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Dr Elisa Back
Elisa’s research area is Developmental Psychology with a focus on social cognitive development. She investigates Autism Spectrum Disorder in relation to Theory of Mind abilities such as visual perspective-taking and inferring mental states from facial expressions.
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Dr Fiona Barlow-Brown
Fiona is a developmental psychologist. Her main research interest is in the development of blind children with a particular focus on reading development. She is also currently investigating the nature of letter reversals in both blind and sighted populations.
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Dr Georgia Butler
Georgia’s research areas are impulsivity and risk taking behaviour, especially in relation to groups where there are problems with impulse control such as drug use and eating behaviours. She is also interested in other areas of drug use and eating behaviours.
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Eliza-Jane Corson
Eliza-Jane's research focuses on personality disorders, specifically anti-social personality disorder, and underlying constructs that impact on offending. She has worked with mentally disordered offenders, offenders with intellectual disabilities, and adult male offenders in the Prison Service.
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Prof Adrian Coyle
Adrian’s research and writing have focused on identity, loss and bereavement, sexuality, and the psychology of religion.
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Dr Fatima Felisberti
Fatima is a Cognitive Neuroscientist. Her research focuses on visual attention, psychology of art, and emotion and memory processing in healthy and in patients with Dementia or Muscular Dystrophy.
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Dr Giulia Galli
Giulia is particularly interested in age-related changes in memory abilities in healthy elderly adults and patients with memory disorders, and to find ways in which memory in these populations could be enhanced.
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Dr Cristina Harnagea
Christina is a counselling psychologist with research interests in interpersonal psychology and the dynamics of power and proximity in relating to others and attachment. Her expertise are in scale development/questionnaire design and could supervise both quantitative and qualitative methods.
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Dr Chris Hewer
Chris's research interests are multi-disciplinary and aligned with history, politics, cultural studies, sociology and anthropology. The main areas are political psychology, particularly collective memory, the cultural legacies of war and the psychology of art and film.
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Dr Jackie Hillman
Jackie’s research area is Forensic psychology. Her research mainly focuses on applying psychological principles to verbal and nonverbal aspects of deception, detection of deception through interviewing and perception of movement.
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Dr Maria-Christina Kosteli
Maria-Christina is a Registered European Psychologist and certified sport psychology consultant. Her research focus is how mental imagery benefits insufficiently active older adults and individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She has also researched body image and eating disorders.
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Prof Evanthia Lyons
Evanthia's research focuses on intra-individual and inter-group processes of identity construction in the context of threat. She studied identity construction processes in stigmatised groups and how people negotiate multiple-identities and inter-group relations.
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Dr Sabira Mannan
Sabira’s main interest is in cognitive neuropsychology. Her research mainly focuses on investigating how brain injury leads to deficits in vision and attention, and in developing rehabilitative strategies for such patients.
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Dr Cristina Martinelli
Cristina is an experimental psychologist with research interests in neurocognitive mechanisms underlying mental health issues. She combines behavioural paradigms, neuroimaging techniques and modelling to investigate the mechanisms that go awry in psychopathology.
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Dr Ana Nikcevic
Ana is a health psychologist and cognitive behaviour therapist with a research interest in the role of metacognition in the understanding and treatment of addictive behaviours, anxiety and mood problems, and medical conditions.
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Dr Emma O'Dwyer
Emma is broadly interested in how individuals and groups conceptualize their relationships with the state, her specific research interests include social representations of war, peace and foreign policy, national identity, intergroup conflict and citizenship.
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Dr Louisa Pavey
Louisa's research area is in applications of social and health psychology. Her main research focus is on investigating theoretically based behaviour change strategies which aim to improve health and well-being.
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Dr Jessica Prior
Jess is a social developmentalist whose research mainly focuses on appearance and visible differences in childhood and adolescence. She isinterested in using qualitative methods to understand more about how people live with visible differences.
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Dr Muthanna Samara
Muthanna’s broad research interest is in Developmental Psychopathology with a focus in the social and emotional development amongst children and the development of biological at risk children in relation to behaviour, cognitive and eating development.
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Dr Sania Shakoor
Sania’s overarching research interests lie within the development of child and adolescent psychopathology amongst vulnerable individuals and the underlying mechanisms involved.
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Dr. James M. Tapp
James’s research interests are in forensic psychology. His research focuses on evaluating what works in the rehabilitation and recovery of forensic mental health patients, and also on the reliability and validity of risk and mental health assessments.
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Prof Phil Terry
Philip’s research aims to understand the factors that contribute to the maintenance of recreational drug and alcohol use: why people use drugs and alcohol, the role of learning processes in drug use, how people interpret the effects of drugs.
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Dr Claudia Uller
Claudia is a developmental cognitive scientist with interests in the origins of thought, and in the interface between early cognition and language. She works with preverbal infants and children, and non-human animals.
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Dr Delphine Theobald
Delphine main research interests lie in developmental and life course transitions and the effects on offending behaviour. She is particularly interested in the effects of family relationships including intimate partner violence.
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Prof Frederic Vallee-Tourangeau
Frederic explores creativity in problem solving and discovery. Instead of focusing solely on the individual reasoner, his research adopts a distributed cognition perspective, examining how interactivity with the immediate physical environment.
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Dr Jo Van Herwegen
Jo’s research focuses mainly on language and number development in both typical and atypical developmental disorders, such as Williams syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down syndrome, and Specific Language Impairment.
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Dr Tushna Vandrevala
Tushna's research area is Health Psychology. Her research mainly focuses on end of life care; stress and burnout; caregiver burden; preparation and recovery from surgery and ethnicity and healthcare.
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Dr Nora Vyas
Nora’s research area is clinical neuroscience and psychopathology. Her research mainly focuses on investigating cognitive function, brain functioning, and psychophysiology mechanisms in schizophrenia, with specialism in early onset psychosis.
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