Research in the School of Psychology

Venn Diagram showing relationship of research groups in psychology - Feb17

The Psychology Research Centre has 3 research groups, the Cognitive and Biological Research Group, the Social Psychological Research Group, Health and Well-being Research Group. The research groups provide a supportive research environment sustained by a critical mass of like-minded colleagues.
Multidisciplinary special interest groups have developed organically and are actively supported, and these include the Centre for Research with Children and Young People, and The Qualitative Research Forum.

Cognitive and Biological

Research into neuropsychological and cognitive processes


Social Psychological

Research into social relationships and development


Health & Wellbeing

Critical psychological approaches to understanding health and illness and promoting wellbeing


Children and Young People in Society Special Interest Group

For those interested on conducting research with children and young people.  The group is open to those across the university and external to Keele.  Please contact Claire Fox (c.fox@keele.ac.uk) for details.  CYP site link


Qualitative research forum

The QRL is a home for qualitative research within the School of Psychology. We have dedicated research space in Dorothy Hodgkin Building. As a group, we try to promote a supportive research community committed to high-quality research using qualitative methods. Please contact Dr. Alexandra Kent (a.kent@keele.ac.uk) for details.  QRL link


Keele Action Research Network

This network brings together action researchers across Keele University and beyond.  For more information or to become a member, contact  Emee Estacio e.v.g.estacio@keele.ac.uk


Recent and Current Funded Research

Psychology staff are involved in a wide range of research projects.  Below is a sample of the projects that are externally funded on which staff are currently involved.

  • Huseyin Cakal Social Identity, Well-Being and Civic Participation among Social and Ethnic Groups in India. United Kingdom-India Education and Research Initiative (£188,350.55, 2017-2020).
  • Nicky Edelstyn Motivation, Dopamine, Normal and Abnormal Ageing. International Marie-Curie Fellowship (E 250,000, 2017-2020).
  • Claire Fox Theory, methods, and impact in the field of bullying in schools. BPS seminar series (£3,000, 2016-2017)
  • Jim Grange Examining the reproducibility of meta-analyses in psychology. Berkley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences ($30,000, 2016-2018)
  • Sarah Laurence Children’s face recognition: Does variability help children learn the faces of new people? Leverhulme (£9,849, 2016-2018)
  • Michael Murray (PI: Ryan Woolrych (Heriot Watt); Co-Is: Adriana Portella, Judith Sixsmith, Harry Smith, Soledad Garcia Ferrari, Jenny Fisher, Rebecca Lawthon, Eduardo Rocha, Maria Cristina Lay, Antônio Tarcísio Reis , Isolda de Araújo Günther and Hartmut Günther). Place-making with older adults: Towards age-friendly communities. ESRC Urban Transformations (£480,931, 2016-2019).
  • Yvonne Skipper Evaluating the Long Term Impact of White Water Writers. Shine (£49,000, 2016-2017).
  • Clifford Stott Beyond contagion: Social identity processes in involuntary social influence. ESRC (£923,000, 2016-19).
  • Clifford Stott Enabling an Evidence Based Approach to the Policing of Swedish Football. Gålöstiftelsen (£657,723, 2016-2019).
  • Nicky Edelstyn (PI Simon Ellis, Co-Is: Alice Martini, Tony Fryer, Tom Shepherd) Prevention is Better than Cure: A Proof of Concept Study Investigating Vulnerability Factors for Impulse Control Behaviour in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease. University Hospital of North Midlands Research Charity and private donations (£25,000, 2015-2018).
  • Alexandra Kent (PI: Tony Kearan) Action learning plus: Developing an action/work based learning system for improved knowledge exchange, development and implementation through partnership working. Police Knowledge Fund (£290,541, 2015-2018).
  • Yvonne Skipper Investigating Early Literacy in Stoke on Trent. Stoke on Trent City Councel (£27,000, 2015-2017).
  • Helen Williams Measuring Recollection and Familiarity in Ageing and Mild Cognitive Impairment. ESRC Future Leaders Award (£213,354, 2015-2018).
  • Michael Murray (PI: Ari Väänänen; Co-Is: I. Williamson, A. Järvensivu, L. Kokkinen, A. Koskinen, A. Kouvonen, A. Kuokkanen, A. Petersen, A. Smolander, J. Turtiainen, P. Varje, S. Virtanen). The rise of the vulnerable mind at work: The case of Finland in 1960-2010. Academy of Finland (€675,000, 2013-2016).
  • Sue Sherman Vaccinating boys against HPV: the parent perspective. Wellcome (£4,986, 2015-2017)
  • Sue Sherman Mothers and Daughters: Exploring knowledge about and attitudes towards cervical screening and HPV vaccination. North Staffordshire Medical Institute (£8,511, 2015-2017).
  • Michael Murray (PI: Ryan Woolrych (Heriot Watt); Co-Is: Adriana Portella, Judith Sixsmith, Harry Smith, Soledad Garcia Ferrari, Jenny Fisher, Rebecca Lawthon, Eduardo Rocha, Maria Cristina Lay, Antônio Tarcísio Reis , Isolda de Araújo Günther and Hartmut Günther). Place-making with older adults: Towards age-friendly communities. ESRC Urban Transformations (£480,931, 2016-2019).
  • Nicky Edelstyn (PI Simon Ellis, Co-Is: Alice Martini, Tony Fryer, Tom Shepherd) Prevention is Better than Cure: A Proof of Concept Study Investigating Vulnerability Factors for Impulse Control Behaviour in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease. University Hospital of North Staffordshire Research Charity and private donations (£20,000 + £1,000, 2015-2018).
  • Claire Fox (Co-I, Dr Pete Lonsdale) Project Blog: enhancing our understanding of the final year Psychology project through reflective writing. Higher Education Academy (£4800, 2012-2014).