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.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, over 50% of our research was rated as world leading or internationally excellent. The impact of our research was rated as 100% world leading or internationally excellent.

Research in psychology is organised around 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

Research ethics

All our research is underpinned by a commitment to ethical practice. Learn more about research ethics.

Staff research interests

Beth Bell

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

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.

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.

Elizabeth Edwards

Cognition and emotion; Teaching brief motivational interviewing.

Mark Edwards

The relationship between anxiety and cognition, and the neuropsychological correlates of substance use and abuse.

Stephen Gibson

Citizenship, welfare and national identity; representations of peace and conflict; dis/obedience.

Lorna Hamilton

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

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.

Rob Sanders

Neurocognitive functioning and mental health.

Nicholas Sarantakis

Existential psychotherapy; group therapy; acceptance- and compassion-based CBT.

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.

Zahra Tizro

The roots and causes of violence against women, and its relation to sexualities and experiences of embodiment.

Robert Vaughan

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


Research students

Emma Anderson

Social psychology and social citizenship (PhD; supervisors:  Stephen Gibson & Zahra Tizro)

Jess Brown

The role of socio-economic status and text exposure in comprehending and producing complex sentences (PhD; supervisors:  Jelena Mirkovic & Lorna Hamilton)

Matthew Crossland

The gendered nature of ‘banal capitalism’: The construction of gender and employment in online environments (MSc; supervisors: Stephen Gibson & Beth Bell)

Amy Marsh

Fact construction in media debates concerning the UK’s referendum on membership of the European Union (MSc; supervisors: Stephen Gibson & Mirko Demasi).

Rachael Thomas

Self-harm communities on social networking sites (PhD; supervisors: Stephen Gibson & Beth Bell)


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