Psychology

Hope Christie

Psychology

PhD Researcher in Psychology (ESRC +3)
Department of Psychology, University of Bath

Start date: September 2015

Research topic: Parental Distress and PTSD – Impact and outcomes on the child

I only started my PhD in September, so I am still finding my feet with my research! Broadly speaking my research is concerned with parental distress and parental posttraumatic stress disorder, how this impacts on parenting behaviours and subsequently how this may impact on the child. 

Research supervisors: Dr Sarah Halligan, Dr Catherine Hamilton-Giachritsis

Positions held: I am a SWDTC Student Representative and I am also part of The Open Review journal (TOR)

E-mail: H.Christie@bath.ac.uk

Twitter: @HChristie_psych

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Hope_Christie

Emily Darley

Psychology

PhD Researcher in Psychology (ESRC 1+3)
School of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol

Start Date: September 2012

Research Topic: Psycholinguistics

I am researching language processing and in particular sentence processing: what mechanisms and resources are involved in the brain's computation of how the component words of a sentence fit together, as it unfolds, to help us comprehend the meaning of the sentence? More specifically, my PhD primarily involves experiments on processing of negation in sentences and under what circumstances the presence of negation may disrupt incrementality of processing.

Research supervisors: Dr Nina Kazanina, Dr Chris Kent

E-mail: emily.darley@bristol.ac.uk

Elena Dimitriou

Psychology

PhD Researcher in Psychology (ESRC +3)
College of Life & Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter

Start Date: September 2015

Research Topic: Sexual harassment complaints procedures

My research focuses on sexual harassment complaints procedures. Through a mixed methods approach I aim to explore the ways in which people respond to sexual harassment, how they decide which path to take (formal complaint, disclosure to a friend etc.) and the effects of each path on their wellbeing.

Research supervisors: Professor Manuela Barreto, Professor Thomas Morton

Professional memberships / Positions held: Member of the organizing committee of the 2016 SWDTC student conference, Member of BPS and ISJR

E-mail: e.dimitriou@exeter.ac.uk

LinkedIn: Elena Dimitriou

Twitter: @ElenaDimitriouG

Website / Blog: http://psychology.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Elena_Dimitriou

Meryem Grabski

Psychology

PhD Researcher in Psychology (ESRC +3)
School of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol

Start Date: September 2013

Research Topic: Tobacco withdrawal, cognition and craving

I am researching the effect of smoking abstinence on cognitive performance and craving in regular smokers. My goal is to ultimately develop a human behavioural model of tobacco withdrawal to test the effectiveness of new smoking cessation treatments.

Research supervisors: Professor Marcus Munafo, Professor Valerie Curran, Professor David Nutt, Professor Stephen Husbands

Professional memberships / Positions held: Member of the SRNT (Society of Tobacco and Nicotine Research) trainee network committee

E-mail: m.grabski@bristol.ac.uk

LinkedIn: Meryem Grabski

Twitter: @MeryemGrabski

Claire Harries

Psychology

PhD Researcher in Psychology (ESRC 1+3)
College of Life & Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter

Start Date: September 2015

Research Topic: The process of symptom change in psychological treatments for depression

My research focuses upon understanding how, why, and for whom psychological treatments for depression work. In particular, I am interested in how patterns of depressive symptom change are characterised within two psychological therapies for depression: Behavioural Activation and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. My research aims to identify whether there are specific treatment components of these therapies that are necessary for change, and if there are specific times during therapy at which it is best to target these components. The identification of factors that influence therapeutic change can help to guide the refinement of existing treatments to improve treatment outcomes for depression.  

Research supervisors: Dr Heather O'Mahen, Dr Kim Wright, Professor Adele Hayes

E-mail: ch631@exeter.ac.uk

Website / Blog: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/mooddisorders/staffprofiles/

Stacey Heath

Psychology

PhD Researcher in Psychology (ESRC 1+3)
College of Life & Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter

Start Date: September 2014

Research Topic: Exploring the role of identity in urban regeneration settings

My research looks to explore the role of social identity in communities undergoing urban regeneration. Using the framework of social identity and social cure, I aim to explore community relations within areas of high deprivation and poverty. Taking a mixed methods approach which works collaboratively with Plymouth Council, I aim to develop our understanding of the social dynamics within these communities and the impact that regeneration schemes may have. The PhD hopes to implement small scale interventions that will incorporate identity building techniques into regeneration strategies, resulting in increased levels of engagement and sustainability within these areas.

Research supervisors: Dr Anna Rabinovich, Professor Manuela Barreto

Professional memberships / Positions held: Member of the Athena SWAN working group at Exeter, Soap box Science 2016 speaker, SWDTC 2016 conference Chair, Member of APA, BPS and SPSSI, Member of the European group for the study of deviance and social control, PGR academic rep 2014-2015.

