Dr Jonathan Farnell

Job: Lecturer in Psychology

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 366 4669

E: jonathan.farnell@dmu.ac.uk


Personal profile

Jonathan completed his higher education studies at Teesside University in which he achieved a PhD, MSc, and BSc (Hons) in psychology with a postgraduate focus on health psychology. While working towards his PhD Jonathan lectured part-time and contributed to a range of undergraduate psychology modules.

Jonathan’s research interests involve the psychology of human-computer interaction, also known as cyberpsychology, positive health-related behaviour change, and conceptual aspects of health and positive psychology such as leisure-stress coping and social support. Jonathan is particularly interested in researching how leisure technologies, such as computer games, may facilitate health-related behaviour change.

Research group affiliations

Institude for Psychological Sciences

Research interests/expertise

  • Human-computer interaction / Cyberpsychology
  • Positive health-related behaviour change
  • Psychology of computer game play
  • Advanced quantitative statistical concepts and techniques


  • PhD – Teesside University, 2019
  • MSc Health Psychology – Teesside University, 2013
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology – Teesside University, 2012

Courses taught

As a part-time lecturer at Teesside University between 2015 and 2018 I taught on the BSc (Hons) Psychology programme and contributed to the 1st year module Introduction to Core Areas in Psychology, and the 2nd year modules Biological and Social Psychology, and Psychological Research Design and Analysis.

Membership of professional associations and societies

Graduate member of the British Psychological Society

ORCID number


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