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  • Unit(s) of assessment: Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
  • Research theme: Health and Wellbeing
  • School: School of Social Sciences


Work from our group ranges from neuroscientific and clinical work aimed at understanding and improving the treatment of psychological disorders across the life span (e.g., ADHD, psychosis, depression, or dementia) to work focusing on a spectrum of health and wellbeing in community and workplace settings. We have a particular interest in the impact of stress and psychological trauma on well-being and behaviour.

Our two primary attached research units include:

  • the Emergency Services Research Unit (ESRU) which conducts award-winning research and provides teaching, training, and consultancy for the emergency services and allied organisations
  • the Work and Organisational Psychology Research Unit (WOPRU) which focuses on the protection and promotion of quality of working life. Our cognitive neuroscience laboratory houses a 96-channel Biosemi active EEG system and a range of sophisticated EEG analyses packages.

Work by the group has been published in major international journals such as: Cortex, Psychological Medicine, Work & Stress, the Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine and Schizophrenia Bulletin.

Our work has been funded by ESRC, HEFCE, NHS, Technology Strategy Board, as well as by charity, private sector and public partners (e.g., Department of Culture Media and Sport, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, Highland and Islands Fire and Rescue Service, Care of the Elderly, Bristol Research in Alzheimer's and the Fire Fighter’s Charity).

Research from the Wellbeing research group informs a range of the Division of Psychology's courses including the mental health pathway on the BSc (Hons) Psychology, MSc Forensic Mental Health, MSc Psychological Wellbeing and Mental Health and research degrees.


Recent publications by members of the research group include:

Sumich, A., Kumari, V., Gordon, E., Tunstall, N., Brammer, M. (2008). Event-related potential correlates of paranormal ideation and unusual experiences. Cortex, 44, 1342-52.

Bartholomew, K. J., Ntoumanis, N., Ryan, R. M., Bosch, J. A., & Thøgersen-Ntoumani, C. (2011). Self-determination theory and diminished functioning: The role of interpersonal control and psychological need thwarting. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 7, 325-340

Picken, L., Brunsden, V. & Hill, R. (2011). Exploring the emotional experiences of foster carers; combining photovoice with interpretative phenomenological analysis. Adoption & Fostering Journal. 35, 61-75.

Brunsden, V., Hill, R., MacTernan, J, & Shuttlewood, A. (2011). Under fire: firefighters' coping with aggression and violence. International Fire Service Journal of Leadership and Management. 5, 15-22.

Karanika-Murray, M., Antoniou, A.S., Michaelides, G., & Cox, T. (2009). Expanding the risk assessment methodology for work-related health: A technique for incorporating multivariate curvilinear effects. Work & Stress, 23, 99-119.

Kamoche K., & Maguire K. (2011) Pit sense: appropriation of practice-based knowledge in a UK coalmine, Human Relations, 64, 725-744.

Bird, V., Premkumar, P., Kendall, T., Whittington, C., Mitchell, J, & Kuipers, E., (2010). Early intervention services, cognitive-behavioural therapy and family intervention in early psychosis: systematic review . British Journal of Psychiatry. 197, 350-356.

Cranwell, J. & Seymour-Smith, S. (2012) Monitoring and advice giving: an analysis of weight loss discussions in an online support group for bariatric surgery. Appetite, 58, 873-881.

Sundin, E. C., Ogren, M-L., & Boalt Boëthius, S. (2008). Supervisor trainees' and their supervisors' perceptions of attainment of knowledge and skills. An empirical evaluation of a psychotherapy supervisor training programme. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 47 381-396.

Trigg, R., Watts, S., Jones, R., & Tod, A. (2011). Predictors of subjective quality of life in dementia: The role of insight. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 26(1), 83-91.

Watts, S., O’ Hara, L., & Trigg, R. (2010). Living with Type 1 diabetes: A by-person qualitative exploration. Psychology & Health, 25, 491-506.

Wilde, D., & Murray, C. D. (2010). Interpreting the Anomalous: Finding Meaning in Out-of-Body and Near-Death Experiences. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 7, 57-72.

Dheensa, S. & Williams, G. A. (2009) 'I have NF. NF does not have me': An interpretative phenomenological analysis of coping with Neurofibromatosis Type 1. Health Psychology Update, 18, 3-8.

Rachman, S., Radomsky, A.S., Elliott, C.M., & Zysk, E. (2012). Mental contamination: The perpetrator effect. Journal of Behavior Therapy

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