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Postgraduate researchers

Our research students are seen as a vital part of the research environment. They are encouraged to take a full part in the departmental research events as well as to attend Faculty and University research training events.

Postgraduate Research Conference: Psychology

Postgraduate student Neus Beascoechea Seguí

Neus Beascoechea Seguí presents her research, entitled How Is Power Understood, Experienced and Performed by British Muslim Women?

Download an overview of the topics discussed at the 2016 postgraduate research conference for psychology.

Psychology researchers

Fatoumata Jatta (research assistant)
Dr. Aiman El Asama (postdoctoral researcher)
Maria Ashworth (research assistant)

Former PhD students (year of completion)

Dr Basel El-Khodary (2017)
Dr Lisa Guthrie (2017)
Dr Victoria Barber (2017)
Dr Carole Murphy (2014)
Dr Guler Dunne (2014)
Dr Ana Aznar (2013)
Dr Lydia Kearney (2013)

Current PhD students

Viva in 2017:

Zoe Dodd (supervisors: Dr Ana Nikcevic and Dr Jess Prior)

Sarah Geisemeyer (supervisors: Dr Fatima Felisberti and Dr Marcelo Costa)

Martina I. Heinrich (supervisors: Dr Muthanna Samara and Prof Phil Terry)

Dawn Leach (supervisors: Dr Ana Nikcevic and Prof Phil Terry)

Meghan Rolfe (supervisors: Prof Adrian Coyle and Prof Phil Terry)

Jane Trueman (supervisors: Dr Fatima Felisberti and Prof Phil Terry)

J. Al-Mutairi (supervisors: Prof. Evanthia Lyons & Dr Emma O’Dwyer)

Elitza Ambrus (supervisors: Dr Petko Kusev & Dr Sabira Mannan)
I am interested in the influence of psychological factors (such as context and content of utility and risk perception) on human judgements and decision-making in financial context. My PhD research focuses on decision-making and behavioural forecasting and aims to outline the forecast adjustment mechanism in response to normative feedback and salient values, such as previously provided forecasts and rare, high-impact events.

Husameddin Ates (supervisors: Dr Chris Hewer & Prof Evanthia Lyons)
I am undertaking an in-depth historical investigation of three different Muslim groups/traditions (Salafi, Sufi and Shia). I will consider when and how they emerged and how they developed relationships with others Muslim groups. My hope is that my PhD research will provide a basis for developing theoretically and empirically-grounded conflict resolution interventions.

Victoria Burmester (supervisors: Prof Phil Terry & Dr Georgia Butler)

Sharmistha Chaudhuri (supervisors: Prof Evanthia Lyons & Dr Emma O'Dwyer)
My primary research interest is in the process of identity formation among first and second generation immigrants. As a first generation immigrant myself, the acculturation process is part of my lived experience. I am particularly interested in British South Asian women and current discourses around radicalisation and its relationship with immigrant identity.

Helen Christie-Pike (supervisors: Dr Ana Nikcevic & Prof Adrian Coyle)
My research is concerned with the transition to parenthood, with a focus on emotion regulation.

Katharine Clifford (supervisors: Dr Jess Prior & Prof Adrian Coyle)
Children are exposed to adversity and risks daily. Some of these children succeed against all odds, developing into psychologically and socially healthy adults. ‘Resilience’ is widely used to explain this. My qualitative research will seek to challenge the current resilience landscape on children, exploring the processes and critically examining theoretical frameworks. In particular, it will focus on children with a visible difference with an emphasis on their support systems.

Alex Cooke (supervisors: Dr Petko Kusev & Dr Sabira Mannan)
My current research explores the psychological mechanism of comparability in human judgements and decision-making. The research that I have conducted so far reveals that psychological comparability governs and predicts human risky preferences and associated behavioural biases (for example, loss-aversion).

Zoe Dodd (supervisors: Dr Ana Nikcevic & Dr Jess Prior)
The aim of my PhD is to investigate the psychological impact of women being screened as high risk of developing preeclampsia during pregnancy. This research uses qualitative methods to explore how women reach a decision whether to take part in screening for preeclampsia and establish the reasons why some women accept and others decline.

Jawaria Farooq (supervisors: Prof Evanthia Lyons & Dr Sabira Mannan)

Sarah Geisemeyer (supervisors: Dr Fatima Felisberti & Dr Marcelo Costa – overseas supervisor)
The aim of my PhD is to investigate the relationships between the genetic, cognitive and psychosocial components of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The psychosocial dimensions of the disorder will be evaluated using qualitative methods; cognitive functioning will be examined via quantitative means. Here, emphasis is laid on emotion recognition and visual functioning.

Egle Harding (supervisors: Dr Sabira Mannan & Dr Petko Kusev)
My research examines how innate or stable factors such as working memory, personality, age, gender, and motivation (amongst others) contribute to Einstellung Effect acquisition. Additionally, I am looking into how extrinsic factors could aid or intensify the development of automatization or ‘mental set’. I also intend to examine what could be done to reduce the negative effects of automatization, not just in laboratory-based problem solving but also when dealing with real life problems.

Martina I. Heinrich (supervisors: Dr Muthanna Samara & Prof Phil Terry)
The aim of my research is to find the fundamental precursors of sibling bullying and how it relates to peer bullying, as well as the overall psychological and social outcomes of sibling bullying. This is done through a social developmental approach.

