Dr Jonathan Farnell

Job: Senior 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

Psychology and Technology research cluster

Health Psychology research cluster

Research interests/expertise

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

Areas of teaching

  • PSYC1200 Core Areas and Research Methods 1
  • PSYC1090 Introductory Research Methods in Psychology (Module leader)
  • PSYC2013 Further Research Methods for Psychologists
  • PSYC2091 Biological Psychology
  • PSYC3400 Cyberpsychology
  • PSYC5411 Research Methods for Understanding and Evaluating Psychological Well-being
  • PSYC5611 Applied Statistics in Health Psychology


  • PGCAP APA (Distinction) – De Montfort University, 2022
  • PhD – Teesside University, 2019
  • MSc Health Psychology (Merit) – Teesside University, 2013
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (2:1) – Teesside University, 2012

Courses taught

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • MSc Psychological Wellbeing
  • MSc Health Psychology

Membership of professional associations and societies

Fellow of the Higher Education Association (FHEA)

Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society (CPsychol)

Graduate member of the British Psychological Society

Division of Health Psychology, British Psychological Society

Cyberpsychology Section, British Psychological Society

ORCID number


Roles and responsibilities

  • Admissions tutor for undergraduate psychology programmes
  • Year 1 (level 4) coordinator
  • Module lead of PSYC1090 Introductory Research Methods in Psychology