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Research Students

Faye Riley

Faye Riley

Qualifications:

  • BSc Psychology – University of Manchester, 2009
  • MSc War and Psychiatry – King's College London, 2011
  • Research assistant, The Anna Freud Centre, 2012 

Research interests: Exposure to community violence and intergroup aspects of victimisation; Community violence has been described as a public health problem of epidemic proportions and has been linked to a range of negative psychological and social outcomes. Her current research aims to establish the prevalence rates and outcomes of exposure to community violence in a relatively low-risk population, with particular focus on minority groups.

Supervisors: Professor Cecilia Essau & Dr. Keon West

 

Alina Dafinoiu

Alina Dafinoiu

Qualifications:

  • BA in Psychology - "University of West" Timisoara, Romania, 2007
  • Master Degree in Clinical Psychology - University "Al.I. Cuza", Iasi, Romania, 2009

Research interests: Mental health among "home alone" adolescents in Romania

Supervisors: Professor Cecilia Essau & Dr George Georgiou

 

Constantina Demetriou

Constantina Demetriou

Qualifications:

  • BA in Psychology - City University, London
  • MSc in Mental Health Practice - University of Manchester

Research interests: Mental Health of young people in Cyprus: The influence of family on mental health needs among children and adolescents in community and clinical settings.

Supervisors: Professor Cecilia Essau & Dr Catherine Gilvarry

 

Blossom Fernandes

Blossom Fernandes

Qualifications:

  • MSc Memory and its Disorders - University of Leeds, 2011
  • B.Sc (Hons) Psychology - Roehampton University, 2010

Research interests: Her research will focus on the comorbidity of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and anxiety in children and adolescents. This will involve exploring the co-occurring psychopathological symptoms of ADHD subtypes with anxiety and assess its impact on social and cognitive development. She will examine the role of executive function (i.e. attention, working memory and affective decision making in children and young people with and without ADHD and is also interested in how this is related to self regulation and coping strategies.

Supervisors: Professor Cecilia Essau & Dr Mark Wright

 

Martha Canfield

Martha Canfield

Qualifications:

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Roehampton, 2011

Research interests: The impact of acculturation on the predictors of alcohol and substance misuse amongst Brazilian immigrants in the UK: Seeking to develop a better understanding of the predictors of alcohol and substance abuse by exploring the reasons why some members of minority ethnic groups tend to drink and misuse substances more heavily in the UK than their country of origin. She is particularly interested in the migrant process of adaptation to the host society (acculturation) and the impact of this process to the emergence of patterns of alcohol and substance misuse.

Supervisors: Dr Catherine Gilvarry & Dr Marcia Worrell

 

Sara Leblanc

Sara Leblanc

Qualifications:

  • Bsc Biological sciences, University of Victoria and University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Msc, Behaviour, Biology and Health, University of Roehampton

Research interests: Psychology of emotions, Individual differences in emotion regulation, Psychology of Sport, Group dynamics, Intervention research

Supervisors: Professor Changiz Mohiyeddini & Professor Cecilia Essau

 

Ivelina Tsocheva

Qualifications:

Research interests: An exploration of anxiety across different generations in Bulgaria. Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders in Adolescents: Prevalence, Correlates and Comorbidity Patterns of Anxiety Disorders, Social Support and Stigma in Help-seeking, Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology, Socio-Cultural Causes of Anxiety.

Supervisors: Professor Cecilia Essau & Dr George Georgiou

 

Nathan Critchlow

Nathan Critchlow

Qualifications:

  • BSc Psychology, Manchester University, 2011
  • MSc Investigative and Forensic Psychology, The Centre for Investigative Psychology at The University of Liverpool, 2012

Research interests: Smells like teen spirit: An ecological perspective of alcohol messages in the digital age: The over-consumption of alcohol by young people is compounded by increased exposure to alcohol marketing via web-based games, social networking and other online forms of entertainment. His research aims to explore digitally-based engagement strategies to investigate attitudes, expectancies and social anxiety in young people in relation to their exposure to alcohol-related implicit and explicit messages on the internet. His research represents a collaborative project between The Department for Psychology - Roehampton University and The Salvation Army UK.

