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Department of Psychology

Department of Psychology staff

Head of Department

  • Dr Peter Hills - Face recognition, eye movements during driving, criminological psychology.

Academic staff

  • Dr Bernhard Angele - Eye movements during reading, language comprehension, visual cognition.
  • Professor Katherine Appleton - Human eating behaviour, appetite and healthy eating.
  • Dr Emily Arden-Close - Quality of life and adjustment to chronic illness in patients and their partners, Web-based interventions.
  • Dr Janice Attard-Johnson - Visual perception, pupillary responses and eye movements, typical and atypical sexual interests, sexual offending, eye-witness memory, face processing.
  • Professor Sarah Bate - Individual differences in face recognition, prosopagnosia (face-blindness), face recognition in forensic settings, superior face recognition, oxytocin.
  • Dr Helen Bolderston - Clinical psychology, mental health, acceptance-based psychotherapies, mindfulness, psychological wellbeing of health and social care professionals.
  • Dr Terri Cole - Behavioural investigative advice; forensic, particularly investigative psychology.
  • Dr Jane Elsley - Working memory, feature binding, attention, cognitive ageing.
  • Dr Maddy Greville-Harris - Clinical psychology, mental health, looked after children, attachment, disordered eating, patient-doctor interactions, placebo effects in chronic pain
  • Dr Nicola Gregory - Visual cognition, using eye tracking in typical and clinical populations.
  • Dr John Hallam - Stress & performance; environmental atmospherics.
  • Dr Xun He - Visual attention and perception, interpersonal processes.
  • Dr Sarah Hodge - Cyberpsychology, morality, developmental psychology, video games.
  • Mrs Becky House - Higher Education, student engagement. Personal construct theory.
  • Dr Ching Yu Huang - Child Development, child maltreatment, forensic interview for child witnesses, cross-cultural psychology, acculturation.
  • Dr Andrew Johnson - Modularity in working memory and sequence memory.
  • Dr Julie Kirkby - Cognitive and developmental psychology, in particular eye movements, reading and visual cognition.
  • Professor Changhong Liu - Face perception, cognition, social and cross-cultural psychology.
  • Dr Andrew Mayers - Mental health (postnatal depression, postpartum psychosis, children and young people), sleep.
  • Dr John McAlaney - Social norms, behaviour change, substance use, digital addiction, cybersecurity.
  • Dr Andrew Meso - Perceptual mechanisms and models of dynamic human vision, Eye Tracking, Visual Psychophysics.
  • Dr Natalie Mestry - Face processing, visual search, spectatorship of pictorial artworks
  • Dr Rachel Moseley - Autism spectrum conditions, language and semantic processing, embodied cognition.
  • Dr Sarah Muir - Eating disorders, web-based health interventions, health behaviour change.
  • Dr Samuel Nyman - Older people and people with dementia: falls prevention, physical activity promotion.
  • Dr Constantina Panourgia - Developmental psychology, risk and resilience, poverty, life adversity, emotional and behavioural adjustment
  • Dr Ben Parris - Cognitive control and frontal lobe functions.
  • Dr Emma Portch - Language - mediated perception, emotional expressions, cognitive interviewing, facial composites.
  • Dr Ellen Seiss - Clinical and cognitive neuroscience: EEG methods; modulation of cognitive processes by emotional valence, personality, nutrition (glucose), or disease (OCD, Parkinson's disease).
  • Dr Shanti Shanker - Cognitive control, learning and memory in healthy controls, patients with focal lesions and dementia.
  • Dr Tim Slattery - Visual cognition, eye movements, reading and language processing.
  • Dr Jacqui Taylor - Cyberpsychology, psychology education, online teaching and learning, online deception.
  • Dr Kevin Thomas -  Judgement and decision-making; interplay between cognition and emotion.
  • Dr Simon Thompson -  Cortisol as biomarker for neurological disease; MS; Stroke; Alzheimer's disease; PTSD.
  • Professor Jan Wiener - Spatial orientation, navigation and wayfinding; cognitive ageing; dementia.
  • Dr Liam Wignall - Sex and sexuality, BDSM and Kink, social networking sites, cyber psychology, qualitative methodology
  • Professor Julie Turner-Cobb - Effect of stress and social relationships on physical health; psychoendocrine influences in chronic illness; cortisol measurement in adults and children.
  • Dr Emmy van den Heuvel - human eating behaviour, protein intake, eating behaviour in older adults
  • Dr Laura Renshaw-Vuillier - Emotional experience and regulation, cognitive control, eating disorders, gambling, EEG, mHealth  ​
  • Dr Alla Yankouskaya - Social neuroscience, neuroimaging, cognitive psychology

Demonstrators and technicians

  • Dr Matthew Green - Language comprehension; sentence parsing in humans and artificial systems.
  • Jastine Antolin - Eye-tracking technical support; gaze behaviour during dynamic videos and real-time social interaction, social anxiety and oxytocin.