E-mail: sh587@exeter.ac.uk

LinkedIn: Stacey Heath

Twitter: @staceyheath2

Website / Blog: http://psychology.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Stacey_Heath

Abigail Mottershaw

Psychology

PhD Researcher in Psychology (ESRC 1+3)
School of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol

Start Date: September 2015

Research Topic: The nature and nurture of wellbeing in adolescence 

My research examines environmental and genetic influences on adolescent wellbeing using a genetically informative design. The Twins Early Development Study (TEDS) is world leading in this field, frequently informing policy and often reported in the media. This project expands the impact of TEDS by analysing data collected on 5000 pairs of twins when they were 16 years old using a wide range of variables, including measures of wellbeing, personality characteristics, mental illness and cognitive and academic success. This novel research has great implications for policy, particularly education, and extends current knowledge on subjective wellbeing.

Research supervisors: Dr Claire Haworth

E-mail: abigail.mottershaw@bristol.ac.uk

Twitter: @AbiMottershaw

Website: http://www.bris.ac.uk/expsych/people/abigail-l-mottershaw/index.html

Lucy Porter

Psychology

PhD Researcher in Psychology (ESRC 1+3)
College of Life and Environmental Studies, University of Exeter

Start date: September 2015

Research topic: Inhibitory Control Training to Improve Child Diet Quality

My research looks at whether a simple computer game can help children to make healthier decisions when choosing what to eat. Inhibitory control training (ICT) involves making quick motor responses (keyboard presses) to pictures of food unless a “stop” signal is presented at the same time. When these signals are presented consistently with images of unhealthy snacks (chocolate, sweets, biscuits), training can lead to automatic food-stop associations that reduce selection and intake of these foods. This project aims to determine the conditions under which ICT is most effective on improving child food choices.

Research supervisors: Dr Natalia Lawrence, Professor Frederick Verbruggen, Dr Fiona Gillison

E-mail: lp315@exeter.ac.uk

 

Annabelle Redfern

Psychology

PhD Researcher in Psychology (ESRC 1+3)
School of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol

Start Date: September 2013

Research Topic: Visual perception of faces

My research investigates face processing in the human brain, specifically exploring the functional inter-relationship between the processing of facial identity and facial expressions. In doing so I aim to draw conclusions about the nature of our mental representations of facial identity.

Research supervisors: Dr Christopher Benton, Dr Casimuir Ludwig

Professional memberships / Positions held: PhD representative on the Bristol Vision Institute Management Team, PhD representative on the School of Experimental Psychology Equality & Diversity Committee, Secretariat to the AVA (Applied Vision Association)

E-mail: ar0719@bristol.ac.uk

Antonia Sudkaemper

Psychology

PhD Researcher in Psychology (ESRC +3)
College of Life & Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter

Start Date: September 2015

Research Topic: Gender Equality in the Workplace

I am doing research on gender equality in the workplace, specifically I am investigating how to make the workplace a more even playing field for men and women. Unlike a lot of previous research I am not looking at what women can do to achieve this, but am focusing on men’s contribution, as these are the main power holders in the society at the moment which makes their contribution extremely valuable. This research is important as previous results have shown that not only women, but also men, and even their children, benefit from a more egalitarian society.

Research supervisors: Professor Michelle Ryan, Dr Teri Kirby

Professional memberships / Positions held: Member of the organizing committee of the 2016 SWDTC student conference

E-mail: as863@exeter.ac.uk

LinkedIn: Antonia Sudkaemper

Twitter: @ASudkaemper

Website / Blog: www.antoniasudkaemper.com

Adele Wang

Psychology

PhD Researcher in Psychology (ESRC 1+3)
School of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol

Start Date: September 2014

Research Topic: The role of genes and environment in adolescent wellbeing

My research investigates the genetic and environmental influences that can help us explain why some adolescents experience higher levels of wellbeing than others. I am also interested in predictors of wellbeing throughout the lifecourse. My ESRC PhD studentship is in collaboration with the Department of Health, with the hope that my research will have direct implications on policy recommendations, and help to bridge the gap between research and policy making.

Research supervisors: Dr Claire Haworth, Dr Oliver Davies

E-mail: adele.wang@bristol.ac.uk

Twitter: @adele_wang_

Website: http://dynamicgenetics.org/

Victoria Williamson

Psychology

PhD Researcher in Psychology (ESRC +3)
Department of Psychology, University of Bath

Start Date: September 2015

Research Topic: Child developmental psychopathology 

Childhood trauma exposure is associated with a range of negative psychological outcomes, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Parents are often children’s main source of support following a trauma; however, little is known about the experiences of parents in caring for their child following a traumatic event. Therefore, this research aims to investigate parental responses and experiences following child trauma exposure. Parent behaviours and responses to their child, the effect on the family, and parent perceptions of (need for) support following the child’s trauma will be explored to investigate parent’s experiences and the ways in which parents support their child post-trauma.

Research supervisors: Dr Sarah Halligan, Professor Cathy Creswell

Professional memberships / Positions held: Forensic and Developmental Psychopathology Group

E-mail: vw252@bath.ac.uk

Website: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Victoria_Williamson3