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About the Programme

Psychological research is led by Prof. Brendan Gough (Director of Research) and is conducted within the School of Social Sciences, mainly by staff working in Psychology and Speech & Language Science, but also by a few colleagues in Criminology. Our unit is influential in promoting diverse research methods in Psychology and many of our staff are at the forefront of their disciplines. Our research is organised into five programmes within our Psychology Research Centre (PsyCen), directed by Prof. Anna Abraham, with support from centre administrator Cat Brooke, as follows:

Cognition and Behaviour - Programme Leads: Drs Zoe Kolokotroni & Andrew Wilson
Gender and Sexualities – Programme Leads: Drs Katy Day & Tamara Turner-Moore
Health and Clinical Psychology - Programme Leads: Drs Katie Dhingra & Trish Holch
Speech and Language – Programme Leads: Drs Anne Hurren & Cecilia Devers
Organisational Behaviour – Programme Leads: Drs Jim Morgan & Matteo Curcuruto

Our research has a strong applied focus and this is reflected in grant success for staff as principal investigators, including:
* Yorkshire Cancer Research funded ‘Cancer, Fertility & Me' project (£250k, 2016-19; Jones) helping young women with cancer to make fertility decisions;
* Shire funded project to develop an immunoglobulin burden of treatment questionnaire for patients with primary immunodeficiency. (£115k, Jones, 2014-16);
* Abbeyfield Research Foundation: funded PhD studentship on cancer and dementia, £70k (Ashley, 2017-20)
* Alzheimer's Society, funded PhD studentship on cancer and dementia, £75k (Ashley, 2018-21)
* BASF scoping grant on improving workplace safety (£100k, 2017-18, Morgan/ Curcuruto);
* EU Daphne programme funded project (2013-15; c£300,000) ‘Addressing Sexual Bullying Across Europe' (Milnes/Turner-Moore/Gough) which developed an intervention to raise awareness of and help prevent sexual bullying in young people;
* 2 x Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) (c£200,000 each, 2015-) on safety issues within the railway industry (Morgan), working with industrial partners (Amey; Volkerrail;
* Research grant awarded by the Research Sector in Kuwait University (Abraham) on the effects of cognitive versus motor training on creativity (2013-15; c£8,500),

We have laboratories suitable for a variety of uses, including behavioural experiments, interviews and focus group research. A new state-of-the-art eye-tracker is now available and situated in a dedicated laboratory space. BIOPAC hardware/software for physiological measurements such as ECG, GSR and blood pressure is used currently in research on stress and drug cue reactivity. Standard software is available on staff and student PCs, such as SPSS, Atlas TI, E-prime, MatLab and SNAP. One of our Professors (Stoet) has developed behavioural experiment delivery software (PsyToolkit) with funding from the ESRC; this software is currently being used in laboratories here and around the world.

We currently have a thriving community of 29 PhD and 5 MRes (Masters by Research) students. Our Psychology PhD tutor (Turner-Moore) has developed a bespoke Psychology Research Postgraduates course site online which highlights useful academic information and support resources for research students. PhD students take part in our popular annual PhD conference where they present their work in progress in a friendly, supportive atmosphere.


Funding Notes

The PhD opportunities on this programme do not have funding attached. You will need to have your own means of paying fees and living costs and / or seek separate funding from student finance, charities or trusts.

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