Psychology research

Area of research excellence: Psychology

Our Psychology research has increased significantly in recent years, in terms of funding, staffing strategy, research impact, publications, and public engagement.

This unit of assessment has achieved research excellence in three specific areas of research: Health, Cognition, and Health and Cognition.

The unit has one research centre which underpins the research undertaken: The Psychology Centre for Health and Cognition (PCHC), to which all submitted members of the unit are actively involved in independent research.

The PCHC has two sub-clusters:

  • The Health cluster seeks to support those researchers who have a health and wellbeing focus to their research. Importantly, the research undertaken within the Health cluster has an applied nature - the majority of the work done here seeks to provide support to important stakeholders. Therefore, researchers seek to provide support for employee stress, mental health and wellbeing, return to work following periods of sickness absence, and mental health and wellbeing in vulnerable populations.
  • The Cognition cluster seeks to undertake internationally-excellent research which investigates the influence of cognition on individual outcomes, such as sensation and perception.

The interests of many researchers also span the two clusters, with senior researchers and early career researchers regularly publishing and engaging in this cross-disciplinary work. In particular, this work focuses on forensic psychology and real-world applications of cognitive neuroscience and health.

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