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The Department has an active research community comprising of staff and research students, which is organised into 6 research centres:

We strive for research excellence and aim to support new researchers in career development. We welcome enquiries about our work, including potential collaboration and research student applications.

Notifications of research seminars in the above research centres will be announced on our Events pages.

See our research student profiles.

Department of Psychology Phd Studentships 2018

The Department of Psychology will fund two new studentships in 2018 to support two of the research projects listed below. Of the three projects listed, the projects attracting the best two applicants will be awarded a PhD bursary starting in January 2018. Successful applicants will engage in PhD study full time and integrate into the life of the Department of Psychology, working with academic colleagues and undergraduate students.

  1. Female Genital Mutilation: Psychological impact, health and social services utilization, and intervention. Information and application details here.
  2. A neuropsychological study of the role of cognitive load and working memory capacity in distraction suppression. Information and application details here.
  3. The impact of interpersonal regulatory fit between people in distress and potential helpers on empathy, prosocial behaviour and perceived support. Information and application details here.

Closing date for receipt of applications is midday 3rd November 2017

Live Science at the Science Museum

A team of University of Roehampton researchers, led by Dr Leigh Gibson, has collected data from visitors to the Science Museum on the topic of “How much do you like to eat?”.  

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Do you find it easy to control what you eat? Or do some foods tempt you so much that you can’t resist them? Is it the foods, or is it you? Researchers from the University of Roehampton want to understand why some people may overindulge in certain foods and how this relates to our personality and genes.

For more details about the research click here:

Dr Gibson writes; "We have been delighted with the response and interest from the public in our study. We can announce that we have submitted our first abstract to a scientific meeting for 2016 (International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity), based on our findings about the implications of how fast you eat."  

A copy of the abstract can be viewed here.