Sophie Russell

Dr Sophie Russell

Lecturer in Social Psychology
Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of Kent, 2010



After completing my PhD in Social Psychology at the University of Kent I continued there as a Lecturer in Psychology. I started my present role as Lecturer in Social Psychology at Surrey in January 2013.

Research interests

My main research interests are in moral emotions, social cognition, prejudice, and culture. Previously, my research has focused on uncovering novel differences between anger and disgust, in moral and group contexts, focusing on the consequences of these emotions. Currently, my research projects involve applying these findings to understand political engagement, reactions to criminal behaviours, and prejudice interventions.

Current Teaching

PSY1019- Social Psychology with research methods 1 (module convenor and contributor)

PSY3093- Morality and Emotions (module convenor and contributor)

Departmental duties

Disability liaison

Undergraduate exams officer

Personal and Placement tutor


Postgraduate research supervision

My publications


Peer- Reviewed Journal Publications

Chakroff, A., Russell, P.S., Piazza, J., & Young, L. (2017). From impure to harmful: Asymmetric expectations about immoral agents. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 69, 201-209.

Russell P.S., & Piazza J. (2015). Consenting to counter-normative sexual acts: Differential effects of consent on anger and disgust as a function of transgressor or consenter. Cognition and Emotion, 29, 634-653. doi: 10.1080/02699931.2014.930420

Russell, P.S., & Giner-Sorolla, R. (2013). Bodily-Moral Disgust: What It Is, How It Is Different from Anger and Why It Is an Unreasoned Emotion. Psychological Bulletin, 139, 328-351. doi: 10.1037/a0029319

Piazza, J., Russell, P. S., & Sousa, P. (2013). Moral emotions and the envisaging of mitigating circumstances for wrongdoing. Cognition & Emotion, 27, 707-722. doi: 10.1080/02699931.2012.736859

Russell, P.S., Piazza, J., & Giner-Sorolla, R. (2013). CAD revisited: Effects of the Word “Moral” on the Moral Relevance of Disgust (and Other Emotions). Social Psychological and Personality Science, 4, 62-68. doi: 10.1177/1948550612442913

Russell, P.S., & Giner-Sorolla, R. (2011). Moral anger, but not moral disgust, responds to intentionality. Emotion, 11, 233-240.  doi:10.1037/a0022598

Russell, P.S., & Giner-Sorolla, R. (2011). Social justifications for moral emotions: When reasons for disgust are less elaborated than for anger. Emotion, 11, 637-646. doi:10.1037/a0022600

Russell, P.S., & Giner-Sorolla, R. (2011).  Moral anger is more flexible than moral disgust. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2, 360-364. doi:10.1177/1948550610391678


Peer- Reviewed Journal Publications (under review)

Giner-Sorolla, R, & Russell, P.S. (2017). Not just disgust: Fear and anger attitudes also predict intergroup dehumanization. Revise and Resubmit Cognition & Emotion.

AlSheddi, M., Russell, P.S., & Hegarty, P. (2017). Moral identity outside of the Western context. Revise and Resubmit European Journal of Social Psychology.


Other Publications

McDowall, A., Carr, I., Russell, S., Glorney, E., Bharj, N., Coyle, A., & Nash, R. (2014). What works to prevent wrongdoing in police and other organisations? A rapid evidence assessment: A rapid evidence assessment (TBC). College of Policing.

Russell, P.S., & Giner-Sorolla, R. (July 2011). The dangers of disgust in the courtroom. The Jury Expert.

Abrams, D., Russell, P.S, Vauclair, M., Swift, H. (2011).  Ageism in Europe: Findings from the European Social Survey. London: AgeUK.

Giner-Sorolla, R, & Russell, P.S. (2009). Anger, disgust and sexual crimes. In Horvath, M.A.H. & Brown, J.M. (Eds.), Rape: Challenging contemporary thinking (Chapter 3). Cullompton: Willan Publishing.