Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology celebrates excellent results in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.
We are a thriving, research intensive department, conducting world class research across many areas of psychology including autism, memory, decision making and cognitive neuroscience. Students learn from active researchers and expert practitioners in range of innovative degree programmes.
The Department of Psychology was one of only 13 UK universities to make it in to the top 100 of the 2018 Times Higher Education World Rankings (Psychology subject rankings) and ranked top 200 in the world and top 30 in the UK by the QS World University Rankings.
Students learn from and work with leading academics and skilled practitioners, and we have consistently high student satisfaction, achieving 90% overall satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS) and 2nd overall in London for Psychology.
The department produces research that is rated as being well within the top third of UK institutions (REF 2014). Investment in recruiting researchers with established, recognised expertise over recent years has allowed the department to expand substantially, fostering a dynamic environment for research and learning.
Excellence in teaching
Dr Stian Reimers has won the Vice-Chancellor’s Award in the category of Excellence in Learning and Teaching within the School of Arts and Social Sciences.
Our academics and staff members are often recognised by their excellent teaching. For example, Dr Stian Reimers and Dr Jessica Jones Nielsen have won the Vice-Chancellor’s Award in the category of Excellence in Learning and Teaching within the School of Arts and Social Sciences. Professor James Hampton was awarded the Research Supervisor of the Year and Dr Andreas Kappes won the Teaching Excellence Award! at the Academic Impact Awards run by the Student's Union and the Learning Enhancement and Development (LEaD).
What is it like to study Psychology at City?
Watch a day in the life of our Psychology student, Aqsa.
City teaching and research programmes have unique features to enhance your experience at City. For example, City was one of the first institutions to develop DPsych programmes Counselling Psychology. Also our BSc Psychology degree we provide the opportunity for you to graduate with a BPS accredited BSc Psychology degree in a specialised area of Psychology (see our 4 pathways here - Counselling and Health Psychology, Organisational Psychology and Behavioural Economics, Psychology with Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience and Psychology with Child Development). Our MSc programmes offers clinical internships in clinical settings such as Mind (Hackney) and we have developed international PhD programmes to provide our students with research experience in international laboratories.
See below for all our programmes:
The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 for the Psychology Department show a marked improvement, compared to the last assessment round (Research Assessment Exercise, RAE, 2008). In REF2014 we returned 28 FTE (over 30 individual members of staff) and 67% of our research was rated at the top 4* or 3* categories. In RAE2008, we returned 10.8 FTE and 50% of our research was rated in these categories. Currently, the results of REF2014 show the Psychology Department to have jumped to a ranking of 29 out of 82 relevant departments in the UK, compared to our ranking of 50/76 in RAE2008, according to the research power measure (which is based on both research quality and research volume). These results are encouraging for our effort to continue providing a supporting, vibrant research environment and research-led teaching through internationally recognised experts, across the entire department.
The department is led by Dr Trudi Edginton.
- Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit
- Decision Making and Behavioural Economics Research Group
- Developmental Psychology Research Group
- Centre for Memory and Law
- Autism Research Group
- Human Memory Research Group
- Organisational Psychology Research Group
- Coaching Psychology Unit
- Centre for Psychological Well-Being and Neuroscience
- Centre for Mathematical Neuroscience and Psychology
Dr Jessica Jones Nielsen
- Dr Trudi Edginton, Head of Department
In alphabetical order:
- Dr Carsten Allefeld, Lecturer
- Professor Peter Ayton, Professor of Psychology
- Professor Dermot Bowler, Professor of Psychology, PhD Programme Director
- Dr Beatriz Calvo-Merino, Reader in Pyschology
- Dr Sara Chaudry, Programme Director Grad Cert Counselling Psychology
- Dr Seraphine Clarke, Lecturer in Psychology
- Professor Martin Conway
- Dr Paula Corcoran, Senior Lecturer
- Professor Philip Corr, Professor of Psychology
- Dr Danai Dima, Senior Lecturer in Psychology
- Kathryn Emerson, Lecturer in Psychology (Education Only)
- Dr Ansgar Endress, Senior Lecturer, Director of Developmental Psychology Research Group, Chair of Research Committee
- Dr Jacqui Farrants, Consultant Psychologist
- Dr Anne-Kathrin Fett, Senior Lecturer in Psychology
- Dr Paul Flaxman, Reader
- Professor Bettina Forster, Professor of Psychology and Director Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit (CRNU)
- Dr Elliot Freeman , Reader in Psychology, UG Programme Director
- Dr Sebastian Gaigg, Reader in Psychology; Deputy Head of Department
- Dr Lucia Garrido, Lecturer in Psychology
- Dr Martina Gerada, Lecturer in Counselling Psychology
- Dr Corinna Haenschel, Reader in Psychology, Programme Director MSc Clinical, Cognitive and Social Neuroscience
- Ms Alice Haddon, Lectureship in Counselling Psychology
- Professor James Hampton, Professor of Psychology
- Dr Emma Hollywell, Lectureship Placement Coordinator
- Professor Mark L. Howe, Chair in Cognitive Science
- Dr Andreas Jarvstad, Lecturer in Psychology
- Dr Jessica Jones Nielsen, Senior Lecturer and Associate Dean (People and Culture)
- Dr Daphne Josselin, Lecturer in Counselling Psychology
- Dr Andreas Kappes, Lecturer in Psychology
- Dr Mehdi Keramati, Lecturer in Psychology
- Dr Lauren Knott, Senior Lecturer
- Dr Anna Lambrechts, Lecturer in Psychology
- Dr Sophie Lind, Senior Lecturer, Chair of Research Ethics Committee
- Dr Lynsey Mahmood, Lecturer in Organisational Psychology
- Dr Jutta Tobias Mortlock, Senior Lecturer in Organisational Psychology
- Dr Ohemaa Nkansa-Dwamena, Lecturer in Counselling Psychology
- Dr Aylish O'Driscoll, Lecturer in Counselling Psychology
- Professor Stephen Palmer, Director, Coaching Psychology Unit
- Dr Dimitris Pinotsis, Senior Lecturer in Psychology
- Dr Anke Plagnol, Lecturer, Programme Director MSc Behavioural Economics
- Dr Marie Poirier, Reader; Director of the Memory Research Unit
- Professor Emmanuel Pothos, Professor of Psychology
- Dr Deborah Rafalin, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Associate Dean (Education), School of Arts and Social Sciences
- Dr Stian Reimers, Reader in Psychology
- Dr Francesco Rigoli, Senior Lecturer in Psychology
- Dr Kate Scruby, Lectureship in Counselling Psychology
- Dr Fran Smith, Lecturer in Psychology
- Dr Susan Strauss, Senior Lecturer; Programme Director, DPsych in Counselling Psychology
- Dr Katy Tapper, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Chair of Research Ethics Committee
- Sapphira Thorne, Research Fellow
- Professor Carla Willig, Professor of Psychology
- Dr Kielan Yarrow, Reader; Course Director, Research Methods and Psychology MSc
- Dr Julia Yates, Senior Lecturer, Programme Director MSc Organisational Psychology
- Dr James Yearsley, Lecturer in Psychology
- Dr Lara Zibarras, Senior Lecturer in Organisational Psychology
Dr Trudi Edginton
Interested in taking part in Psychology research?
The Psychology Department at City is a research active department. You can get involved and help with our research by volunteering to participate. All of our research studies have received ethical approval meaning that they fulfil certain criteria and will not harm anyone in any way. Some studies pay for participation, some studies are run by our research students as part of their research training.
City, University of London Department of Psychology Tour
Explore some of our specialist Psychology facilities City, University of London. We have particular strengths in the use of Electroencephalography (EEG), Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and Transcranial Electric Stimulation (a weak current applied to the scalp), in addition to measures of human behaviour (e.g. response times, response errors, and eye movements) and physiological measures (e.g. galvanic skin response and heart rate).
News, events and recent research
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