Welcome to the 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 for you 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.
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 your degree.
Our research activity is organised into various research groups (see below), reflecting our cognitive, developmental and social psychological research strengths.
We currently have two excellent examples of topical, engaged research and knowledge exchange:
Homeschooling during Lockdown
A project aimed at finding out about parents' and carers' experiences with home schooling.
Covid-19 and Volunteering
A survey in collaboration with with Hampshire County Council and Hampshire's CVS Network aimed at helping to shape the future of volunteering in Hampshire.
The Department of Psychology also 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.
The department is home to the Centre for Forensic and Investigative Psychology and 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.
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Meet the Psychology team
- Dr Rachel Wilcock, Reader in Psychology and Head of Department
- Dr Ana Aznar, Lecturer in Psychology
- Dr Sarah Bayless, Senior Lecturer in Psychology
- Dr Valérie Bonnardel, Reader in Experimental Psychology
- Dr Kim Bradley-Cole, Senior Lecturer in Occupational Psychology
- Dr Wing Yee Cheung, Lecturer in Psychology
- Dr Michelle Cleveland, Senior Lecturer in Psychology
- Dr Deborah Crossland, Lecturer in Psychology
- Dr Clare Davies, Senior Lecturer in Psychology
- Dr Andrea Gibbons, Lecturer in Psychology
- Dr David Giles, Reader in Media Psychology
- Dr Daniel Gill, Senior Lecturer in Psychology
- Dr Debra Gray, Reader in Psychology
- Dr Jackie Hillman, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology
- Dr Margaret Husted, Senior Lecturer in Psychology
- Dr Rhiannon Jones, Senior Lecturer in Psychology
- Dr Wendy Kneller, Senior Lecturer in Psychology
- Dr Feni Kontogianni, Lecturer in Psychology
- Jenny Kontosthenous, Lecturer in Forensic Psychology
- Dr Gary Lancaster, Lecturer in Psychology
- Dr Joost Leunissen, Lecturer in Psychology
- Dr Lynn McKeague, Senior Lecturer in Psychology
- Dr Beth Parsons, Lecturer in Psychology
- Dr Merce Prat-Sala, Senior Lecturer in Psychology
- Dr Jordan Randell, Lecturer in Psychology
- Dr Kirsty Ross, Senior Lecturer in Psychology
- Dr Cassie Richardson, Senior Lecturer in Psychology
- Dr Liam Satchell, Lecturer in Psychology
- Prof. Paul Sowden, Professor of Psychology, Cognition and Creativity
- Dr Amy Warhurst, Lecturer in Psychology
- Dr Frances Warren, Lecturer in Psychology
- Dr Genevieve Waterhouse, Senior Lecturer in Psychology
- Dr Adrian Whyte, Lecturer in Psychology
Other lecturing staff
Our Technicians are important members of the team, invaluable to staff and students alike. Find out more about their work and their research interests.
I joined the Psychology department in November 2015 and have been learning ever since how broad a subject Psychology is. Many of my skills I gained working in the IT industry designing solutions for customers to run their business with and helping software vendors integrate their software are applicable to my role as a Psych Tech. For example, understanding different project requirements and providing staff and students with access and technical support for the broad range of tools and experimental software used in teaching and research. Often I am asked to assist with refining the design of a study, setting up a laboratory, or coaching people to use the labs and other resources available at Winchester independently. I also provide demonstrator and teaching support on a number of modules and frequently develop experiments for use in research. As a Psychology Technician, time is also spent looking at the future needs of the department and assisting the Head of Department in planning and implementing this.
I 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, I joined the Psychology Technicians Team, supporting teaching and research in the Department. My role includes providing technical support to teaching on modules, creating practical experiments for use in workshops, and helping our students conduct research projects. I work part-time as a Psychology Technician and continue to undertake research work in my remaining time. I have a keen interest in cognitive neuroscience and psychopathology, specialising in methods such as Electro-encephalography (EEG) and Transcranial Electrical Stimulation (TES), and can support student and staff wishing to use these methods in their research.
Research in Psychology
Research in Psychology at Winchester is wide-ranging and of international standard, with particular strengths in human perception and cognition, health and wellbeing, forensic investigation, and identity. Since submitting our REF application in 2014, the Psychology Department has recruited many new staff, most with very strong publications and several with very high impact. Staff are highly active in the production of academic literature, editing peer-review journals, the reviewing and refereeing of grant proposals and articles, and presenting work at international conferences. They are also involved in international research networks in areas relevant to cognition, perception, forensic psychology, social psychology and developmental psychology. Internally, several Winchester Psychology staff work in close collaboration with colleagues in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.
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.
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.
Brain and Cognition Research Group
This group researches a wide range of topics such as creative thinking, cognitive and affective neuroscience, perception, attention, memory, human-computer interaction, risk taking and deception, among other themes.
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.
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.
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.
We offer research supervision in a wide range of subjects. 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.
Current research students and topics
Our research students are studying a wide range of important and often interdisciplinary topics, supervised by our academic staff.
- Debbie Collins: ‘Eyewitness skills and jurors' perceptions of adults with intellectual disabilities' (Supervisors: Dr Rachel Wilcock, Dr Wendy Kneller, Dr Genevieve Waterhouse)
- Jack Hardwicke: ‘The other side of the wheel: An exploration into the culture of competitive road cycling with reference to masculinity, risk and injury with a principal focus around concussion’ (Psychology supervisor: Dr Tim Gamble)
- Mick Jackson: ‘Stay Awake: a novel based on the wake-a-thons of the 1950s and 1960s, an exploration of the fiction of anxiety and how an assessment of the ‘hypnagogic’ state might inform our understanding of the creative process’ (Psychology supervisor: Dr Rhiannon Jones)
- Mandy Jones: ‘Investigating second language learner (L2) motivations of Japanese students on an international Foundation Programme (IFP) at a University in the South of England' (Psychology supervisor: Dr Merce Prat-Sala)
- Stewart Keating: ‘Investigating source credibility in political election candidates’ (Supervisors: Dr Debra Gray, Dr Jordan Randell, Dr Wing Yee Cheung)
- Fabiana Lombardi: ‘Face representation in the memory of depressive and anxious individuals’ (Psychology supervisors: Prof. Paul Sowden, Dr Daniel Gill)
- Clare Martin: ‘The New Creativity: Creative Thinking in the Digital Age’ (Psychology supervisor: Prof. Paul Sowden)
- Shokraneh Oftadeh Moghadam: ‘Sleep Quality and Health: An Online Sleep Intervention for Adolescents' (Psychology supervisors, Dr Debra Gray, Dr Margaret Husted). Find out more about the project
- Becky Petley: ‘Developing an intervention to improve wellbeing of student nurses’ (Psychology supervisor: Dr Margaret Husted)
- Gary Turner: ‘Taking the hits: An exploration to the risks faced from head impacts on the behaviour of fight sports athletes’ (Psychology supervisor: Dr Cassie Richardson)
- Justine Sinclair: ‘Celebrity - Audience relationships: Exploring issues of Class and Mortality' (Psychology supervisor: Dr David Giles)
- Campbell Williams: ‘The impact of significant infrastructure development upon the de-maculinisation of a traditional sports club' (Psychology supervisor: Dr Tim Gamble)
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)