Blerihe Kellezi

Blerina Kellezi

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)


Blerina is module lead for Psychological Wellbeing module, Year 3 tutorials and teaches on the Psychological Wellbeing, Trauma module, Theory and Applications module, Social Psychology and supervises undergraduate, postgraduate, PhD and Forensic Doctorate students.

Career overview

Blerina has a PhD in Psychology from the University of St Andrews and LLM in Human Right’s Law from University of Nottingham. After her PhD she held postdoctoral positions at Freedom from Torture, the University of Oxford and the University of Nottingham. She has also previously held a Teaching Fellowship at the University of Nottingham and a Lectureship in Psychology at Tirana University and the University of Staffordshire. Blerina joined Division of Psychology at NTU in September 2015.

Research areas

Blerina's research has focused on how people deal with and are affected by extreme life events from illness and accidents to war, torture and detention. Her PhD work investigated the influence of social identities on understanding and dealing with human rights abuses and trauma.

More recently, she has coordinated a large project on the psychosocial, health, occupation and economic impact of unintentional injuries and factors predicting recovery in UK adult populations.

Present research

Blerina is leading a multi-disciplinary and multi-national research project exploring the role of transitional justice processes (like justice, reconciliation, recognition, redress, forgiveness and peace building) on mental health and the risk of further intergroup conflict.

Blerina is also conducting research investigating the quality of life in Immigration Removal Centres in the UK, focusing on identity, coping, support, relationships, and mental health. She is exploring barriers to mental health access among undocumented migrants in detention and community.

In collaboration with colleagues at Nottingham University Blerina is managing an NHIR funded project developing an intervention supporting trauma patients to return to work.

Blerina is also part of Groups Identities and Health research team at Nottingham Trent University and collaborates in a number of projects within the group.

External activity

  • Graduate member of the British Psychological Society
  • Associate member of Border Criminologies (Oxford University)
  • Associate member Injuries group (Nottingham University)

Blerina acts as a peer reviewer for a number of journals, publishers, and grant agencies within the fields of trauma, transitional justice and social psychology.

Sponsors and collaborators


  • NIHR
  • Nottingham County Council
  • Nottingham University Hospitals
  • Open Society Foundations
  • University of St-Andrews


  • University of Nottingham: Professor Denise Kendrick, Professor Carol Coupland, Professor Stephen Joseph, Professor Richard Morris
  • University of Oxford: Professor Mary Bosworth, Dr Sarah Turnbull
  • International Centre for Health and Human Rights (ICHHR): Dr Nimisha Patel, Dr Amanda Williams
  • University of St Andrews: Professor Stephen Reicher
  • University of Surrey: Dr Sarah Earthy, Jude Sleney
  • UCL: Dr Nicola Christie
  • Loughborough University: Dr Jo Barnes
  • University of Bristol: Kate Beckett

Press expertise

  • Trauma
  • Impact of groups on health and wellbeing
  • Gender-based violence
  • Psychological, social and economic impact of injuries
  • Evaluation (including economic) of Social Prescribing
  • Health service evaluation

Course(s) I teach on

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    Undergraduate | Full-time | 2019

  • Student using laptop
    Postgraduate taught / Professional | Full-time / Part-time | 2019

  • Student using laptop
    Postgraduate taught | Full-time / Part-time | 2019