Department of Psychology

We are a forward-looking and energetic department combining excellence in learning and teaching with a strong and active research culture. We strive to provide the best educational experience and take pride in doing so within a friendly, intimate and supportive learning environment. 

We offer a growing portfolio of Psychology programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Our British Psychological Society-accredited degrees explore every aspect of human behaviour, from biological, social and developmental psychology to psychological disorders and cognitive neuroscience.

The department organises an annual seminar series with internal and external guest speakers. These events are open to all staff and students, and students are actively encouraged to attend.

Our research feeds directly into our teaching, ensuring a fresh, vibrant learning experience with academics who have an international reputation in their specialist area. What’s more, there are opportunities for students to get directly involved with our research during their degree.

Our research activity is organised into four research groups and one research centre, focussing on Brain and Cognition, Social and Organisational Psychology, Childhood and Youth Psychology, Health Psychology and Forensic and Investigative Psychology, and reflecting our research strengths. See below for more information on each.

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PhD opportunities in Forensic Psychology

From vulnerable witnesses to interviewing children in a hospital setting, the Centre for Forensic and Investigative Psychology (CFIP) is delighted to announce a fascinating array of postgraduate research supervision opportunities. Visit the CFIP website to find out more and get in touch.

Latest news

Jan 2024: Psychologist teams up with Education experts on creativity in schools

Cognitive Psychologist Prof. Paul Sowden has joined forces with the renowned Centre for Real-World Learning on The Creativity Collaborative, an Arts Council-funded project to embed creativity in the school curriculum. A joint event takes place on 25 January at the University. Find out more about the Creativity Collaborative.

Dec 2023: Winchester Psychology student volunteers to help tackle loneliness this Christmas

Final-year Psychology student Olivia volunteers for Hammersley Homes, which supports adults with mental health challenges in Hampshire. Every week she talks to the same two people on the phone, and at this time of year, her listening ear is particularly welcome to those who struggle with loneliness and mental health issues. Read the full BBC article.

Consultancy and research facilities

The Department of Psychology offers consultancy services and has cutting-edge facilities and laboratories for psychology research, as well as cubicles for experimental work. We have also been able to invest in state-of-the-art software and equipment. Explore our excellent facilities.

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Meet the Psychology team

Academic team

Research Staff

Technical Staff

Eleanor Phillips

Eleanor studied BSc Psychology at the University of Warwick and graduated with a First in 2019, before joining the Psychology Department at the University of Winchester as a Research Assistant. In March 2020, she joined the Psychology Technicians Team, supporting teaching and research in the Department. Her role includes providing technical support to teaching on modules, creating practical experiments for use in workshops, and helping our students conduct their own research projects. She have specialist knowledge of methods such as Electroencephalography (EEG) and Transcranial Electrical Stimulation (TES). In addition to her work as a Psychology Technician, she is undertaking a PhD in cognitive neuroscience and psychopathology. Specifically, her research is centred around investigating electrical brain activity involved in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and associated traits.

Grant Davis

Grant holds a BSc Hons in sport science from the University of Winchester and an MSc in exercise physiology from the University of Chichester. Grant has many years technical experience, having previously worked at Southampton Solent and Portsmouth Universities. Within these roles, he supported research and teaching activities in the psychology, physiology and biomechanics laboratories. Also, he was involved in many consultancy projects involving premier league football teams and Olympic para-athletes, in addition to projects of a more occupational nature. While at Portsmouth University, he gained experience working in specialist environmental chambers; aimed at researching the physiological and cognitive responses to all manner of extreme environmental conditions.

Neale Samways

Neale's desire to understand and be able to explain both natural and synthetic systems started at an early age through his interest in mathematics and the natural sciences. With over 25 years’ experience of involvement within higher education, Neale holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Computing as well as a Master's degree (with Distinction) in Natural Computation. Recently, he completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE, becoming a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Additionally, Neale has spent several years conducting postgraduate research. During his time in academia, Neale has worked as a Technician in five Psychology departments across the country, supported high-impact research projects, taught and assisted on a wide variety of course modules and has received and been nominated for a number of awards. Joining the Psychology department in December 2022 as a Technician, Neale brings a wealth of experience including psychophysiology, eye tracking and experimental psychology.

Visiting Research Fellows

Research in Psychology

REF 2021

The members of UoA4 are all staff within the Psychology Department, which has expanded rapidly in size and research capacity over the period 2014-2021. The Department has a vibrant, inclusive research environment organised around four research groups and one research centre - see below for more information on each.

Over the REF period, members of the Department have been very active research leaders and collaborators with extensive research networks and a track record of research outputs that are co-authored across institutions and internationally.

Find out more about the University of Winchester's REF 2021 submission for Psychology.

Research groups and centres

Centre for Forensic and Investigative Psychology

The aim of the Centre for Forensic and Investigative Psychology is to encourage and develop research opportunities, as well as dissemination of such research with interested parties, both within the University of Winchester and externally.

Find out more about the Centre for Forensic and Investigative Psychology and meet the team

Engaging Communities Research Centre

Our newest research and knowledge exchange centre, developing psychologically and community-informed solutions to contemporary social issues.

Find out more about the Engaging Communities Research Centre

Brain and Cognition Research Group

This group conducts work on fundamental cognitive processes and on brain and cognition in relation to a range of settings including health, education and the criminal justice system.

Find out more about the Brain and Cognition Research Group and meet the team

Healthy Lives Research Group

This interdisciplinary group is interested in individual and population health across the lifespan and across different contexts and cultures. Much of the research undertaken by group members is focussed on 'behaviour', whether in terms of typical health behaviours such as physical activity, or aspects such as patient decision-making or health organisations’ working practices.

Find out more about the Healthy Lives Research Group and meet the team

Childhood and Youth Psychology Research Group

This group conducts research to understand children’s and adolescents’ social, emotional and cognitive development, with the aim of improving psychological wellbeing, relationships at home and school, and academic achievement.

Find out more about the Childhood and Youth Psychology Research Group and meet the team

Social and Organisational Research Group

This group specialises in social psychology, organisational psychology, political psychology, personality and individual differences, and media study, aiming to delineate individual and social behaviours in social and organisational contexts.

Find out more about the Social and Organisational Research Group and meet the team

Criminal Justice Research Network

A collaboration of practitioners and academics working in the field of criminal justice, led by University of Winchester forensic psychology, criminology and policing experts.

Find out more about the Criminal Justice Research Network

Postgraduate research


We offer research supervision in a wide range of subjects. Our research students are studying a wide range of important and often interdisciplinary topics, supervised by our academic staff.

To find out more, explore our academic staff profile pages above for individual areas of supervision or use the Find an Expert search bar below.

Find out everything you need to know about studying for a research degree at the University of Winchester.

Research and teaching facilities

Our excellent facilities comprise:

  • Electro-encephalography and Neurostimulation Lab
  • Social Interaction Suite
  • Infant and Child Observation Suite
  • Alcohol Research (‘Bar’) Lab
  • Eye Tracking Lab
  • Virtual Reality Lab
  • Colour and Psychophysics Lab
  • A suite of two-person, general-purpose project labs
  • A psychometric test library
  • Psychophysiological measurement equipment (e.g. Actigraphy, BioPAC)
  • Support for a wide range of online experiments (e.g. Qualtrics, Matlab, EPrime)

Find out more about Psychology reseach, teaching and Knowledge Exchange facilities

Explore our courses

Find out more about our courses in Psychology

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