The School of Psychology’s research strengths fall within three broad areas that form our research groups: Cognitive Research Group, Forensic Research Group and the Health Research Group. With a focus on real world issues and an underlying theme of informing practice through evidence-based research, our focus is on multidisciplinary collaboration. National and international collaborations are in place with NHS trusts, patient groups, medical practitioners, allied health professionals, Prison Service, police forces, Local Education Authorities, schools and school teachers, athletic clubs and charitable institutions.
The Cognitive Research Group focuses on face recognition and facial composites, working memory, executive functioning and reasoning, the social contexts of perception, biases in probabilistic reasoning consequent on belief in the paranormal and reading development and emotional intelligence.
The Forensic Research Group has several key areas of activity including sex differences in aggression, physical aggression between young men, family violence and women’s offending behaviour, interventions for other and self-directed violence, bullying and attributions towards sexual abuse.
The Health Research Group has a broad focus on health and well-being with three key themes: 1. Condition-specific scale development including the development, psychometric evaluation and clinical interpretation of patient-reported outcome measures (e.g. health–related quality of life instruments and measures of emotional functioning). 2. Psychological evaluation of chronic conditions including cystic fibrosis, lupus, obesity, eating behaviours and childhood loneliness. 3. Psychological and biological responses to stressors.