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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.

Research activity is organised into various active research groups, reflecting our cognitive, developmental and social psychological research strengths. This 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 you to get directly involved with our research during your degree.

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.

The department runs a newly launched 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 you are actively encouraged to attend.

Meet the Psychology team

Academic team

Technical team

Psychology technicians

Visiting Research Fellows

Research in Psychology

'World-leading' research

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.

2014 Saw the first Research Excellence Framework submission from a rapidly growing department. Of our research output, 2.8% was rated as ‘world-leading’, and nearly 80% rated 2* or 3* (of international standing), with particular strengths identified in human perception and cognition. Studies that demonstrated impact included the effects on memory of nitrogen narcosis for deep-sea divers, and research that showed how the muscle-building culture of men’s magazines influences young male readers.

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 are involved in the interdisciplinary, collaborative Health and Wellbeing Research Group.

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.

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.

Brain, Behaviour and Cognition Research Group

This group researches a wide range of topics including creative thinking, cognitive and affective neuroscience, auditory and visual perception, face processing, attention, memory, human-computer interaction, categorization of space and place, risk taking, deception, contemplative practice, abnormal cognition, and the effect of psychedelic drugs on cognition and mental health and wellbeing. Methods include behavioural, experimental, electroencephalography (EEG), eye-tracking, skin conductance response (SCR), psychophysics, connectionist and computational modelling.

Group members

  • Dr Sarah Bayless
  • Dr Valerie Bonnardel
  • Dr Clare Davies
  • Dr Tim Gamble
  • Dr Daniel Gill
  • Dr Rhiannon Jones
  • Dr Gary Lancaster
  • Dr Jordan Randell
  • Dr Cassie Richardson
  • Dr Liam Satchell
  • Professor Paul Sowden

For more information, contact Dr Rhiannon Jones.

Healthy Lives Research Group

This group is interested in research looking at health and wellbeing across the lifespan and within different contexts and cultures. There is a particular focus among members of the group on the development of healthy workplaces and inclusive working practices from both a physical and psychological health perspective. Specialists within the group undertake the design, implementation and evaluation of behaviour change interventions across a range of health behaviours and applications. The group is open to working with specialist groups and external partners and welcomes enquiries from prospective research students and collaborators.

Group members

  • Dr Wing Yee Cheung
  • Dr Kim Bradley-Cole
  • Dr Michelle Cleveland
  • Dr Tim Gamble
  • Dr David Giles
  • Dr Debra Gray
  • Dr Margaret Husted
  • Dr Lynn McKeague
  • Dr Joost Leunissen
  • Dr Dimitra Pachi
  • Dr Jordan Randell
  • Dr Cassie Richardson

For more information, contact Dr Margaret Husted.

Find out more about Health and Wellbeing at the University of Winchester

Childhood and Youth Psychology Research Group

This group focusses on areas that benefit the acquisition of knowledge as well as having practical applications such as behaviour change, and intervention design and evaluation, related to children and young adolescents. The research approaches used by members of the group are broad and include qualitative as well as quantitative methodologies. However, all members of this group investigate topics where basic research intersects with applied topics.

Group members

  • Dr Ana Aznar
  • Dr Lynn McKeague
  • Dr Merce Prat-Sala
  • Dr Kirsty Ross
  • Dr Amy Warhurst

For more information, contact Dr Ana Aznar.

Social and Organisational Research Group

This group brings together researchers within the Department of Psychology who share a broad interest in critically examining the social psychological aspects of political structures and practices, community processes, and identities. The group has a strong critical focus, aiming to examine and address challenges facing contemporary society, critique policy agendas, and develop new and innovative research practices.

The group also has a strong knowledge exchange focus, seeking to builds interdisciplinary links to organisations, communities and movements in local, national and international contexts. Areas of research and knowledge exchange include the related topics of youth, refugees, conflict and health and wellbeing; group member Dr Dimitra Pachi is a member of a University-led knowledge exchange initiative, the Forced Migration Network.

Group members

  • Dr Kim Bradley-Cole
  • Dr Wing Yee Cheung
  • Dr Michelle Cleveland
  • Dr David Giles
  • Dr Debra Gray
  • Dr Lynn McKeague
  • Dr Joost Leunissen
  • Dr Dimitra Pachi
  • Dr Liam Satchell

For more information, contact Dr Wing Yee Cheung.

Postgraduate research


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.

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

Current research students and topics

Our research students are studying a wide range of fascinating, 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 principle 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 supervisors: Prof. Paul Sowden, Dr Tim Gamble)
  • 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

Psychology Research Laboratory

The Psychology Research Laboratory accommodates a range of research, for example it contains a play area with comfortable seating for children and parents/guardians, a one-way mirror for observations, and general-purpose PCs suitable for running various kinds of computerised studies.

Social Research Laboratory

The Social Research Laboratory comprises two rooms. The observation room is equipped with comfortable seating and tables, a plasma screen, microphones and remote control video cameras, and is suitable for conducting focus groups or interviews. Adjacent to this is a control room which allows for complete monitoring and remote control video and audio recording from the observation room.

EEG Laboratory

The EEG laboratory houses a BIOSEMI EEG system capable of running electroencephalogram (EEG) experiments on research participants. Typically, EEG research measures the brain activity of participants when performing a variety of additional tasks or perceiving experimental stimuli. The EEG lab is also equipped with a research PC for the presentation of computer-based tasks.

Experimental Cubicles

The Department possesses eight research cubicles suitable for cognitive/experimental research. All are equipped with modern PCs, some with touch-screens, with experiment-generating software (such as E-Prime or Superlab). One cubicle is equipped with an artificial daylight illuminant suitable for research into colour vision. The department also has a Human Performance and Perception laboratory and a Colour & Vision laboratory where auditory and visual perception experiments can be carried out.

Psychometric Test Library

The Department has a well-stocked psychometric test library with a range of cognitive, educational and developmental test batteries as well as aptitude, ability and personality tests.


The Department has an extensive range of software available for student and staff use, both for teaching and research. The Department uses SPSS extensively, as well as software such as PsychoPy, R, E-Prime and Matlab.

Additional facilities

The Department has BIOPACs available for student and staff use, and these are used regularly in teaching. They support a number of electrophysiological measures, including EEG, GSR and heart-rate monitoring.

The Department has privileged access to modern computer suites which are used frequently in the teaching of research methods and statistics.

In addition, the Department has a Psychology Computer Suite and Psychology Resource Room, both available for student and staff use.

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