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eva zysk

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

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Dr Eva Zysk is a lecturer in psychology and acts as Associate Course Leader in Student Transitions. She is Module Leader for Year One Combined Honours tutorials, and for the Year Three Psychopathology module. She teaches at all levels of undergraduate courses, and supervises undergraduate and postgraduate projects.

In 2014 Eva was the recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award for the School of Social Sciences.

Career overview

Eva has completed her bachelor's degree (with a Major in Psychology and a Minor in Biology) at the University of British Columbia, Canada, where she also worked for two years as a research co-ordinator. She completed her PhD at the University of Reading and worked for the Charlie Waller Institute prior to lecturing at NTU.

Research areas

Eva's research interests lay in mental health disorders, and particularly in obsessive compulsive disorder and phobias. Her previous research has investigated the aetiology, phenomenology, assessment and treatment of contamination fears in OCD.

External activity

Eva's research team is currently collaborating on a current child OCD project with Dr Tim Williams at the University of Reading.



Under review: Zysk, E., Shafran, R., Williams, T. & Melli, G. Assessment of morphing fear: development and validation of the Morphing Fear Questionnaire (MFQ).

(2012) Rachman, S., Radomsky, A.S., Eliott, C.M. & Zysk, E. Mental contamination: The perpetrator effect, Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 43:1, 587-593.

(2010) Rachman, S., Shafran, R., Radomsky, A.S & Zysk, E. Reducing contamination by exposure plus safety behaviour, Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 42, 397-404.

(2008) Miller, G.E., Gaudin, A., Zysk, E. & Chen, E. Parental Support and Cytokine Activity in Childhood Asthma: The Role of Glucocorticoid Sensitivity, Journal of Allergy and Clincal Immunology.


(2014) OCD CPD Masterclass: Morphing Fears. Presentation and peer supervision delivered to NHS Nottinghamshire therapists and trainees (April 2014).

(2012) Aetiology, Phenomenology, Assessment and Treatment of Morphing Fears in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Seminar presented to the Maudsley Institute Research Group (King's College, London).

(2012) Aetiology, Phenomenology, Assessment and Treatment of Morphing Fears. Presented for the Maudsley Hospital Research Group, KCL Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK.

(2012) Induction of Contamination Fears: The Three Learning Pathways. BABCP, Leeds.

(2012) Aetiology, Phenomenology, Assessment and Treatment of Contamination Fears in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. University of Reading, Reading, UK.

See all of Eva Zysk's publications...

Press expertise

  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (focus on contamination fears)
  • Obsessive compulsive related disorders (e.g. hoarding)
  • Anxiety disorders (e.g. phobias)