Researchers & Doctoral Students

We have a strong and growing community of Postgraduate Researchers, including Post-doctoral Fellows, Research Officers, fully funded PhD Students, as well as students undertaking training on our Professional Doctorates in Health and Clinical Psychology. Click on the below profile pictures for further details about our research staff and research students.

Research Staff


Adam BAdam Boughey

Research Associate

Adam is a Trainee Health Psychologist at Staffordshire University and also contributes to undergraduate Psychology teaching at the university. Adam is involved in a number of research projects in Psychology and Public Health.


Lisa CLisa Cowap

Research Officer

Lisa is a Trainee Health Psychologist at Staffordshire University and is also currently working as a Research Officer on an MRC-funded Smoking Prevention Project being conducted in schools in the Staffordshire county and Leeds.


Dr. KeiraKeira F Flett

Research Officer

Keira is a Health Psychologist (completed 2014) and is currently a Research Officer working on the MRC funded Smoking Prevention Project in Schools. Keira is also involved in research projects using facial morphing software to show the effects of smoking and alcohol use on facial appearance.


PhD Students

man_silhouette_clip_art_9510Sonia Begum

Supervisors: Dr Rachel Povey, Dr Christopher Gidlow & Dr Naomi Ellis

Thesis Title: The design, development and evaluation of a diabetes prevention programme



man_silhouette_clip_art_9510Angela Bonner

Supervisors: Professor Marc Jones & Dr Michael Batashvili

Thesis Title: Investigating the relationship between glucose-regulation and cognitive processing



man_silhouette_clip_art_9510Sian Calvert

Supervisors: Dr Robert Dempsey & Dr Rachel Povey

Thesis Title: Applying the social norms approach to improve dietary behaviours amongst high school students



man_silhouette_clip_art_9510Darel Cookson

Supervisors: Dr Daniel Jolley, Dr Robert Dempsey, & Dr Rachel Povey

Thesis Title: “The role of social norms in reducing belief in conspiracy theories”



Doreen FDoreen Fleet

Supervisors: Dr Mani das Gupta & Dr Amy Burton

Thesis title: Investigating the use of sand-tray with adult clients in short-term Person-Centred Therapy



Tina Hamilton

Supervisors: Dr Robert Dempsey & Professor Eleanor Bradley (University of Worcester)

Thesis Title: A critical analysis of adult safeguarding practices in NHS mental health trusts



Claudia Lega

Supervisors: Dr Christopher Gidlow, Dr Naomi Ellis, & Dr Gemma Hurst

Thesis title: Natural environments, stress and cognitive functioning



man_silhouette_clip_art_9510Irene Massaiu

Supervisors: Professor Karen Rodham & Dr Amy Burton

Thesis Title: Portraits of Pain: The use of pain drawings to meaningfully communicate pain experiences



Jenny_Parfitt-Bowman_150_tcm44-88083Jenny Parfitt-Bowman

Supervisors: Dr Louise Humphreys, Dr Emily Buckley & Dr Erica Lucas

Thesis Title: Consumers and their brands: An integrated approach to initial brand attraction.



HeadshotEmma Roberts

Supervisors: Dr Louise Humphreys & Dr Sarah Krahenbuhl

Thesis Title: The role of attention and negative emotion in the production of false memories



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