). Use of qualitative methods and Q methodology from within a process theoretical framework (including studies of human rights, political subjectivity, etc). History and philosophy of psychology.
Dr Ailsa Strathie
Lecturer: Theoretical and applied issues in facial recognition/verification, particularly CCTV identification, facial image comparison, eyewitness identification, within-person variability, and effects of familiarity; lay perception and understanding of expert evidence, crime and policing in the internet age; synaesthesia.
Prof Stephanie Taylor
Professor of Social Psychology: Narrative-discursive and other qualitative research on identities and subjectivity. Critical research on creative identities, place-related identities, creativity and creative practice, the creative industries and contemporary work.
Dr Jim Turner
Lecturer: Public understanding of forensic science and the 'CSI Effect'; attention and perception in applied contexts.
Dr Andreas Vossler
Senior Lecturer: Process and outcome in psychotherapy and counselling; research methods in counselling and psychotherapy; systemic approaches; intimate relationships; infidelity; online counselling and psychotherapy.
Dr Zoe Walkington
Senior Lecturer: Investigative interviewing of police suspects, witness interpretations of criminal incidents and the use of narrative in increasing empathic responding towards offenders.

Staff tutors

Dr Sharon Davis
Lecturer: Diagnostic errors and error pathways in medicine. Human factors and human machine interaction (cardiotocograph) cognition in relation to decision making, heuristics and biases especially during intrapartum. Research methods are mixed methodologies in applied settings.
Dr Rhiannon Edwards
Lecturer: Pain communication; pain in older adults; social and contextual influences on the reporting of pain; experimental paradigms.
Dr Tracey Elder
Lecturer: How group membership influences the norms and expectations of intergroup and intragroup communication; the use of feedback to improve student experience and attainment.
Dr Anastasia Economou
Lecturer: Anxiety, depression, eating disorders, counselling adults with disabilities, Psychodynamic counselling, cross-cultural counselling, online counselling, mindfulness based therapy, conservation psychology.
Gillian Ferrier
Lecturer: Cognitive psychology, particularly mental representation and the functional geometry of spatial prepositions.
Tracey Gormally
Lecturer: Educational psychology. Neurodiversity, assessment and diagnosis in adulthood. Narrative therapy and analysis in education. Coping strategies in educational and forensic settings.
Karen Hagan
Senior Lecturer: Autism. Construction of personal identity using techniques such as PECs (picture exchange communication system).
Simon Harrison
Lecturer: Discourse of risk and uncertainty; metaphor analysis; qualitative psychology; critical social psychology, power and identity.
Dr Caroline Kelly
Director of Student Support and Senior Lecturer: Adult learners, pedagogy of online and distance learning; social identities and group processes.
Dr Madeleine Knightley
Lecturer: Adult learners' personal identity; Adult students’ experiences of learning using new technologies.
Dr Marianna Latif
Lecturer: Parenting styles in Eastern European immigrant communities, effects of the host culture and links to the risk factors for juvenile offending in these communities.
Dr Jenny Lynden
Lecturer: (1) Applied health psychology taking a 'one health' approach in understanding professional-client interactions in 'making every contact count'; (2) coaching psychology, particularly focused on wellbeing, leadership and performance; (3) discursive analysis of human-chatbot interactions.
Dr Hayley Ness
Senior Lecturer: Applied cognitive psychology: perception of and memory for faces, particularly in eyewitness settings; facial composite construction; issues concerning visual evidence and juror decision-making.
Sue Nieland
Lecturer: Political psychology, political decision making of older citizens, representations of ageing, UK-EU relationship, dialogical approach.
Dr Rachel Penny
Lecturer: Identity development including nationality and the effect of transition on identity; learning experience of part-time and distance learners.
Dr Bianca Raabe
Lecturer: Young people, identity and the study of citizenship, role of counselling in the workplace.
Dr Katy Smith
Lecturer: Engagement in learning, and barriers to engagement across different transactional distances; Action research and action learning; cultural and behavioural issues in complex supply chains.
Dr Mark Smith
Lecturer: Syntax; the unity of the proposition; language and thought.
Stephen Robinson
Lecturer: Sociocultural and critical psychological perspectives on bullying. Psychodynamic counselling and therapeutic relationships. Qualitative approaches.

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