Rashma Hirani (supervisors: Dr Elisa Back & Dr Chris Askew)
My PhD investigates the processing of micro-expressions of both basic and complex emotions across the lifespan. My research also investigates individuals with developmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorders where difficulties are often found in the processing of emotions. Findings on the performance of these individuals will help me identify the most effective interventions in the teaching of emotion recognition.

Hayley Hunt (supervisors: Dr Elisa Back & Dr Jo Van Herwegen)
A triad of impairments typifies Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). My research investigates how children and adolescents with ASD understand the emotional expression of others. Eye-tracking technology is used to investigate how children and adolescents with ASD decode emotions in complex social scenarios. Strategies for interventions into improving social-emotional cognitive understanding will be considered.

Mahitab Kamel (supervisors: Dr Muthanna Samara & Dr Azhar Khattab – overseas supervisor)
My PhD is part of a comparative study of cyberbullying between Qatar and the UK looking at the impact of risk factors on health and solutions as well as understandings of bullying as a term and concept in the different cultures in Qatar.

Emily Kamruddin (supervisors: Dr Sabira Mannan & Dr Petko Kusev)
In my PhD, I intend to investigate techniques and strategies in skill acquisition among badminton players. I aim to focus on skills such as visual fixation, anticipation and awareness and I will compare experts and novices.

Becky Kane (supervisors: Prof Adrian Coyle and Profe Vron Ware)
My research focuses predominantly on how British national identity is constructed and regulated by members of the 'White working class' population in the United Kingdom. More specifically it aims to enhance our understanding of how socio-psychological processes of identity may underpin these constructions, with a particular interest in how individuals may identify as 'White' and 'working class'.

Dawn Leach (supervisors: Dr Ana Nikcevic & Prof Phil Terry)
The focus of my research is on the cognitive and metacognitive processes involved in perinatal anxiety and depression. Specifically, we are examining the individual contribution of worry, rumination and metacognitions as predictors of perinatal anxiety and depression while controlling for previously-identified predictors such as cognitive style, past history of psychopathology and social support.

Zoë McHayle (supervisors: Dr Sabira Mannan & Dr Petko Kusev)
The aim of my PhD is to reduce the leftward neglect observed in hemispatial neglect patients using a computerized training programme that expands spatial working memory. The programme will be trialled on both elderly participants with milder leftward neglect and neglect patients. The long-term benefits of the programme will be evaluated and the potential for the programme to develop into a future rehabilitative technique will be discussed.

Angela Medvedeva (supervisors: Dr Giulia Galli & Dr Christina Moutsiana)
With immigrating numbers increasing and among them the number of second-generation British, multiculturalism and its benefits are growing more important. My PhD focuses on the cognitive mechanisms whereby multicultural individuals learn “new” social norms – that is, norms in a culture foreign to them – and on maximising the advantages of these mechanisms.

Amy Montague (supervisors: Prof Phil Terry & Dr Ana Nikcevic)
The aim of my PhD is to investigate alcohol consumption in sexual orientations, specifically the lesbian, gay and bisexual community (LGB). Research has suggested that people who identify as LGB are more vulnerable to substance abuse, this has been attributed to experiences of sexual minority stressors e.g. discrimination relating to their sexuality. With changing political and societal attitudes towards the LGB community, especially within the UK, my research looks to explore how relevant this finding still is.

Meghan Rolfe (supervisors: Prof Adrian Coyle & Prof Phil Terry)
My research has used qualitative and quantitative methods to explore resilience and to identify how lesbian, gay and bisexual people continue to thrive despite adversity. On the basis of my findings, I will design, implement and evaluate an intervention to promote resilience among lesbian women through mindfulness and community support.

Eric Rothman (supervisors: Prof Adrian Coyle & Prof Amber Haque – overseas supervisor)
My PhD focuses on religiously-oriented psychotherapy with Muslim service users. The research will involve developing an Islamically-oriented Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evaluating the effectiveness of this model in treating depression with Muslim service users.

Neus Beascoechea Seguí (supervisors: Prof Evanthia Lyons & Prof Adrian Coyle)
I am interested in power and women. In my research, I study how power is understood and experienced by women, particularly British Muslim women; how their own and others’ actions and modes of being sustain and transform power relations, and how power is transferred between generations. I seek to contribute to previous research on Muslims’ constructions, representations and identity in Britain by reconsidering or challenging the theorisations of power that support those constructions.

Jane Trueman (supervisors: Dr Fatima Felisberti & Prof Phil Terry)
Time perspective can exert a powerful influence on an individual’s decisions and actions: some postpone pleasure for future rewards, some live hedonistically in the present and some are ‘stuck’ in the past. My research looks at the effects of people with different time perspectives when working together in small teams trying to achieve common goals.

Rose Turner (supervisors: Prof Fred Vallee-Tourangeau & Dr Claudia Uller)
My research aims to employ a mixed methods approach to examine the effects of engaging with fictional worlds and characters through drama on social cognition, specifically mentalizing ability, empathy and affect, and the experience and strategies involved in making sense of others.

I-Ling Yeh (supervisors: Dr Tushna Vandrevala & Prof Evanthia Lyons)
With life expectancy in the UK increasing, many more older people are likely to live in a care home setting in the later stages of their lives. My PhD focuses on the changing relationship between the resident, family and care home staff from entry into a care home to end-of-life care and the impact this has on the quality of life for residents in care homes and the quality of care that care home staff provide.

Francesca Zaninotto (supervisors: Prof Phil Terry & Dr Chris Askew)
My research area is psychopharmacology, including recreational drug use and behaviour. My research examines key cognitive factors that might mediate the association between social anxiety and drinking or drugs consumption.

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