Psychology research impact

psychology lab The key beneficiaries of our research have been charities, local government, schools and social enterprises, and our goal has been to extend the reach of our research from the local community outwards. Some examples of projects:

Regional schools

New methods for teaching numeracy in preschools were implemented (the "PLUS" system). Evaluations have demonstrated the efficacy of the methods and service providers were trained to deliver the programme in preschools throughout the region (Dr Jo Van Herwegen and Dr Claudia Uller).

UK-based Afghan refugee charities

A research project at two charities, Afghan Paiwand and the Klevis Kola Foundation, identified persistent psychological problems in Afghan refugee children to develop new mentoring and support mechanisms to address those problems (Dr Muthanna Samara).

Art exhibitions based on community issues

Psychology students curate pop-up exhibitions linked to problems or issues affecting the London communities. The first of such exhibitions was “Paper Boats” at Stanley Picker Gallery. (Students’ supervision: Stanley Picker Gallery staff and Dr. Fatima M Felisberti)

Anti-bullying policies in the Arab territories of Israel

Work on the factors that contribute to bullying and the effectiveness of different approaches to intervention have led to widespread adoption of his research-informed recommendations in schools across the Arab territories of Israel and also by the Islamic Courts of the Arab territories – the first time that such policies have been adopted (Dr Muthanna Samara).

Public engagement activities

A series of different activities are organized to engage with the community outside academia. Some examples:


  • A Sensory Walk through Self-Perception: Dr Fatima M Felisberti led a walk through a London park discussing the human sensory system in a real scenario.

Read more about past events like this.


  • Young scientist days: Dr Jo Van Herwegen and collaborators guide parents and their children to learn about psychology and gain first-hand experience of psychological research. Research topics include how we learn about and perceive emotions, how maths ability develops, and how we solve puzzles.

Read more about past events like this.

Science Museum

The researchers recorded children's eye movements while manipulating different objects to learn more about how visuo-spatial abilities develop as we grow older and whether there are any strategies that lead to better performance (Dr Jo Van Herwegen, Dr Elisa Back, and Dr Sabira Mannan).

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