About us

We are large community of academics and professional clinicians undertaking innovative research and delivering high-quality teaching and training. We are concerned with psychological issues across the life-course and across generations, in the face of local and global challenges to wellbeing and psychological health. The research we do, the interventions we develop, and the teaching and training we deliver is intended to provide maximum benefit to individuals and societies. 

We aim to

  • Releasing the life-long potential of the human brain
  • Addressing inequalities in life-course health and wellbeing
  • Embracing changing societies, environments and communities
  • Intervening to create fulfilled, healthy and creative lives
  • Creating innovative assessment, analysis and intervention
  • Informing and influencing policy and practice
  • Educating the professionals of the future.

Our approach

A key aspect to our approach to research and teaching is working with non-academic partners and the advantages of this are particularly evident in the opportunities that students have to explore life as a professional psychologist by participating in the Professional Training year.


The school is consists of two departments. In each department there are five sections that reflect areas of common teaching or research interests.

The Department of Psychological Sciences

Head of Department: Prof Ian Walker

Section Section lead
Brain SciencesBertram Opitz
Developmental and Educational SciencesEmily Farran
Cognitive PsychologyAdrian Banks
Health and Behaviour ChangeJane Ogden
Centre for Food, Consumer Behaviour and HealthMonique Raats
Social PsychologyPeter Hegarty
Environmental PsychologyBirgitta Gatersleben

The Department of Psychological Interventions

Head of Department: Mary John

Section  Section lead
Clinical TeachingLaura Simmonds
Clinical SkillsNan Holmes
Psychotherapy and CounsellingMary John
Clinical AcademicOliver Mason
Talking therapiesEmma Crouch

Equality and diversity

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The School is committed to promoting equality and diversity and ensuring there is an inclusive culture in the School free from discrimination. 

Our approach is to ensure values of collegiality, respect and professionalism and to uphold dignity and courtesy:

  • We are committed to ensuring access to opportunities for students and staff that do not discriminate on the basis of ethnic origin, national identity, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or socio-economic background.
  • We lead the way in research in inequalities and stigma and are proud of the contributions we make to this area.
  • The school is committed to best practice to ensure awareness of policies and procedures and to promote equality and diversity.
  • We actively monitor and intervene to address unfair practice or discrimination affecting any member of the school, and to eliminate bias from all school procedures.
  • We are committed to promoting a healthy work-life balance and a positive working environment.
  • We have been awarded an Athena Swan Bronze Award.