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Dr Nadia Svirydzenka

Job: VC 2020 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)116 250 6483




Personal profile

Dr Nadia Svirydzenka is a Lecturer in Social Psychology at De Montfort University. She completed her BSc in Psychology at Drake University, United States; MSc in Cross-Cultural Psychology and Brunel University, London; and a PhD with the focus on Social and Developmental Psychology at the University of Dundee, Scotland. She then spent four years as a Research Associate at the Greenwood Institute of Child Health at the University of Leicester.

Nadia’s primary research interests lie in the field of social psychology with the focus on self and identity processes in children and adolescents when applied in the area of mental health and psychological wellbeing.

Recently, Nadia has been using Identity Structure Analysis approach in studying emotional and social psychological processes underlying the development of self and identity in children and adolescents. This particular strand of research focuses on trying to understand the individual and group variations in identity development and its impact on psychological well-being of young people in a cross-cultural context.

Research group affiliations

  • Self and Identity Research Group (DMU)
  • Psychology (DMU)
  • Identity Structure Analysis (London)
  • Migration Network (University of Leicester)

Research interests/expertise

  • Identity (social, ethnic, national, cultural)
  • Development of self
  • Child and adolescent mental health
  • Identity and health
  • Wellbeing
  • Vulnerable groups (fostered/homeless children)
  • Group processes
  • Entitativity
  • Identity Structure Analysis
  • Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed methods research.

Areas of teaching

  • Social Psychology
  • Research methods


PhD in Social and Developmental Psychology, University of Dundee, Scotland, UK

MSc in Cross-Cultural Psychology, Brunel University, London, UK

BSc in Psychology, Drake University, Iowa, United States

Membership of professional associations and societies

European Association of Social Psychology (EASP) 2011 - Present

Conference attendance


Svirydzenka, N. The 2nd International Conference on Social Identity and Health: Building Resilience by Mobilizing Connections, 2-4 June, 2014 (Attendance).

Svirydzenka, N., Dogra, N., & Vostanis, P. Ethnic Diversity and Child and Adolescence Mental Health. Poster presented at the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions Congress, July 21 – 25, 2012, Paris, France.

Svirydzenka, N. & Dogra, N. Predicting mental health of British adolescents by their ethnic membership: A guide for services. Poster presented at the Annual Excellence in Child Mental Health Conference, November 30 – 3 December, 2011, Istanbul, Turkey. 

Svirydzenka, N., Dogra, N., & Vostanis, P. Ethnic diversity and child and adolescent mental health. Poster presented at the 25th Annual Conference of the European Health Psychology Society, September 20 – 24, 2011, Crete, Greece. – Won best poster at the conference.

Svirydzenka, N., Bennett, M., & Sani, F. Perceiving Groups as Entities: Adults' and Children's Perspectives. Poster presented at the 15th General Meeting of the European Association of Experimental Social Psychology, June 10 – 13, 2008, Opatija, Croatia.


Svirydzenka, N., Dogra, N., & Vostanis, P. Defining quality in child and adolescent mental health services: Stakeholder perspective. Poster presented at the Royal College of Psychiatrists Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Residential Meeting, 17 – 19 September 2014, Cardiff.

Svirydzenka, N., Dogra, N., & Vostanis, P. Mental health needs and service use in Indian and White adolescents in the UK. Poster presented at the Royal College of Psychiatrists International Congress, July 10 – 13, 2012, Liverpool, UK.

Svirydzenka, N., Bennett, M., & Sani, F. Children’s perception of group entitativity. Poster presented at the British Psychological Society Developmental Section Conference, August 28 – 30, 2007, Plymouth, UK.

Challenges for Democracy in Eastern Europe and Central Asia: Prospects and Achievements. Open Society Institute Global Supplementary Grant Program Annual Grantee Conference, October 20 – 22, 2006, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK.


Svirydzenka, N., Dogra, N., & Vostanis, P. Ethnic diversity and child and adolescent mental health. Invited talk at the Research Fair of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, November 25th, 2011, Leicester, UK.

Externally funded research grants information

  • 2012-2013 NHS Clinical Research Networks (£16,156)
    Supported ongoing research activity in the area of child and adolescent mental health.
  • 2011 UNLtd University of Leicester, UK (£5,000)
    Development of good mental health promotion materials for delivery in school context.
  • 2010-2011 Impact award from Higher education innovation fund (HEIF) Support Fund (£5,000)
    Research dissemination and community impact.
  • 2006 – 2008 Global Supplementary Grant, Soros Foundations Network, Open Society Institute (Total $10,000)
    Higher education support stream.