Research in Psychology

Research in psychology at York St John University combines a focus on core sub-fields of the discipline with cutting-edge developments in new and emerging areas.

Research activities of our vibrant team of staff and postgraduate researchers are organised into the following four areas:

Cognitive Psychology

Developmental Psychology

Forensic Psychology

Social Psychology

In addition, psychology staff members contribute to the following cross-disciplinary research groupings:

Coaching, Counselling & Mentoring

Motivation, Performance and Wellbeing

Language and Identities in Interaction


Staff research interests

Beth Bell

The role of media, social media and technology in the lives of adolescents and young adults.

Emma Bradshaw

The use of visual imagery in Attachment Focused EMDR therapy.

Gregory Carter

The ‘dark triad’ personality traits and their relationship with sexual behaviour.

Scott Cole

The cognitive processes required for episodic future thinking.

Matthew Coxon

The use of head-mounted visual displays to experience immersive virtual environments (aka virtual reality).

Nicola Cutting

The development of innovative tool use in children.

Paige Davis

Socio-cognitive development and imagination, specifically imaginary companions

Mirko Demasi

The construction of facts and values in political discourse.

Melanie Douglass

Mate preference and parental care behaviour, aggression, and individual factors involved in true and false confessions.

Lorna Hamilton

The development of language, literacy and numeracy in typically developing and clinical populations.

Bogdana Humă

Discursive Psychology and Conversation Analysis of everyday talk-in-interaction.

Fionnuala Larkin

Parent-child interaction, developmental psychology and developmental psychopathology.

Anna Macklin

Techniques that can be used to aid children’s event memory recall.

Jelena Mirkovic

Psychological and neural mechanisms supporting grammar learning and use in adults and children.

Nathalie Noret

Peer relationships in children and adolescents; the nature and prevalence of bullying in schools.

Nicola Savill

Normal and disordered language processing; cognitive and neurobiological influences on phonological function.

Michael Stirrat

How observable individual differences (such as facial features or body size) act as drivers of social decision-making and perception.

Robert Vaughan

Psychometrics, kinaesthesia, emotional intelligence, mental toughness, advanced statistical modelling, and executive function in sports.



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