Supervisors: Dr Catherine Gilvarry & Professor Cecilia Essau

 

Fatos Bayraktar

Fatos Bayraktar

Qualifications:

  • MSc Developmental Psychology - Lancaster University, UK, 2005
  • BSc  Psychology - Near East University, Cyprus, 2003

Research interests: Psychological Well-Being, Romantic Attachment and Divorce Attitudes of Emerging Adults in Cyprus: This research project aims to explore the psychological well-being, romantic attachment styles and divorce attitudes of emerging adults (18-30 years of age) who have divorced or non-divorced parents in Cyprus in relation to the quality of family relationships and cognitive coping with divorce. This project attempts to investigate the influence of parental divorce on emerging adult children in the light of risk and resiliency perspective by using both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Supervisors: Dr Catherine Gilvarry & Professor Cecilia Essau

 

Fan Zhang

Fan Zhang

Qualifications:

  • BA with honours in Philosophy and Psychology – University of Stirling, 2008
  • MSc Child Development: Early Years Research and Practise – University of Stirling, 2009

Research interests: The utility of narrative stems in diagnosing childhood Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: The psychological and physiological pictures. She is interested in children and adolescents' experience in trauma, as well as how their psychological and physiological beings transform as a result of the traumatic experience. This comprises the first research project where the consistency between narrative stems, psychometric tests and the physiological characteristics of childhood PTSD is investigated systematically.

Supervisors: Dr Steve Farnfield & Dr Leigh Gibson

 

Kieran Balloo

Kieran Balloo

Qualifications:

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • MSc Psychological Research Methods

Research interests: The Development of a Model for Understanding the Formation of Research Skills Knowledge in Undergraduate Psychology. His PhD research proposes to identify how undergraduate psychology students' research skills develop throughout their degree. It aims to track this development by focusing on individual differences in the structure of students' research skills knowledge, cognitive ability traits, non-ability traits and differences in students' perceptions of their own development. This aims to develop a model for understanding why there are differences in students' research skills knowledge despite them being at the same stage of learning, and how any gaps in knowledge may be addressed to improve their ability to conduct research activities.

Supervisors: Dr Gina Pauli & Dr Marcia Worrell

 

Katere Pourseied

Katere Pourseied

Qualifications:

  • MSc in Applied Psychological Research - University of Roehampton, 2011
  • BSc in Psychology - University of Roehampton, 2009

Research interests: The effectiveness of a newly developed Emotion and Social Skills Training program for children: A mixed-method approach into contributing factors of Social Anxiety (SA) & Emotion Regulation (ER) in children, child and adolescent mental health. further interests include Comorbidity of Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, Prevention/Intervention of Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, Parenting Practice.

Supervisors: Professor Cecilia Essau & Dr Elias Tsakanikos

 

Sharon Allan

Sharon Allan

Qualifications:

  • MSc in Applied Psychological Research - University of Roehampton, 2011.
  • BSc (hons) Psychology - University of Roehampton, 2010.

Research interests: Prevention of children at risk of knife and gun crime; Her interests are in Applied Psychology. Following her masters she was a research assistant with Prof. Essau working on in a pilot study: Early intervention for social anxiety in school children. This sparked her current interest for her PhD: Early Intervention & prevention of children at risk of knife & gun crime. She will initially research at risk youth further through focus groups, leading to evaluating existing intervention schemes and piloting a scheme using CBT techniques.

Supervisors: Professor Cecilia Essau & Dr Catherine Gilvarry

 

Francesca Cavallerio

Francesca Cavallerio

Qualifications:

  • BSc in Neuropsychology, University of Turin, Italy, 2005
  • MSc in Clinical Psychology, University of Turin, Italy, 2009
  • MSc in Sport Psychology, University of Roehampton, London, UK, 2012

Research Interests: During her MSc experience at Roehampton, she developed an interest for overtraining and injuries. Her actual research programme focuses on psychosocial factors affecting the occurrence of overuse injuries in sport, aiming to conduct an exploratory and systematic programme of research that observes the psychosocial factors and mechanisms affecting the process (i.e., prevention and response) of sport overuse injury.

Supervisors: Dr Ross Wadey and Professor Cecilia Essau

 

Natalie Prichard

Natalie Prichard

Qualifications:

  • B.A. in Occupational Therapy - University of Queensland, Australia, 2000
  • M.A. in Counselling - Queensland University of Technology, Australia, 2005
  • M.A. in Play Therapy - University of Roehampton, UK, 2012

Research interests: A quantitative outcome study examining the impact of play therapy in the stress physiology of maltreated children. Area of Research - the use of play therapy as an intervention for primary school aged children who have experienced developmental trauma.

Supervisors: Dr Steve Farnfield & Michael Barham

 

Benedict Grey

Qualifications:

Research interests: Assessing the Meaning of the Child to the Parent

Supervisors: Dr Janek Dubowski & Dr Steve Farnfield

 

Recent PhD Awards

Dorita S. Berger (Dori)

Honorary Research Fellows

Professor Mark R. Dadds
Professor Thomas Ollendick
Professor Patrick Leung
Dr Elena Longhi
Professor Keith Dobson
Associate Professor Weining Chang
Dr Stefano Palazzi