Professor Rusi Jaspal

Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research

Professor Rusi Jaspal was appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research in September 2018, having occupied several senior research leadership positions at De Montfort University. As Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, Rusi Jaspal is responsible for the Research Services Directorate and the Doctoral College, and is leading on the University’s REF preparations. Rusi Jaspal is passionate about the role of research in teaching, enterprise and in our local, national and international engagement.

Rusi Jaspal studied at the University of Cambridge, University of Surrey and Royal Holloway, University of London. He was an ESRC Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham before joining De Montfort University in January 2013. Rusi Jaspal was awarded a personal chair in Psychology and Sexual Health at De Montfort University in 2015. He was Adjunct Professor at Åbo Akademi University in Finland from 2016-2019.

Professor Jaspal's own research cuts across the fields of medicine and psychology, focussing particularly on social psychological approaches to preventing HIV and to enhancing wellbeing in HIV patients. Additionally, he has conducted extensive research into aspects of psychological wellbeing among gay men, the management of identities in conflict, prejudice and discrimination, and public understanding of science, technology and medicine. Rusi Jaspal has written four books, over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and several reports for the Department of Health.

Rusi Jaspal is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the Royal Society of Medicine, and the Royal Society of Public Health. He sits on the Advisory Board of the Terrence Higgins Trust and of the National HIV Commission, and on the Board of Trustees of Saving Lives UK and of East Midlands Sexual Health. In 2019, he was appointed Adult Social Services & Public Health Advisor to Wandsworth Council. Professor Jaspal serves on the editorial boards of HIV Medicine, Mental Health, Religion & Culture, the British Journal of Social Psychology, and the European Journal of Social Psychology. He continues to supervise and examine PhD students in his areas of expertise.

On a personal level, Rusi is passionate about languages, and enjoys reading early 20th century French literature, contemporary American literature, and political biographies. You can follow him on Twitter @ProfRJaspal.

Rusi Jaspal’s academic publications and research.

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