The Psychology Research Group is a vibrant part of the university with active staff and involved students. It prizes intellectual curiosity and adventurousness, and a willingness to wrestle with difficult issues. It aims to foster high quality research which is academically rigorous which will yield international recognition and maximum impact. The research group supports a lively seminar programme of its own and group members participate in other seminar programmes and research collaborations across the university.
The Psychology Group exists to share expertise among members, create strong collaborative relationships and generate and apply psychological knowledge across a range of domains including health, wellbeing, cognition and social behaviour. Staff interests currently include:
Coping and motivational strategies
This area encompasses work on stress and anxiety in relation to academic performance. Factors relevant to success and academic attainment among university students are also being explored. Further fields of interest include the personal qualities associated with success in organizational life, as well as the experience of families where children suffer allergies.
Psychology of health, wellbeing and lifespan development.
This focus covers issues of health in infants and new mothers, including feeding behaviour, health concerns in young people, communication in health care contexts, aggression in health and social care and the experience of illness and disability.
This focus also includes established interests in child and adult cognitive and personality development, but also embraces newly emerging concerns with mental health and well-being, as reflected in a new MSc course in Psychological Wellbeing
and a British Psychological Society accredited MSc in Health Psychology
Division of Psychology
Led by: Dr Mark Scase
T: +44 (0)116 257 7811
Psychology Research Group
Led by: Dr Shira Elqayam
T: +44 (0)116 257 7850