Staff research areas
Professor Gary Adamson
Statistical modelling; Psychological Epidemiology; Mental Health and Addictions; Early Life Events and Mental Health.
Dr Cherie Armour
Mental Health; Mental Health promotion programmes; Accesses to supports and services for Mental Health; Veteran health and wellbeing; Secondary traumatisation; Technological solutions / interventions for Mental Health; Male interpersonal violence; The psychological impact of childhood sexual assault; The psychological impact of intimate partner violence; Police and services response to domestic violence; Help-seeking & stigma associated with Mental Health; Latent variable modelling; The nosology of PTSD in the DSM-5 & ICD-11.
Dr Robert Bones
Precision teaching and sport; Precision teaching and learning; Stimulus equivalence and transfer of function; Evolutionary psychology.
Professor Brendan Bunting
Statistical modelling; psychology and health.
Dr Noel Brick
Sport and exercise psychology. Effects of attentional focus and cognitive strategies on endurance performance and exercise adherence. Effects of exercise on cognitive function
Dr Claire Campbell
Intergroup relations, social identity theory and social cognition
Dr Tony Cassidy
Health Psychology: Child and Family Psychology: Psychosocial aspects of stress, coping and health: Psychosocial aspects of child and family health. Cancer, chronic illness, physical activity, rehabilitation, complementary therapy, palliative care.
Dr Janine Cooper
Pharmacoepidemiology, mental health
Dr Dagmar Corry
Positive mental health across the lifespan; young people's mental health; living well with dementia; spirituality and religion in mental health; coping and resilience through creativity and spirituality; qualitative research, and mixed methods research
Dr Emma Curran
Epidemiology; Administrative data; Child and adolescent mental health
Dr Paul DeCock
Early (perinatal) predictors of child psychological development as well as in the potential for public health interventions to promote psychological wellbeing. Health services research, with a focus on perinatal health care.
Dr Edel Ennis
Seasonal Affective Disorder; Individual difference, with particular emphasis on personality, emotional intelligence and attachment and their relevance to understanding various behaviours, e.g. deception, work burnout and engagement.
Dr Finola Ferry
Mental health epidemiology; mental health economics; statistical and econometric modelling using administrative data.
Dr Andrea Furey
Social identity theory; prejudice; segregation; cross-community contact.
Dr Stephen Gallagher
Applied Behaviour Analysis in addressing the needs of those individuals with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and their carers. Behavioural Gerontology. The use of eye tracking equipment as a method of assessing and changing gaze behaviour (with reference to autism, obesity, behavioural safety). Stimulus Equivalence.
Professor Melanie Giles
Attitudes and attitude change. The application of social cognition models to Health Psychology. Child and family health; student engagement, employability and peer mentoring.
Dr Colin Gorman
Forensic mental health, assessment and treatment of victims and perpetrators of violent and sexual offences. Emotional empathy and emotional regulation.
Dr James Houston
Mental health, cannabis and psychosis.
Dr Mickey Keenan
Experimental Analysis of Behaviour, Applied Behaviour Analysis, Stimulus Equivalence and Creativity, Autism, Parent Training.
Dr Eun-Mee Kim
Behavioural neuroscience, models of psychological disorders.
Dr Niamh Kennedy
Research into the motor, cognitive and psychological aspects of recovery of individuals with stroke and brain injury. I have investigated this using a range of techniques including neuroscience, neurophysiology and experimental psychology, to add to our understanding of recovery and the healthy brain.
Dr Karen Kirby
Child and Adolescent Mental Health: to include mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention (addressing self-harm, anxiety, depression, and prevention of cyberbullying). Assessing the utility and effectiveness of brief CBT for a range of mental health conditions. Health Psychology in particular links between mental health and health /lifestyle behaviours which impact control of existing chronic conditions and the prevention of others ( such as Type 2 Diabetes in particular).
Professor Gerry Leavey
Access to and acceptability of mental health services. Improving the quality of life for people with mental health problems. Improving the quality of life for people with dementia and their carers; Access to, and acceptability of, health and social care provision. Understanding the needs of family caregivers and improving support, health inequalities and health service outcomes; Young people and help-seeking for mental health and emotional problems; Medical anthropology and sociology: health beliefs, religion and spirituality related to mental health
Professor Julian Leslie
Behavioural neuroscience, experimental analysis of behaviour, applied behaviour analysis, stimulus equivalence.
Dr John Mallett
Multivariate statistics, measurement models, missing data analysis, health psychology in particular, healthy ageing, positive psychology and mental health.
Dr Donal McAteer
Psychological therapy evaluation; therapy process, the therapeutic relationship, and therapist factors' influence on therapy outcome; mental health; well-being in isolated community populations and their access to mental health services; qualitative methods.
Dr Orla McBride
Addiction, the development of problematic alcohol use, latent variable modelling.
Dr Claire McDowell
Evidence based education, Autism, Childhood feeding disorders.
Dr Adele McKinney
Cognitive functions specifically memory and attention and the impact of perceived healthy behaviours.
Dr Marian McLaughlin
Psychosocial aspects of child and family health, health psychology, behaviour change, sexual health, oral health and e-cigarette use
Dr Frances McLernon
Forgiveness, intergroup conflict, group processes.
Dr Jamie Murphy
Dimensional and continuous representations of psychosis; psycho-social etiology of psychosis; trauma-psychosis mechanisms of association; lay/professional attitudes towards 'severe mental illness'.
Professor Siobhan O'Neill
Suicidal behaviour. Self-harm. Mental health in Northern Ireland. Mental health in college students. Crisis line caller behaviour. Mental health services research. Qualitative and quantitative methods
Professor Gillian Robinson
Research methodology; social attitudes and good relations; peace monitoring; role of digital archives in peacebuilding
Dr Michael Rosato
Mental health and wellbeing – using both specific dedicated
datasets, and the more generically defined Longitudinal Studies; health outcomes of ethnic minority populations (in E&W and in the wider European setting); chronic disease epidemiology and health inequalities.
Professor Mark Shevlin
Latent variable modelling, psychosis, PTSD and trauma.
Dr Gillian Shorter
Addiction, Alcohol Brief Interventions, Addictive behaviour change, Randomised Trial Design, Systematic Reviews, Consensus Methods, Community Mental Health, Public Mental Health, Polydrug use, Gambling.
Dr Victoria Simms
Developmental psychology; mathematical thinking and reasoning in childhood, cognition, working memory, executive functions. Learning in pre-school and primary school aged children. Long-term impact of premature birth on cognitive and educational outcomes. Developmental disorders.
Dr Liz Simpson
Psychological well-being and health during pregnancy, menopause, and infertility; cognition and ageing and the underlying event related potentials (EEG); Health needs of carers with dementia; predictors of early diagnosis; designing more appropriate dementia friendly environments; dietary patterns, health and well-being, predictors of supplement use; psychoneuroimmunology and the role of zinc in cognition and well-being; promotion and maintenance for health and well-being across the lifespan; PA guidelines and their meaning.
Professor Maurice Stringer
Intergroup conflict, group processes, student feedback, mental health, health psychology.
Dr Emma Walker
The wellbeing of those who are working or have worked in uniformed occupations.
Dr Bethany Bradley-Waterhouse
Research on the experiences of marginalised groups in accessing services