Our research is diverse and world-leading. Below are some examples of how our work has fostered impact in the public sphere and beyond.
Our researchers are actively engaged in producing innovative work that shapes our understandings of social, medical and political factors around health, cognition and wellbeing.
By working closely with both internal and external funding bodies, universities and public organisations, we aim to use our research knowledge and expertise to make a transformative difference in people's lives.
Engagement and impact
Talks and workshops
- Andrew Bengry - Andrew has talked about his NERUPI evaluation framework at a number of events in both Bristol and Bath, including the BSA Bordieu conference, and the Southwest Qualitative Research Symposium.
- Pete Etchells - Pete has has given talks at events such as Cheltenham Science Festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, EGX Rezzed, Edinburgh Literary Festival and New Scientist Live.
- Scott Jones - Scott has presented his work on cognition and visual perception to such bodies as the US Federal Reserve, the Royal Automobile Club, as well as the universities of Sterling, Exeter and Bath.
- Jermaine Ravalier - Jermaine has given talks at a number of events, including the keynote at the 2019 Scottish Association of Social Work awards, as well as an invited talk on mental health and wellbeing in the UK public sector at the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology.
- Elaine Wainwright - Following the publication of Elaine's book Work and Pain: A lifespan development approach in 2019, she has given a number of talks about work and pain.
- Alex de Sousa - Alex has appeared on the Brain Evolution in the News vodcast series.
- Pete Etchells - Pete's work on the psychology of video games has been featured in The Telegraph, BBC Science Focus, Wired, Buzzfeed, New Scientist and BBC News. He has also appeared on a Science Focus podcast: Do video games encourage gambling behaviour?
- Agnieszka Janik-McErlean - Aga has been interviewed by Popular Science about her research into the links between misophonia and ASMR. She was also interviewed about ASMR with Dr Alain Gregoire for the BBC2 programme "Trust me, I’m a Doctor" Series 9, Episode 2.
- Rui Paulo - Rui was interviewed in 2018 for Porto Canal's Mentes que Brilham show.
- Jermaine Ravalier - Jermaine appeared in an episode of the Social Work Tutor Podcast.
- Dawn Albertson - Dawn currently pens a monthly research highlights column with colleagues called Kaleidoscope for the British Journal of Psychiatry and presents Kaleidoscope Live!, a research-focused mental healthcare programme for Maudsley Learning.
- Jermaine Ravalier - Jermaine's work has also had a significant influence on important professional organisations such as the British Association of Social Work and Social Workers Union, and has led to political impacts including questions/statements in the House of Commons, providing evidence to committee inquiries, and a social work working conditions debate in the House of Lords.
- Elaine Wainwright - Elaine has worked with the Department for Work and Pensions on a review of the fit note, and with the Joint Health and Work Unit contributing to a scoping review of occupational health provision in the UK, led by Paula Wegrzynek and her doctoral work, as well as Elaine’s work into sickness certification.
- Pete Etchells - Pete has submitted evidence in a number of reports to the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee on immersive and addictive technologies and loot boxes. He was also an expert reviewer in 2020 for the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology Research Briefing, ‘Screen use and health in young people’.
Blogs, websites and online magazines
- Alex de Sousa - Alex has appeared on the Brain Evolution in the News blog
- Pete Etchells - Pete was the Guardian’s science blog network coordinator for four years, and co-wrote the Head Quarters blog there from 2013-2018. He currently writes for the Cosmic Shambles Network.
- Agnieszka Janik-McErlean - Aga's work on ASMR and synaethesia has been covered by various blogs and media outlets including Newsweek and El Pais.
- Agata Vitale - Agata has written an article for The Conversation on How using paint, pen on paper or song to revisit trauma helps us put it in the past.
Conferences and exhibitions
- Angieszka Janik-McErlean - Organised and co-hosted the UK Synaesthesia Association Conference in London in 2014.
- Jermaine Ravalier - Spoke about Life beyond the PhD: Preparing for Academia at Anglia Ruskin University Doctoral Conference in 2018.
- Dawn Albertson - In 2019, Dawn spoke about The SEAs of Curriculum Transformation: Student Partners Building Student Partnership at the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) Spring Conference.
- Kate Muir - Gave a talk at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Convention 2021 on Memories of the Pandemic: The Impact of Social Distancing on Healthy Coping Processes in Autobiographical Memory.
- Agata Vitale - Agata was a Co-Organiser of the 10th International Congress on Migration and Mental Health hosted at Bath Spa University in October 2021 (blended conference - digital/ on campus).
- Elaine Wainwright - Elaine has taken part in school outreach talks for students considering studying Psychology at Bath Spa
- Rui Paulo - Rui collaborates with members of the police force who are interested in developing applied research projects or training programs to promote better police proceedings.